Sunday, January 9, 2011

Recipe 46: NEVER FAIL NOODLES (Side dish)

This is my aunt Marys recipe. She is a great cook. Her second husband, Uncle Phil, was a jovial Italian man with a love of people and food. Her recipes to me always seem to reflect his spirit. Uncle Phil passed away a few years ago, so this is in memory of him.  Love and Miss you Uncle Phil!

1cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1/4 tsp butter
2 1/2 tsp milk

In a bowl, place flour and make a well.  Drop remaining ingredients into the well.  Mix with a fork to form a ball.  Roll out on a floured surface until very thin.  Let set for 20 minutes.  Cut as desired.

You can then use these noodles as you would any fresh pasta noodle. Typically you boil it in salted water for just a few minutes until al dente. (since it is fresh and not hard, dont overboil or you will have mush)

I use these for chicken and dumplings, chicken noodle soup, pasta, lasagna. You can do just about anything with these basic noodles. 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Recipe 45:Mrs Colangelos Brownies (cookies/Brownies)

Growing up in the 40s and 50s in Flint MI, my dad had a neighbor named Mrs Colangelo. This woman was the epitome of everything a good Italian woman should be.  She made THE BEST COOKIES AND BROWNIES ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH (according to my dad).
To this day, at almost 70, my dad STILL talks about Mrs Colangelo and her baked goods.
I found this recipe in my grandmothers recipe box. My dad doesnt know I have the recipe.  I think for his birthday in March, I may make up a batch of these famous brownies and see if he has a flashback.

1/3 cup crisco
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 squares baking chocolate
2/3 cup flour
1/3 cup nuts

melt chocolate over double broiler (I just microwave in pyrex)
combine all ingredients.
Bake at 325 until done through.