Noshing with NOCALL: Recipe Pathfinders of the Northern California Association of Law Libraries
Rachael's Pumpkin CookiesI developed this pumpkin cookie recipe as a third-year law student, and have been serving it to lawyers, colleagues, and librarians ever since. I'd like to analogize my development of the cookie recipe to an iterative approach to legal research, but I'm sure you'd much prefer experiential learning and just trying them yourselves... Submitted by: "Rachael Samberg" (Reference Librarian, Stanford Law School)
Oatmeal Peanut Butter CookiesI’m pretty darn proud of my cookie recipe. It’s adapted from Rodale’s Naturally Great Foods Cookbook, by Nancy Albright, which I picked up for seven dollars at the Briarwod Bookshop in Annapolis my freshman year of college. I bought the book at 2:53 Pm on October 15th, 1995. How do know? Because the receipt is still marking the page of the first recipe I ever made from it (Tomato Quiche, p 207). Due to my husband's cookie-eating habits, this is a recipe I almost always double. I've included some notes about changes I make to the doubled recipe below. Submitted by: "Nora Sawyer"
"Don't Lick the Spoon" Lemon PieThe recipe for the filling comes from the Joy of Cooking (listed as "eggless lemon or lime pie" - 1976 edition) and I've added and changed things over the years to make it my own. The first time I made it, I licked the spoon and thought I'd done something horribly wrong. But actually, the chemical reaction that makes the filling firm [i]also[/i] makes the filling taste horrible until you've let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. Maybe I should have called it "delayed gratification lemon pie?" The crust recipe is from my Mom, though she never used measurements - it's hard to mess up! Submitted by: "Jocelyn Stilwell-Tong"
Fast and Easy Taco SoupThis recipe came from my cousin who lost a lot of weight through Weight Watchers. This was a recipe that was circulated that she found very good. It is just a very versatile recipe because of its ability to be very healthy or a little less. :) It is also inexpensive (for the basic version), easy to make and freezes well. It is my go to dish for a quick meal to give someone. Submitted by: "Harriet Zook"
Bobby’s Seafood PastaThis recipe came about from my imagination. I used myself as a guinea pig to test and come up with the perfect result. This dish became quite popular with my Monday night football cooking group (all members are taking turns hosting the meetings). This group consist of 8 people, so keep in mind that this dish should reflect the number of people you plan to serve. Submitted by: "Bobby Clements"
Chocolate Peanut-Butter Oatmeal No Bake CookiesThis simple recipe has been in our family's collection of holiday cookies for decades. Very easy for kids to do. Although the cookies might look like "cow pies", they are downright yummy! Submitted by: "Sherry Takacs"
Jim's Favorite ChickenJim, my husband, wanted something different. I came up with this the first year we were married. After 27 years, it's still his favorite dish! Enjoy! As for the kids, they prefer a few less veggies but they love the sauce. Submitted by: "Donna Williams"
Aunt Pam's Cheese StrawsThis is a recipe that I got from my Aunt Pam who was the best party hostess. She had red hair and rolled her own cigarettes, was a "roll-up her sleeves and get to it" kind of person, and told the best stories. All her life was an adventure. I like this recipe because they are so delicious and very easy to transport. You should make them a day ahead though, so they have time to cool and set into shape Submitted by: "Julie Horst"
Black Bean BrowniesI got this recipe from my cousin Ross. He tasted these not knowing they were made from black beans and was astounded at their deliciousness. He's very into healthy eating so immediately noted the recipe. It is handy for the gluten-free friends we all have. The recipe calls for a blender but a food processor would make the beans smoother. Submitted by: "Julie Horst"
Millionaire PieMy mother made this dessert at most of our family gatherings and I consider it the ultimate in "midwestern cuisine". And being a big fan of both pineapple and coconut, this was my personal favorite. But given my family's tendency toward obesity and diabetes, I lightened the recipe in a couple of ways and when I last made it they thought it wasn't harmed by the change. (Though, I am certain they didn't adopt it themselves!) Submitted by: "Edward Hosey"
OLD FASHIONED DARK CAKE FRUIT CAKE - FIVE POUNDS!This is my mom's fruitcake recipe. It is great because it works with gluten free flour and you don't have to bake it 10+ weeks in advance of the holidays. Submitted by: "Jaye Lapachet"
Rouladen - Dinner with pickles and baconSince I have become an obsessed pickler, I love to cook with pickles and this recipe is from my mom's best friend who is German. Submitted by: "Coral Henning"
Spanish Garbanzo and Spinach StewMy cousin recommended this dish from Spain when we first moved to Northern California, and it has been hit with my family ever since. Submitted by: "Sergio Stone"
Tuna SaladI love making sandwiches and developed this recipe for a tuna salad sandwich after making a few adjustments. I have published it in the GGU Library's Newsletter and it was well received. I thought I share it with my NOCALL colleagues as well. The key to the preparation is making sure all the water in the tuna can has been squeezed out. The tuna should be very dry and then add some pickle juice when mixing all the ingredients. The recipe is for an eggless tuna salad. You can find all the ingredients at Trader Joe's. If you don’t need it to be egg-less, you can add 4 hard boiled eggs and use regular mayo. Make it on a whole wheat sandwich roll with mayo, lettuce and tomatoes, accompanied with a pickle and some potato chips. Enjoy! Submitted by: "Hadi Amjadi"
Tortilla EspanolaThis is a favorite dish of mine at tapas restaurants. It is a very simple dish that tastes fabulous when it is done right. I found this version in an giant, English vegetarian cookbook that's the size of major civil practice treatise. The recipe tastes best if you use fresh ingredients and stick with the yukon gold potatoes. With SF Civic Center Farmers Market right outside of Hastings on Wednesdays, I can pick up everything in the morning and cook when I get home. It can be served as an appetizer with drinks or as a meal with a tossed salad. Submitted by: "Chuck Marcus"
DeutroniumGrowing up in the 1960s, I was a big fan of the TV series "Lost in Space" and I worried weekly about the Robinson family aboard the Jupiter II and their efforts to return to Earth or get to Alpha Centauri which was their original goal. A frequent plot line was the spaceship's need of Deutronium (a fuel). 50 years later I am a martini fan and was looking for a cocktail recipe called the Jupiter. The version I found sounded surprisingly like the current Aviation cocktail. After some experimenting, I made changes which seemed to be tasty enough and different enough to warrant a new name and the Deutronium was born! Submitted by: "Edward Hosey"
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