FLEUR DE LOLLY ON FOOD: Easy to assemble, bake family favorites – News – Gadsden Times

This week’s column features some of our family’s favorite recipes. It’s the time of year for home cooking at its best, with easy to assemble and bake dishes.


I’m proud to say that I had an excellent relationship with my mother-in-law. Her name was Sue and, sadly, she has passed away. This is one of her recipes written as she gave it to me. Sweet Harold loves this dish. What a great comfort food to enjoy on a cold, rainy day!

1 lb. ground chuck

1 onion, chopped

1 bell pepper, chopped

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

6 oz. tomato paste

6 oz. water

1 teaspoon sugar

Salt and pepper to taste

A few dashes of Worcestershire sauce

8 oz. macaroni noodles, cooked and drained

8 oz. shredded Cheddar cheese (optional)

Brown the ground chuck with onions, peppers and garlic. Drain any fat from the meat. Stir in the tomato paste and water, then add sugar, salt and pepper, and Worcestershire Sauce. You may need to add a little more water.

Gently stir in macaroni noodles. Simmer until desired consistency. Top with shredded cheddar if desired.


My grandmother Clara left me many fond memories. One of my favorite foods to enjoy at her house was her Chicken Loaf. Her version includes shredded chicken, rice and eggs to help bind everything. Unfortunately, as happens so many times, there was no written recipe. I have tried different versions, different methods and different ingredients, and I think I have come as close to the chicken loaf from my…

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