Monday, March 26, 2012

Russian Salad Dressing

This is my Grandma Carlson's recipe. It is from the first cookbook she ever owned--the Lighthouse Cookbook. She was born in 1915 so I am very curious about that old cookbook and wonder if any of my aunts or uncles have it.  

This is probably the first salad dressing I ever made, but I haven't made it in years. Kellie decided to resurrect the recipe for Sunday dinner last week. It was a nice change.

Russian Salad Dressing

1 small onion
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 or 2 small cloves garlic
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. paprika
3/4 cup sugar
1 can condensed tomato soup
3 tsp. dry mustard
2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup salad oil

Put all ingredients in blender except oil. Cover and run at low speed, about 2 seconds. Turn on high and mix until well blended. While still blending slowly add oil.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Tortellini Soup

I've had this recipe for years--ever since Brian's graduate school days at U.C. Berkeley. It is definitely a family favorite (although Travis always removes the kidney beans.)

Tortellini Soup

1 8-oz package cheese tortellini
2-3 tablespoons butter
2 medium cloves garlic
2-3 cups celery (chopped)
2-3 cups onion (chopped)
4 cups chicken broth
1 can (15 oz) navy beans, kidney beans, or garbanzos (undrained)
1 can (15 oz) stewed tomatoes (undrained)
1 6-oz can V8 Juice
1/4 cup ketchup
salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot cook garlic in butter until browned. Add celery and onion and cook these until tender. Stir in broth, beans, tomatoes, and salt and pepper. Add V8 juice and ketchup for flavor and color. Stir in tortellini and simmer until pasta is cooked.

Makes 10-12 cups of soup.

Julie's Notes: I often add more tortellini, another can of tomatoes, and more broth, depending on how many people are eating.