Thursday, December 25, 2008

Nana's Onion Salad

My Mom's Mom, or Nana, always brought this tasty salad to Christmas or Thanksgiving dinners.

It's very tasty and smooth not what you would expect from uncooked onions.

Here is the original recipe that was published in the Church Women's Cookbook.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Date Filled Oatmeal Cookies

These are the real deal...
I was going through my old recipe binder that my Mom gave me back in December 87
and found the original recipe for Date Filled Cookies.

Frequent readers of this kitchen rag will remember that I published an internet version of this
in February of this year. I did promise to keep searching and I did found it.
As so often is the case when you make something for years and years you leave out
the " common sense details that everyone should know" Please read the details at the bottom
where I will fill you in on what I found missing.

The recipe is a follows,

Oatmeal Cookies- Grandma G
2 cups oatmeal

2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 cup margarine a little water (12 tsp)

Date filling

1 cup chopped dates

1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tablespoon butter ( I don't remember using lemon juice + butter

Cook slowly until thick (can mash).

All this is my take on it...

Mix the sugar and room temperature margarine, I used butter, add the soda and salt.
Use unsalted butter or margarine or it will be too salty.
Once that is creamed add the flour and then the instant oatmeal.

I rolled them on parchment paper and put them on a cookie sheet to cool in the fridge.

Preheat the oven to 350, and cook for 15 min.

I used the compressed packet of dates (they are a dry staple on the Prairies).
Fresh Mejoule dates were unheard of.
Slowly heat and reduce the dates until they are thick like a stiff jam.
This will scorch if you let it.
Use a knife to spread a thick dollop of date in the centre of the cookie and screw them together.

The results are in the picture.

I had mine with a cup of tea in the " Weekend Morning Show" mug that Ron Robinson
mailed to me. I can't remember the question that I had to answer to win it.
I miss listening to Ron every weekend with his tales of walking in to work on
Portage Ave.