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Welcome to Keya's recipes. Over time, Keya will be sharing some of her favorite recipes. She wanted to start this off with her favorite Breakfast recipe.

Maine Wild Blueberry Pancakes

Start with the following ingredients:

2 cups All Purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
4 tablespoon butter
1 cup wild Maine blueberries

plus melted butter for the griddle

Add the eggs, melted butter, and about 1/2 cup of milk to a mixing bowl, whip until mixed. Add the dry ingredients, stirring them in without over mixing. Add enough milk until the batter is that of a thick paste, or cream of wheat. Add the blueberries and mix lightly. Preheat a griddle or pan to 400 degrees, coat thoroughly with melted butter. The griddle temperature is right when  a drop of water breaks into smaller drops that dance across the griddle. Use a 1/3 cup for a measure for each pancake, turn when the first bubbles begin to burst. The thick batter will make for a thick pancake.

Servings: 4 normal people, or Keya and a not too hungry friend. Enjoy!

Strawberry and Banana Jam

Start with the following ingredients:

1 1/2 cup crushed strawberries
1/2 cup mashed banana
3 1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup certo [fruit pectin]

1. Add the fruit to a saucepan with sugar and mix well
2. Boil mixture for 4 minutes, remove from heat and add certo
3. pour into canning jars and seal

This recipe will make approximately 37 oz of jam. 

Old Fashion Bread

Start with the following ingredients:

1/4 cup shortening
2 tsp Salt
2 Tbsp sugar
2 cups warmed whole milk
1/4 cup warm water
1 package yeast
6 1/2 cup flour

1. mix the ingredients together adding or subtracting from the flour to make a firm dough, not to stick or not too stiff. Add the yeast at this point and knead thoroughly
2. grease the surface of the dough and let rise for 2 hours
3. knead the dough back down and divide into two greased bread bans let rise for at least 1 hour
4. bake for 40-50 minutes at 350 degrees until done.

Yields two loafs of Bread.
Keya included this so you would have something to put the strawberry and banana jam on.

Sala Magondy

Start with the following ingredients:

2 lbs sausage meat or ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onions
2 1/2 cup tomato peeled and cut into chunks
1 1/2 cup water
1 tsp Salt
2 cup peas
1/2 cup cheese cubes
1 cup pasta of choice, uncooked

1. Fry half of the meat in balls, put them in a covered container to keep warm when finished
2. Brown the rest of the meat & onions, add the tomatoes
3. Add the uncooked macaroni, peas, water, salt and cook for 30 minutes
4. Add the cheese and simmer until the cheese melts
5. Cover the surface with the meatballs and serve

Serves 6-8

This is an old family recipe, it hits the spot after a log day of battling invading hoards of barbarians. Watch your cholesterol, and enjoy.

Brown Sugar Penuche Fudge

Start with the following ingredients:

2 Tbsp melted butter
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 cup light cream (or milk)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp marshmallow creme (Heaping)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup nuts (chopped) (optional)
1 tsp salt

1. Stir together all ingredients until dissolved
2. Bring to a boil and add the baking soda stir well while adding
3. boil fudge until it will form a firm ball in cold water. Stir occasionally to prevent burning
4. remove from heat, add marshmallow, salt, vanilla, and nuts
5. Pour into greased pan to cool. Cut into squares and serve

A favorite among Elves with a sweet tooth like Keya. Enjoy

Meat Loaf Italiano

Start with the following ingredients:

1 lb lean ground beef
1 cup bread crumbs (soft)
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
2 Tbsp instant minced onion
1 1/2 tsp parsley flakes
1 1/4 tsp salt (divided)
1 1/4 tsp basil (divided)
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 cup water
3 each egg (divided)
2 Tbsp dry bread crumbs
1/2 lb ricotta cheese
safflower oil

1. Preheat oven 350 degrees
2. mix meat with soft bread crumbs, Romano cheese, minced onions, water, parsley and 1 tsp each of salt and basil, black pepper and 2 of the eggs
3. brush inside of a 9x5x3 pan with safflower oil and sprinkle bottom and sides with dry bread crumbs
4. turn half of the meat mixture into the pan
5. Mix ricotta with remaining egg and 1/4 tsp of basil and salt. Spread the mixture over the meat in the pan
6. Top with the remaining half of the meat mixture. press edges of meat layers together
7. Brush top with safflower oil. Bake until done about 1 hour.
8. (The ricotta cheese makes it's own sauce to be spooned over the meat slices)

Serves 4-6

An unusual meatloaf with a lasagna -like quality with it's ricotta-egg center. The ricotta in the middle makes it's own oil that can be spooned on to the slices when serving.

Soft Molasses Cookies

Start with the following ingredients:

1/2 cup sugar
1 cup molasses
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
4 cups flour

1. mix all the dry ingredients together

2. slowly mix dry ingredients with the other ingredients to make a dough. Add just enough of the water to make a firm dough.

3. chill dough one hour, then roll to 1/8 thickness and cut with any shape cookie cutter

4. bake for 10 minutes on greased sheet at 375 degrees. Do not over bake, it will dry the cookies

Makes 24-30 cookies

A soft molasses cookie, an old family favorite

Tomato Soup Spice Cake

Start with the following ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 can (15 oz) tomato soup
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ginger
1 cup raisins (optional)
1 cup nuts
2 each egg slightly beaten

1. cream sugar and shortening

2. Add eggs, tomato soup with baking soda dissolved in it

3. add flour, baking powder and spices beat well

4. add raisins and nuts

5. pour into greased and floured pan

6. Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees

Keya recommends frosting this cake with her favorite cream cheese frosting!

Cream Cheese Frosting

Start with the following ingredients:

1 package cream cheese
2 cups confectioner's sugar
1 tsp vanilla

1. soften the cream cheese

2. mix the ingredients together thoroughly

3. frost and serve, refrigerate any leftovers

This sweet but tart frosting adds a great touch to many cakes

New England Style Baked Beans

Start with the following ingredients:

4 cups Pea Beans (2 lbs)
1/2 lb salt pork fat melted or other fat
2 tsp Salt
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 small onion chopped
1/2 cup molasses
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp ginger

1. soak beans over night then drain water

2. cover with fresh water & boil until skin breaks

3. Put beans and water in a crock pot

4. Put salt pork and onion

5. combine rest of seasoning and pour over the beans

6. add 1 cup boiling water, place lid on the pot.

7. bake for 6 hours 250-300 degrees

8. uncover last 1/2 hour to brown top

It's a great traditional baked bean. Add sausage, brats, or hot dogs during the last half hour for a twist. Or serve with cornbread.

Simple Corn Chowder

Start with the following ingredients:

2 15-oz can cream-style corn
3 15-oz can potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 15-oz can whole kernel corn
1/2 large white Spanish onion diced
24 oz whole milk
1/2 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
1/4 cup butter
2 tsp sugar
1 pinch Salt and pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp corn starch

1. Open canned potatoes and drain the fluid. Place them in a 4 quart or larger pot and cover with water. Bring them to a boil and continue boiling an additional 10 minutes. Pour them into a strainer and return to the pot.

2. Drain the whole corn, then add the cream corn, and whole corn to the pot. Half fill the empty cans with whole milk, stir with a spoon to clean the cans and pour the milk into the pot. Turn the heat on low-medium to bring the chowder to a slow simmer

3. Dice the onion into small pieces and add the onion to the pot.

4. Once the chowder is simmering, add the butter and the sugar, stir frequently so the chowder doesn't stick to the pan. Add corn starch to thicken.

5. Add Salt and Pepper to taste

6. Continue simmering until the onion is tender and the chowder has thickened, add additional milk to taste if desired.

7. When the chowder has simmered sufficiently, lower the heat and add swiss cheese stirring in until melted.
Servings: 6

Cooking Times
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
A rich old fashion corn chowder that is easy to make

Vegetarian Chili

Start with the following ingredients:

1 15-oz dark red kidney beans drained well
1 15-oz Pinto Beans drained
1 15-oz Light red Kidney Beans Drained
2 14.5-oz Contadina Diced Tomatoes w/burgandy Wine & Olive oil
5-6 large garlic clove, crushed
3 Tbsp minced onion
1 small green bell pepper seeded and diced
1 small red bell pepper seeded and diced
1/2 package frozen corn
2 tsp chili powder, or to taste
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp ground red pepper (cayenne pepper), or to taste
5 ounces vegetarian broth
1 6-oz tomato paste

1. Add the diced peppers and crushed garlic into a frying pan and sauté until tender with a little olive oil.

2. If you couldn't find contadina diced tomatoes with burgundy and olive oil, take an equal amount of diced tomatoes and sauté in another frying pan with 5-oz red burgundy wine and some olive oil

3. Add The Kidney beans and pinto beans to a crock pot or pan. Add in the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and the sauté peppers. Add the corn still frozen along with the minced onions. Add the spices, broth, mix well and simmer.

4. Adjust the spices to taste. cook 6-8 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high in a crock pot. Simmer a couple hours if cooking on the stove.
Servings 6

A tasty chili that will just fit in a 2.5 quart crock pot

Spanish Rice with Beans

Start with the following ingredients:

1 lb pink beans
1 can (6 oz) tomato sauce
3 Tbsp minced onion
3 each bay leaves
1 oz salt pork fat melted or other fat
1 cup white rice uncooked
2 Tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon oregano
6 1/4 cup water

1. Take one pound of pink beans. remove any stones or bad beans and then rinse. Add 4 cups of water to a sauce pan with beans. Bring to boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat, letting the beans soak for 1-2hours

2. When the beans have soaked. DO NOT DRAIN THE WATER. Cut the salt pork into small cubes and cook in a skillet.

3. Bring the beans to a simmer, add the tomato sauce, onions, garlic and oregano to the beans.

4. Add the salt pork and bay leaves and simmer for 2 hours stirring occasionally

5. Add pinches of salt and pepper to taste

6. add 2 1/4 cups water to a saucepan. add the rice and butter. cover and bring to a boil for 15 minutes let stand covered for an additional 5 minutes

7. Put the rice on a plate and spoon the beans over the rice

Servings 8

Simple Tomato Sauce

Start with the following ingredients:

1/2 large yellow onion, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic clove, minced
28 ounces tomatoes crushed
1 tsp oregano leaves, crushed
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
1 tsp sugar

1. Prepare the sauce. Coarsely grate half of an onion. Grating the onion will create smaller onion pieces and release more of the onion's juices, and is faster than chopping.
2. Heat olive oil in a saucepan on medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
3. Add the minced garlic. Cook until fragrant, about a minute more. Then add the tomatoes, oregano, red pepper flakes, and sugar.
4. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to maintain the simmer.

servings 4
Most of the recipes on this page are old handwritten recipes handed down through the family for decades. The original source if ever known has been long lost in time. When a source is known we will include it with the recipe. If you think you know the source for any of these, let us know and we will be glad to give credit where credit is due, or remove one should it violate a copyright.
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