Recipes
Because sometimes quantities make a difference.

Super polenta. Boil three cups of water. Sprinkle in one cup of cornmeal, whisking furiously. Cook on low until done.
Pro tips: Instead of boiling water, boil chicken stock. Bouillon cubes are delicious, but tend to have MSG or trans fats. Finely-ground cornmeal has a better texture, but will form displeasing lumps if you whisk merely vigorously and not furiously. To the almost-finished polenta, add (in decreasing order of deliciousness) cheese, frozen corn, frozen peas, frozen chopped spinach/kale, drained rinsed canned beans, drained canned chopped tomatoes.

Chocolate mousse. Melt one package (12ish oz) of chocolate chips and blend in blender with one package (16 oz) of silken tofu and 0-1 cups milk.
Pro tip: Less milk, more like canned chocolate frosting.

Potato salad. Boil 2.5 pounds (~12) of chopped white potatoes, and drain thoroughly. While still hot, douse in vinegar, stir, and repeat until they stop absorbing vinegar. Meanwhile, poke and then microwave 1.5 pounds (~4) of sweet potatoes until soft, scoop the orange flesh into a dish, and mix with 3/4 cup sour cream and 3/4 cup mayonnaise, plus pepper or whatnot. Boil and chop 6 eggs and mix everything together.
Pro tip: If you are using 100% real British potatoes, you should use 100% real British malt vinegar. Also, it is not possible to add too much vinegar. Keep going. However, if you add too much sour cream and mayonnaise, it will be gross, so don't do that.

Cookies. Heat a stick of butter (or half a cup of coconut oil) with a cup of sugar, half a cup of cocoa powder and half a cup of milk. When it boils, boil it for one minute. Then add some vanilla, 3 cups of oats, and possibly chopped nuts. Form into cookies on wax paper or parchment paper.
Pro tip: Ardently hope that they will solidify and that you won't have to eat the whole pot of chocolate oatmeal with a spoon. In an emergency, you can add chocolate chips. If you are very brave, you can use more cocoa.

Soup. Boil chicken (etc.) stock with various herbs and spices. Add pieces of raw chicken, small pasta, and small vegetables at appropriate intervals so that they will finish cooking at the same time.

Salmon. Marinate salmon in soy sauce, frozen orange juice concentrate, olive oil and apple juice. Sprinkle ground ginger and drizzle honey on top before marinating. Bake at 350° until done.

Chili. Brown some ground beef, pork, etc. Put it in the crock pot along with many drained cans of beans and chopped tomatoes. Add some salt, pepper and chili powder. Maybe some onions. Let the crock pot do its thing.

Coconut rice. When cooking rice, substitute a can of coconut milk for an equal amount of water. Put cashews, raisins, cooked chicken pieces, and spices in with the raw rice and water. Let the rice cooker do its thing.
Pro tip: If you use low-fat coconut milk, you won't get your long-chain fatty acids or whatnot. Use actual coconut milk.

Yogurt chicken. Add various Indian-themed spices to a half-full quart of plain yogurt, until you can taste them quite a bit. Fill the quart the rest of the way with chopped up pieces of raw chicken, mix it all up and marinate it for a while. Cook in a skillet until most of the yogurt disappears. Add cooked rice before it gets dry and mix it all up.

Hmong dish. Brown a pound of ground pork. Add three finely-chopped tomatoes and poke with wooden spoon until they disappear. Add a finely chopped bunch of cilantro (no stems) and cook until done. Salt helps. Serve over rice.

Paneer. Boil (whole) milk. As soon as it boils, add some kind of acid (lemon juice, lime juice, vinegar) and stir until it is completely separated into chunks and greenish water. Pour it through a T-shirt (or cheese cloth), wring it out so it is just a ball of curds, and place it between two plates for a while to solidify it.
Pro tips: This is a pretty useless food item by itself (without saag), but making it is a magical activity. You can make cheese in 10 minutes. Wow. You can use low-fat or skim milk, but you'll just get less cheese.

Runner cookies. Important enough that they get their own page.


The following is a list of family recipes. They all come from Carol Bischoff, and others where noted. Bold face indicates a picture.
Main Courses Salads Breads Breakfast Desserts Holidays
barbecued spare ribs napa cabbage salad banana bread Hawaiian coffee cake butterscotch bars easter nests
baked stuffed haddock green dream zucchini bread butterscotch rolls peanut butter cookies gingerbread house and frosting
chicken or turkey soup curried rice salad pumpkin bread donuts chocolate meringue cookies mini cherry cheesecakes
macaroni and cheese potato salad whole wheat quick bread muffins pumpkin dessert pumpkin chiffon pie
meatloaf scones blueberry dump cake two-tone fudge
waffles cookie dough brownies unbaked orange balls
gingerbread cranberry-orange piquant
pecan pie star salad



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