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From sunny Marseilles, in the South of France, comes this meal-in-a-soup.


5 lb of 5 or 6 different kinds of fish 20 mussels
10 big or extra big shrimps
6 onions
2 tomatoes
1 lemon
2 cups white wine
1/2 cup olive oil
2 bay leaf
3 cloves
orange zest
white and black pepper
Thick slices of French or Italian bread.

Place fish, sliced onion, tomato, olive oil, wine and spices in a 1 1/2 gallon pot. Add water or soup stock to cover mix. Cook 20 minutes on medium heat .
Add seafood and cook 20 minutes longer.
Drain liquid and serve soup over the piece of bread on the plate.
Garnish with fish and other seafood.

If you were lucky enough to get whole fish, cut head and tails, put them in big saucepan along with all or some of following:
leek, onion, carrot, celery stalk; just cover with water, bring to boil and gently simmer for a half hour. Strain and use instead of water in above recipe.

French Bread

4 packages dry yeast
2 and 1/4 cups warm water
1 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp. sugar
7 cups flour
corn meal
1 egg white, beaten with 1 Tbsp. water

Dissolve yeast in warm water in large mixing bowl. Add salt, sugar and flour to yeast and mix into dough. Knead dough on floured surface until smooth, about 15 minutes. Place dough in greased bowl and cover bowl with damp towel. Let dough rise for about 2 hours until doubled in size. Squish dough back down and let it rise again for about 1 hour.

Divide dough into three pieces. Roll dough out with rolling pin on floured surface and then shape each piece into a loaf. Sprinkle corn meal on cookie sheet and place loaves on cookie sheet. Slit tops of loaves with sharp knife and brush with egg white/water mixture. Let dough rise again, uncovered, for about 1 hour and then brush again with egg white/water mixture.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Brush loaves again with egg white/water mixture and bake for 15 minutes longer.

Applesauce Cake

1/2 c Butter
1 c Sugar
1 ea Egg, beaten lightly
1 3/4 c Cake flour
1 c Raisins
1 c Nutmeats
1 ts Baking soda
1/4 ts Salt
1 ts Cinnamon
1/2 ts Cloves
1 c Applesauce, hot

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg. Stir in dry ingredients. Add hot applesauce. Bake in 350 degree oven about 1 hr and 15 mins or until toothpick comes out clean. Keeps moist for days.

From my mom's collection of recipes

Oatmeal Bars
24 servings

3 c rolled oats -- uncooked
1 1/4 c unbleached flour
3/4 c granulated sugar
3/4 c brown sugar -- packed
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 c reduced fat margarine -- softened
2 whole egg whites -- slightly beaten
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375. Prepare a 9 x 13" pan with cooking spray and flour; set aside. In a mixing bowl, combine oats, flour, sugars, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In another mixing bowl, combine margarine, egg whites, and vanilla extract. Mix dry ingredients with wet ingredients just until moistened. Spread mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.


2 potatoes, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly slice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup light cream
1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
freshly ground pepper to taste
salt, if desired
1 lightly baked 9-inch pie shell, firm but not brown
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a skillet, sauté the potatoes and onion in the butter until cooked and lightly browned, about 18 to 20 minutes.
Cool slightly.

Mix the eggs, cream, Gruyere, mustard, pepper, and salt if desired, into the potato-onion mixture. Pour into the pre-heated pie shell.
Bake in oven 35 to 40 minutes, or until knife inserted into center comes out clean.

Cool slightly before cutting. Serves 4 to 6.

Mediterranean Chicken

6 - 8 boneless chicken breasts
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 - 6 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/2 cup ripe olives, pitted and sliced
1/3 cup dry red wine
2 - 14 oz. cans diced tomatoes
2 tsp. dried oregano
2/3 cup Feta or goat cheese

Heat oil in a large skillet and add garlic and chicken. Simmer until chicken juices are no longer pink. Add parsley, olives, red wine, diced tomatoes and oregano. Simmer for 15 minutes over low heat. Sprinkle with Feta or goat cheese and allow cheese to melt, Serve with rice or pasta.

Overnight Cookies

2 c Sugar
1 1/2 c Melted butter
4 1/2 c Flour
2 ts Baking powder
3 ea Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla (optional)

Combine sugar with melted butter. Sift flour and baking powder. Add eggs alternately with flour to creamed mixture of butter and sugar. Add vanilla if desired. Divide dough into 4 parts. Add one of the following to each part: 1/2 c coconut 1/4 c peanut butter or nuts 1/2 c dates 1 t ea. cinnamon and nutmeg Roll dough separately in wax paper or put in molds. Chill in refrigerator. Slice and bake 7-10 minutes at 400 degrees.

Crumb Coffee Cake

2 c All-purpose flour
1 Egg, beaten
2 c Brown sugar
1 tsp Soda
1/2 c Shortening
1 Baking powder, pinch 1 c Sour milk

Crumble shortening into sugar and flour. Reserve 3/4 c of the mixture for topping. To the remaining dry ingredients add shortening, milk and egg. Mix well and place in deep, 8" square baking dish.Cover with the 3/4 c reserved crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until done.

Steak & Kidney Pie

1 Kidney, beef
4 tb Shortening
2 Onion; chopped
2 lb Round steak; cubed
1 1/2 tb Worcester sauce
1/2 ts Salt
1/2 ts Pepper
2 tb Butter; softened
2 tb Flour
2 tb Parsley; minced
1 ts Rosemary
1 ts Oregano


1 c Flour; + 2 t
1/4 ts Salt
1/3 c Shortening
2 tb ;water, cold

Wash the kidney, remove membranes and fat, and cut kidney in 1" cubes. Cube the steak into 1" cubes. Melt the shortening in a heavy pot. Add the onions and cook, stirring often, until well browned. Add the steak and kidneys. When the meat is browned on all sides, pour on 2 cups of boiling water, Worcester, salt, and pepper. Cove and cook over a very low heat for 1 1/2 hours, or until the steak is tender.
Preheat the oven to 400 F. Blend the butter with the flour to make a beurre manie. Drop small pellets of this paste into the sauce and stir to thicken it. Put meat and sauce into a deep pie plate and sprinkle with parsley. If you wish to use a pastry topping, roll out the dough and cover the pie plate. Slash the top, crimp the edges, and bake about 30 minutes, or until well browned.

Pastry: Mix the flour and salt. Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender. Combine lightly only until the mixture resembles coarse meal or very tine peas; its texture will not be uniform but will contain crumbs and small bits and pieces. Sprinkle water over the flour mixture, a tablespoon at a time, and mix lightly with a fork, using only enough water so that the pastry will hold together when pressed gently into a ball.

--- Fannie Farmer Cookbook

Homemade ketchup in a pinch.

One 6-ounce can tomato paste
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until smooth.

When mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often.

Remove pan from heat and cover until cool. Chill and store in a covered container.

Makes 1 1/2 cups.

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