I always try to eat delicious food. Unfortunately I don't have that much money, so I have to cook a lot of it at home. But thats OK because I love cooking and I love eating at home with my wife. This is a website with my favorite recipes and a little bit of commentary.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Ioweegan Greek Food

Last night we had one of my favorite meals. My mother in law makes these great steaks and pasta. She got the recipes from this restaurant in Mason City called the Northwest Cafe. We also had Greek Salad and rum cake. I got the recipe from rum cake from "Fit for a King" the Elvis Presley Cookbook. It is the best tasting rum cake I have ever eaten.

Xoriatiki (Greek "Village" Salad)

4 Ripe tomatoes
1 Cucumber
1 Onion
1 Green pepper
1/3 lb Feta cheese
1/2 cup Olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon

Cut the vegetables in slices and mix in a salad bowl. Top with the olives, capers and oregano and cover with "crumbled" feta cheese. Pour the olive oil evenly. Mix the stuff with lettuce and serve.

Northwest Café Steak or Chicken Recipe

Turn on broiler and preheat.

Melt 1 to 2 sticks butter in a pot
Add 1 cube or 1 t chicken bouillon
Add 1 t Greek seasoning and ½ t garlic salt or powder
Add ½ t Lawrys seasoned salt

Pour mixture over steak in a glass cooking dish and place in oven. Broil steak on each side depending on how well done you like it. Use drippings to make the sauce for Greek spaghetti.

Greek Spaghetti for NW café steaks

Boil salted water. Add spaghetti, enough to feed your guests. Cook spaghetti to al dante or enough so that it is cooked but not soggy. Drain spaghetti and add:

Juices from NW café steaks
1 small can chicken broth
1 t greek seasoning
½ t garlic salt or more if you like it
¼ cup parmesan, add and add more if you like more
1 t fresh ground pepper
a good amount of chopped fresh parsley or ½ tablespoon dried parsley

Rum Cake ala Elvis

1 18-ounce box yellow cake mix
1 t nutmeg
1 3 ounce box instant vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs
¾ cup rum
¾ cup oil

Beat everything in an electric mixture for 5 minutes. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes. This recipe is from "Fit for a King" The Elvis Presley Cookbook. It is delicious with cream cheese frosting.