And now for something completely different. My recent posts have been pretty serious so it is time to have some fun.
I recently posted a picture of one of our dinner meals – Chicken Cashew Casserole. Several people requested the recipe (so here it is, at the bottom of this post).
Then I started thinking about family food favorites and decided to ask our kids about it – what was their favorite? what did they not like?
Interestingly, our daughter said she wasn’t a fan of my hot dishes – except for two of them. She hated carrots, beets, mushroom soup, and green peppers – but now she eats them all. Oldest son mentioned mushroom soup, also, recalling the time where all we had for a meal was mushroom soup – and we all got sick!! I still don’t like it and rarely eat mushrooms (and then only when it is a small part of a dish).
Her favorite foods: Old Dutch potato chips (yes, specifically, Old Dutch), kohrabi (introduced to the family by her Grandpa Art), olives, radishes (the whole family loves radishes), bean with bacon soup, Hamburger Rice Hotdish and Tator Tot Hotdish (with green beans). Another of her favorites – and everyone else – was fresh-baked bread made by Grandma Edna. I am not good at baking bread; I am forever washing my hands to get the flour off – which doesn’t make for good bread making.
Our youngest son had only two responses – grilled pork chops and deviled eggs (another family holiday favorite). I usually use two dozen eggs – which makes 48 deviled eggs for a family gathering; rarely are there any left. This son claims he is overweight from his love of pork chops. I think there might be more to that story. He didn’t have any items he didn’t like – so that might be why he is a bit overweight.
Favorite family meals include:
- Hamburger Rice Hot Dish
- Chicken Dumpling Soup
- Tator Tot Hot Dish
- Chicken Cashew Casserole
- Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Every once in a while, I will post a blog with another recipe – and perhaps the story of the Pork Chop Investigation, or Remy and his Ham, etc.
I hope you enjoy this blog. Thanks for reading.
Chicken Cashew Casserole
(Note; You can substitute tuna for the chicken)
1 1/2 cup of cashew, halved or chopped
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cans cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup
1/2 can of milk (more if needed)
3 – 10 to 12 oz. cans of canned chicken (or tuna), drained, rinsed and broken apart
1 12-oz. bag of chow mein noodles
Salt and pepper to taste.
Soy Sauce (optional)
Chop onion and celery; saute in fry pan until soft and let cool.
Chop cashews and put in large mixing bowl.
Add chicken or tuna, which has been rinsed and broken apart.
Add celery and onion.
Empty canned soup into a bowl and stir in milk.
Pour into bowl with other ingredients and stir. You can add more milk, just a little at a time, if the mixture is hard to stir.
Add the bag of chow mein noodles and stir.
Put the mixture into a ceramic baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking oil. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Take the cover off for the last five minutes to brown the top of the casserole.
Serve warm with soy sauce as a condiment.
Warning: This casserole is very rich – so don’t overdo!! Also, this makes a lot – so you may want to use smaller amounts if it’s just for a few.