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Summer Dining!


There was a wonderful addition to our family in the 80’s, I had already left my hometown and after a stint in the Big Apple I was now living in Hollywood not far from the Hollywood sign. My mothers sister’s first child and his 2 sisters were like my brother and sisters too. He has always looked out for all of us and was a major influence in my life. Then one summer he married the perfect addition to our family ! For me, his new wife Linda, was perfect! The daughter of a prominent family of Portage County who was raised spending summers at the “Lake House”. Always a passenger in her father’s private plane. Driving a speed boat or water skiing behind one, she is always ready for a new and exciting adventure. I was sure being a member of our eclectic and colorful family would be just right for fit. (She got us.) I have been so lucky to have “cousins” who are best friends first; the fact that we’re related makes it even more special! On a recent phone call I asked Linda if she could share a few of her family’s summertime recipes and was very excited to try these out. Even though they now live in Michigan they also live on a lake, but year round, and have a boat that I would actually spend so time on (It has facilities. No reason to “rough it” too much, I say.)

The following three recipes were rather easy to make in under 20 minutes of prep time, had great flavor and looked and smelled wonderful. I really enjoyed the (Welsh) Cheese Rarebit which was a recipe Linda’s mother had somehow got from the Old Halles Store in downtown Cleveland . The Banana Bread was excellent too. I loved the ease and taste of the Marzetti. Perfect summer recipes that can add time to your busy schedule.

Thanks for sharing, and congratulations to you two on your anniversary, the 2 wonderful sons that you have raised and the new addition, daughter-in-law that now continues the “Cooper Sisters” tradition of adding to the family with style and grace.

Katie’s Banana Bread – Katie was the Polish lady who was our babysitter for years. She would regale us with stories of her girlhood in the old country.
¼ lb soft butter
1 cup sugar – beat together well
2 eggs – beat in
2 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup raisins
½ cup walnuts
½ tsp salt
Grease two small bread pans
Beat all ingredients very well
Make sure ingredients are at room temperature
Preheat oven to 350
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes

Halle’s (Welsh) Cheese Rarebit
4 T butter
4 T flour
2 cups Milk
add ½ tsp dry mustard
½ tsp paprika
drop of tobacco sauce
1 T Worchester sauce
last add ½ lb of sharp cheese ( I use Cracker Barrel)
Stack as Follows:
1 slice of toast
a slice of tomato
2 slices of crisp bacon
add cheese sauce to top
“I always double this because Jay ate one whole recipe. Make last -minute – ish I remember it got watery if I made it ahead of time and kept it warm ”

Brown 2 pound of hamburger with 2 large chopped onions, add 2 cans of sliced mushrooms and brown. Then add the following: 1 pound of Kraft Old English cheese cubed, then 2 cans of Campbell’s tomato soup add 1 lb of cooked wide egg noodles and salt and pepper. Bake at 350 in greased casserole dish for 45 minutes