Recipes, Etc. salutes our “Torch Bearer,” Bob Middlebrook, for Indiana’s Bicentennial Celebration. He shares with us a few of his favorite recipes.
1 box large shells cooked and drained 1 jar of spaghetti sauce 1 pound of hamburger 1 pound sausage 1 large package mozzarella cheese 1 container of cottage cheese l/2 cup Parmesan cheese 1 egg 2 l/2 tsp oregano
Brown hamburger, drain off fat, mix with spaghetti sauce and heat through. In separate bowl, mix cheeses, oregano and egg. Pour l/2 of the meat sauce in a 9 x 13 cake pan. Stuff the cooked shells with the cheese mixture and lay on the sauce in the pan. After all shells are in the pan, cover with the remaining sauce. Top with mozzarella cheese. Bake at a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes if fresh. If refrigerated, bake for one hour or until heated through Etc. — Bob says, “Whenever we have a get together with Carol’s side of the family, our niece, Mary Doi, makes this for me. She is a very busy lady, who works a full-time job and juggles her schedule enough to accommodate two very athletic children with all their travels, practices and games. I know she loves me because she always makes sure I have some to take home!”
Crust: 1 cup of flour ½ tsp salt 1/3 cup Canola oil Enough milk to make l/2 cup of liquid Mix together and roll out between two pieces of waxed paper. Wet the counter with a cloth to hold the bottom paper down. Chill in the pie pan l/2 hour. Custard: 3 eggs ½ cup sugar ½ tsp salt 2 cups scalding hot milk ½ tsp Mexican vanilla Nutmeg
Bring milk to 180 degrees on medium heat. Beat eggs with rotary beater and add sugar in small amounts (4-5 times) and beat after each addition. Add hot milk, vanilla and salt, mix well. Pour into pastry lined pan. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Carefully place in 450 degree oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 15 minutes or until a silver knife inserted 1 inch from side of filling comes out clean. Etc. — Bob said he was reminiscing one day about the Custard Pie that his grandma used to make. He said that his sister-in-law, Wanda, told him that she had been making it for years. She said that she never brought it to any of their dinners because she didn’t know anyone who liked it. She thought it was too old fashioned. She instantly became Bob’s favorite sister-in-law, and that they have it now at every family dinner! Thanks, Bob, and we are all proud of you!