After sharing such tasty treats from the Salad Cookbook, Mike decided to peruse the Casseroles volume of the series. Before you run away screaming, I promise there’s no jello.
Mike: Corned Beef Casseroles – PLURAL! *page flipping* ‘Shallow rectangular glass dishes are the backbone of casserole cookery.’
Me: Find me something really gross.
Mike: *giggles* Baked Potatoes in Blankets – you basically take a potato and wrap it in steak.
Mom: And cook the HELL out of it.
Mike: 450 degrees for 120 minutes.
Mom: Who’d have thought 40 year old cookbooks could be so amusing?
Mike: Beef and Cheese Surprise – it calls for mono sodium glutimate. I’m figuring that’s the surprise.
Dad: As in, “where the hell do I find it.”
Mike: I found the recipe for More.
Rocco: What’s in More?
Mike: Ground Beef, olives, onions, macaroni, cream style corn, tomatoes, peas, mushrooms (optional).
Mom: Sound good! I want to try More.
Mike: There are three pages of Bacon Casseroles.
Mike: *giggling* Sausage Peanut Pilaf.
Mike: It has a can of Cream of Mushroom soup. Speaking of soup, I found Five-Can Casserole. Tuna Unusual? It starts with dark corn syrup. *shudder* It’s got tuna and clams.
Mom: I like tuna.
Rocco: I like clams.
Thom: I like and.
Mike: We hit the Game section – Mallard Duck with Bing Cherries.
Thom: That sounds FANCY!
Mike: Rabbit Cacciatore or Squab Casserole? Even better – Montezuma’s Special.
Me: Sounds like Thom yesterday morning.
Mom: The sun is so pretty with the snow!
Thom: Your son is always pretty.
Mike: Here you go Elly, Frankfurter Hash.
Mike: It starts with twelve weiners.
Thom: So does a Houston Gang Bang.
Mom: I think hot dogs smell SO GOOD but always taste SO BAD.
Thom: That’s why people spit.
Dad: I like Baked Beans.
Just in case you guys need more More in your lives, I want you to have the recipe. Also because I’m about to drive 10 hours and I need to wrap this shit up.
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 sm. onion, chopped
1 1/2 c. macaroni, cooked
1 can cream-style corn
1 can tomatoes, drained
1 can peas, drained
1 green pepper, chopped
1 sm. can mushrooms (opt.)
1 can pitted black olives, sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
Fry meat until it changes color; add onion and cook. Add remaining ingredients except cheese; pour into two casseroles. Cover with cheese. Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees. This casserole freezes well. Yield: 8 – 10 servings.
Wish us luck on the arctic trek north. Hopefully Thom won’t spend the entire drive blowing Bojangles and Mountain Dew laden burps into my face. Otherwise I’ll just have to kill him and spend the rest of my life in a federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison. I like wine too much to spend the rest of my life in prison.