These sound wonderful and look easy to make!
I don’t make deviled eggs very often because of the cholesterol, but when I do make them, I go for it! Here is a recipe that combines finely chopped ham with the egg filling. Yum!
HAM SALAD DEVILED EGGS
1 dozen eggs, hard cooked, peeled and halved lengthwise
1 cup finely chopped cooked ham
1/3 cup finely chopped celery
6 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon minced green onion
1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
Garnish with Paprika
In a large bowl, place egg yolks. Place egg whites, cut side up, on a serving platter. Add ham and next 7 ingredients to yolks. Mash to desired consistency. Spoon or pipe into egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika, if desired. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to 2 days.
This photo was probably taken in the 1950’s and looks toward the shoreline of Dalkey from Dalkey Island. The largest and tallest building about a third of the way from the left is Loreto Abbey, which is now a school for girls. My Irish god child and her sister went through school there before going off to University. TO the very far right you can see the Martello Tower at Sandycove near the Forty Foot.
This is a Standard Oil Filling Station from the 1920’s which was run and owned by my great uncle, John Edward (Uncle Ed “Banty”) Shank. The two signs over the door say Standard Oil Company, John E. Shank, Agent, then the second sign says, LADIES RESTROOM. They were selling “Red Crown” Gasoline. There was a small restaurant counter inside, and cabins out of view to the right. Supposedly, Bonnie and Clyde spent the night in one of the cabins in the 20’s.
This recipe is similar to the one that my mother used when making vanilla ice cream in the old fashioned ice cream freezer We never had an electric freezer, so it was usually my job to crank until the ice cream was set. She never used a written recipe, so I never got all her ingredients in writing. However, I remember that she used eggs, sugar, salt, whole milk, vanilla and heavy whipping cream. When I came across this recipe recently, I knew it was just like hers except for the flour. Here it is….
OLD TIME CUSTARD ICE CREAM
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups whole milk
4 eggs, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 pints heavy whipping cream
In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, flour and salt. Gradually add milk until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat, cool slightly.
Whisk a small amount of hot milk mixture into the eggs, return all to the pan, whisking constantly. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture reaches at least 160 degrees F and coats the back of a metal spoon. Cool quickly by placing pan in a bowl of ice water; stir for 2 minutes. Stir in vanilla. Press plastic wrap onto surface of custard. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Stir cream into custard and mix. Fill cylinder of ice cream freezer two thirds full; freeze according to directions. Refrigerate remaining mixture until ready to freeze. Allow to set in ice cream freezer or firm up in the refrigerator’s freezer for 2 to 4 hours before serving.
This is a recipe that has been around for a long time. What follows is the original recipe, then at the bottom, I have noted how I sometimes change it up. I always tell people to experiment with recipes because you will occasionally come up with something you like better than the original. I also sometimes change things up because I find I don’t have one ingredient or the other that I thought I had on hand!
PARMESAN CRUSTED CHICKEN
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
4 teaspoons Italian seasoned bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Combine mayonnaise with Parmesan in a bowl. Arrange chicken breasts in a baking dish, then divide evenly the mayonnaise mixture and spread over the top of each chicken breast. Sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake about 25 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.
I always use Best Foods mayonnaise for this dish. Something like Miracle Whip would change the flavor, though there are different types of flavored mayonnaise that might work. Instead of buying seasoned bread crumbs, I mix Panko crumbs with fresh Italian herbs from my garden (or dry herbs will also work). Fresh finely chopped oregano always works well. Also, I have used Romano cheese instead of Parmesan, so any relatively dry grated cheese will work. Finally, found one night that I did not have any mayonnaise left in the jar, so I substituted ranch dressing and it turned out fine.
That’s my mother on the left, age 2 years, Anna Marie Shank, and her six month old brother, Virgil Earl Shank, on the left. He was born in December, 1916, and from the way they are dressed, it had to be late spring or summer. Note the laundry hanging on the line in the background.
When having friends over for brunch, I sometimes make asparagus quiche using hash browns for the crust instead of pastry. Here is a quiche-like dish that uses ricotta cheese and phyllo leaves. And now that asparagus is in season, it’s not so expensive as the rest of the year here in California. From Taste of Home magazine.
ASPARAGUS PHYLLO BAKE
2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into one inch pieces
5 eggs, lightly beaten
1 carton 15 oz ricotta cheese
1 cup (4 oz) shredded Swiss cheese
1 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
3/4 cup butter, melted
16 sheets phyllo dough (14 inches x 9 inches).
In a large saucepan, bring 8 cups water to boil. Add asparagus, cook, uncovered, 30 seconds or just until asparagus turns bright green. Remove asparagus and immediately drop into ice water. Drain and dry. In large bowl mix eggs, cheese and seasonings, stir in almonds and asparagus.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Brush a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with some of the butter. Unroll phyllo dough. Layer eight sheets of phyllo in prepared dish, brushing each lightly with butter. Keep remaining phyllo covered with plastic wrap and a damp towel to prevent it from drying out.
Spread ricotta mixture over phyllo layers. Top with remaining phyllo sheets, brush each lightly with butter. Cut into 12 rectangles, then bake 50 to 55 minutes or until golden brown.
Over the years, I have tried hundreds of recipes for roasting chicken, either the whole bird or pieces. In the last few years I have come to one conclusion: the simpler, the better. I sometimes only salt and pepper the outside of the bird after brushing on a little olive oil, and then put a whole cut lemon inside the cavity. This gives the meat a slight lemon flavor but also keeps the bird moist. Using a free range bird also makes for tender, moist meat.
Below is a recipe which is also simple and utilizes garlic…in fact, 20 cloves of garlic. That’s the hardest part of the recipe…peeling the garlic cloves.
GARLIC ROAST CHICKEN
20 garlic cloves, peeled and divided
1- 3 to 4 pound chicken
4 lemon wedges
8 fresh thyme sprigs, cut in half
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Cut 12 garlic cloves in half. Place chicken on a cutting board and tuck wings under chicken With a sharp paring knife, cut 24 small slits in breasts, drumsticks and thighs. Insert each with a halved garlic clove. Place the lemon wedges, thyme and remaining whole garlic cloves in chicken cavity. Tie drumsticks together. Transfer chicken to a rack in a shallow roasting pan, breast side up. Rub skin with butter, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast, uncovered at 350 degrees F for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until a thermometer in thigh reaches 180 degrees F. Remove chicken from oven, tent with foil. Let stand for 15 minutes before carving.
I think I have posted this photo before, but I am putting it up again along with a little story about family history. The two very somber people in the photo above are my great grandparents, James Jones Marlin and Lunda Carrie Hall Marlin. This is their wedding photo. They were married in 1877 when “Jim” was 19 and “Lundy” was 16. Nineteen was actually quite young for a young man to marry, but marry they did and they went on to have nine surviving children, including a set of twins. Twins were not so unusual since James Jones was also a twin. I don’t have the birth dates for all the children, but in birth order they were Helen, twin girls Nell and Bell, Ednah, daughter Lou, Walter Elbert Marlin (my grandfather), Orville, Lena, and the baby, Scott.
I knew I had something, somewhere that listed all the kids in birth order with some of their dates but had no idea where it was to be found. This week, while sorting through framed photos to finish hanging (I moved about three months ago and am just now finishing up with the stuff on the walls), I came across the photo above which had been professionally re-framed back in the 90’s. When I turned it over, I discovered the framer had created a little pocket on the back of the frame and had inserted the old backing (from a brown shopping bag) which my mother had written all over. She had also framed the original photo herself back in the 60’s, hence the shopping bag backing on the frame! I am sure I noticed at the time of the re-framing that the framer had made the little pocket and preserved the information, but I had completely forgotten about it.
I cannot verify that everything my mother wrote there (or elsewhere) is 100% accurate because I have found a few inaccuracies over the years; particularly when she made guesses about people in photos etc. She also tended to round up when giving ages for some reason. But I think most of the following is accurate as she was contemporary with all these people during the early part of her marriage to my father.
James Jones Marlin born October 11, 1858, died July 4, 1940. He married Carrie Lunda Hall in 1877. She was born in 1861 and died in 1957, age 96. My grandfather, Walter Elbert Marlin (always called Elbert), was born 12-12-1888 and died May 29, 1953 from an aortic aneurysm. He married Dulcie Ferrier in late March, 1912, and my father, Ray J. Marlin, was born November 4, 1912. Do the math. Dulcie lived well into her 80’s and died from complications of pneumonia. She suffered from Alzheimers or some other type of dementia during the last several years of her life. My father died 6-25-74 at the young age of 61 from heart disease.
The children of Jim and Lundy were (in birth order):
Helen Marlin, who married dentist Thomas Warden and moved to Sierra Madre, California. I remember visiting them as a child. They had two sons, James and Harry.
Nell and Bell Marlin, twin daughters. Bell married Joe Minor and had three daughters. Nell married a McNabb and had one son and 2 daughters.
Edna Marlin married Harry McNabb and had 3 sons and one daughter.
Lou Marlin Mitchell – no information on her but I assume she must have moved out of Missouri (and not to California) when she married because we never visited her that I recall.
Walter Elbert Marlin – my grandfather, see above.
Orville Marlin, married Mildred Rowles, no children, they eventually divorced.
Lena Marlin married a man named Manahan, divorced, later married William Kightlinger. Two sons, James and Harry Manahan.
Scott Marlin, the youngest, married Margaret Vandiver, divorced; later married Irene (??) and adopted one daughter.
So on to three issues: First, all my life, I was told that great grandmother Carrie Lunda Hall Marlin had been adopted. She had a sister, but I don’t know if the sister was biological or whether she was also adopted by the Hall family. I hope some day to come across someone researching the Halls in Webster County Missouri because perhaps they will have more information. The other part of the story was that great grandmother Carrie Lunda Hall Marlin was half Cherokee Indian. Where this came from, I have no idea. But back then, many children were produced from liaisons between “white” men and “Indian” women. Many men married Indian women, others did not. I can only guess that some of the children in orphanages had Native American ancestry and that a lot of supposition took place. But by the time I came along, it was “fact” that Great Grandmother Marlin was half Cherokee Indian.
Next, in researching my mother’s side of the family, I hit the brick wall connecting us to Lawrence McManus of Chatham County, NC. Lawrence came from Fermanagh, Northern Ireland in the mid-1700’s, married and produced a very large family. My research took me back to an “unknown” father, one generation younger than Lawrence. The name McManus also began to go through spelling variations by 1800-1815. Our branch became McMenus, others were spelled McMenis, McMinnis, etc. Since there were many McManus sons of Lawrence moving into Tennessee and elsewhere, it made sense that our Joseph McManus/McMenus in TN had a connection to one of the sons of Lawrence, but I still have not been able to document it; and there were not other McManus people in the area at the time. Son Jonathan was in TN as a teenager but would have been very young to produce four children (Eli, Joseph, and 2 sisters). Not impossible, but not likely. Also, he eventually went to Illinois, married Nancy Duncan and produced a family there. Father Lawrence’s eldest son and child, Eli, born 1760, was also in TN but no marriage or family is documented there. He then returned to Chatham County, North Carolina and eventually moved to Ohio with the family of his sister and her in-laws. He never married as far as I know unless there was an early wife and family in North Carolina before he went to TN and Ohio. He lived to be very old, showing up on the 1850 Ohio census at the age of 90 but not appearing again in 1860. If he did produce the four children (eldest being Eli), why did he leave TN and why did he leave the children behind? The two sons were Eli and Joseph, Joseph being my ancestor.
Last issue is on the Marlin side of the family. The Marlins are documented in PA in the early 1700’s; they had come from Northern Ireland with neighbors, the Ferriers; they had also migrated from Scotland to Northern Ireland with Ferrier neighbors. There is a possibility that they migrated from France to England/Scotland centuries earlier, but that is another story for another day. Suffice it to say that the Ferriers and Marlins went on to fight Indians in what was to become North Carolina in the 1700’s, then went on to TN and finally Missouri. My grandfather Marlin married Dulcie Ferrier, and there were other marriages between the two families going back centuries. Anyway, the furthest back I have been able to document the Marlins is Archibald Marlin, who fought in the Revolutionary War and was granted land in what became Sumner County, TN. I think he also might have had a father, Archibald Marlin, but I have not been able to document that. Anyway, Archibald settled in TN and married Martha Ferrier! One of his sons, Thomas, went to what became Missouri and settled there in the 1820’s. His son, Spencer, was the father of James Jones Marlin above. There is another brick wall on the Marlin side of the family since we cannot document anything back further than Archibald Marlin. However, I have always thought that he was connected somehow to the Marlins in Lancaster County, PA because Marlin is just not a very common surname. The Marlins and Ferriers are documented in Scotland as early as the 1500’s, and then again in Northern Ireland in the 1600’s, so when they turn up in PA in the 1700’s and then in TN after the Revolutionary War, it all makes sense. However, there was no way to prove anything until DNA testing became available. I know that some researchers believe that Archibald’s father was a Frenchman in what was then French Canada but I have always doubted this.
Until 2013, Ancestry.com DNA tests for women were only available showing the father’s side of the family. They were also fairly expensive, so I waited until a test became available for $99 that traces both mother’s and father’s sides of the family. And what a revelation it was! First, the Cherokee Indian story is pure bunk! Not one trace of Native American ancestry! Second, I am definitely connected to Lawrence McManus of Chatham County, NC. Still don’t know if my 4th great grandfather was Eli McManus or Jonathan McManus, but my 5th great grandfather was definitely Lawrence McManus as I am DNA connected to his documented descendants. Finally, I am also connected to those Marlins and Ferriers in Lancaster County, PA through DNA results. So Archibald must have been a younger brother or cousin to the families that remained in PA. A trace of what could possibly be French blood exists, but not enough to support the theory that Archibald’s father was the French Canadian. The PA Marlins came out of Northern Ireland, and the DNA supports that.
There were other interesting things about the DNA results but nothing surprising, and I will get to that another day. In the meantime, if you have brick walls you’d like to break down, consider AncestryDNA.com. It’s easy and very enlightening. Your DNA is broken down by country or region, and they also connect you with everyone in their data base whose results you are linked to. Give it a try!
This is a stereocard view of the city of Queenstown, now Cobh, in County Cork, Ireland, taken in 1903 or thereabouts. Cobh is a seaport and many ships left for America from its harbor, including the ill-fated Titanic in 1912.
I took this photo in Wicklow Street, Dublin, in 1998. This was back before everyone had a cell phone like they do today. The two men must have noticed me taking photos, but neither of them moved or gave any sign that they minded. See below.