Hearty Beef Party Salad

Thanks for all your well wishes for my Momma.  Our day started out pretty early – she had to be to the hospital at 7:30, so I dropped her off at 7:15.  Yes, my independent Momma didn’t want me to wait inside – just wait for the doctor to call when she was done.

I drove in my workout clothes because I planned on running at my high school track.  Actually this used to be a used car lot and my field hockey field was across the street.  Now my field hockey field is a 3 story car lot!

I am not sure how big the track is, but I sprinted the straight away, and then walked the curves . . . for get this . . . one hour!  It was perfect – about 65 degrees – it felt so good that by 8:30 in the morning I was already done with my work out.  About half way through though, two gym classes took the field – one group was playing frisbee and the other group was playing football – what gives?  I remember not liking gym class!

Being at the high school made me feel like this again:  (wow, 28 years ago!)

When I was done I realized that The Economy Shop was open again, and I got some good deals – they have a $1 room and I got some work out clothes and a winter coat.  Tyler, I also found some really cool glassware for pantry items – loved your idea of using glass jars!

Then I went to . . .

I wanted to make my mom the baked pumpkin oatmeal and some chicken soup.  It’s good for the soul, right?  Turns out my Mom didn’t think the oatmeal was sweet enough, but she drizzled a bit of agave nectar over a piece and loved it. 😀

Then I met my sister for lunch – it was nice to see her!  We went to Erik’s deli around the corner from her office and we each got the same thing – grilled chicken burrito on a low carb wrap, no mayo and light cheese – our guess is the burrito was 13 points – sound about right?

By now it was almost 12:30 and I hadn’t heard from my Mom’s doctor yet, so I called Tony and he said why not just drive over and find out what’s going on.  Turns out the nurse didn’t give the doctor my right cell number, and then had to go into another surgery – I didn’t get the call that my mom was in the post-op room until 90 minutes after she was done – I felt so bad for not being there for her! 😦  The nurse called me just as I was pulling into the parking lot.

After fixing her a grilled cheese on sourdough bread, she went to take a nap and I got bizzy making her a pot of chicken noodle soup.  I don’t have a recipe for chicken noodle soup – I do use chicken backs for the stock though for flavor and I cook my noodles separately and then add them into the soup at the end.

While the chicken was cooking I looked at some of my Mom’s old cookbooks.  One of them was a Good Housekeeping Cookbook circa 1972.  Look at one of their featured recipes!

Yep, that tasty dish is called “hearty beef party salad.”  Could you imagine being at a dinner party and the hostess bringing that to the table??  How hilarious is that – I am not even sure how you would serve it!  Thanks God this isn’t 1972.  Because then I would be four. 😀

In the back of the Fannie Farmer cookbook though are hand written recipes, some from my Mom and then this one from my Dad:

I loved my Dad’s handwriting.  You can tell by the stains on the pages that this one was a keeper.  Can you see the stats in the corner that either me or my sister wrote?  This bundt cake made 24 servings at . . . 330 calories a serving!  Boy howdy, it is delicious though. 😀

And then my Momma was awake and we enjoyed a nice bowl of chicken soup with some sour dough bread – super simple but delicious.  Know how much I love my Momma?  I caremelized onions and put them in the soup!

Stats for Thursday:

  • approximately 37 points (had cheese and crackers with Tony while watching t.v.)
  • 60 minutes of sprint/walking
  • average blood sugar 152

Happy Friday!  Have any cool plans over the weekend?  We don’t have anything planned, but you know I’ll be Bizzy in my Kitchen! 😀


31 thoughts on “Hearty Beef Party Salad

  1. How great of you to do all that for your mom! I’m sure she really appreciates everything, and who wouldn’t love that soup?!

  2. I think I NEED to make this pumpkin oatmeal I’ve been hearing so much about! It’s Columbus Day weekend and we have tickets to a beer festival tomorrow (although I’m not really feeling it so I may give my ticket to a friend and let Noel go) and then maybe apple picking on Monday!

  3. I bet you could lighten up that cake – weekend project perhaps? Right off the bat, I see subbing whites or flax eggs for the eggs and applesauce or extra pumpkin for at least half the oil 🙂

    That meat dish looks nastyyyy and the bread or whatever that is behind it look like somethin’ dirty to me at first glance!

  4. I bet you could lighten up that cake – weekend project perhaps? Right off the bat, I see subbing whites or flax eggs for the eggs and applesauce or extra pumpkin for at least half the oil 🙂

    That meat dish looks nastyyyy and the bread or whatever that is behind it look like somethin’ dirty to me at first glance!

  5. I’m seriously cracking up at the hearty beef salad. Awesome!! After my Dad died last year, we found boxes and boxes in our basement of stuff from when HIS mom passed away (in 1988). In those boxes she had books and books of her recipes, I was so happy to find them! Some of the older books (50’s and 60’s) had recipes similar to the hearty beef party salad, loved it!!!

    Have a great weekend 🙂

  6. So glad your mom is okay!

    Hearty beef salad! In a huge wine glass shaped thing…that must make it FANCY! Kinda reminds me of some early WW cards i found online..they were just yuck 😀

    Wish I could find chicken backs here…but that is right up there with pork belly and tongue. Gotta go to the real butcher.

    Plans for the weekend: Walk for the Cure (diabetes). Gonna be a blast!

  7. Hope all is well with your mom!
    I have exciting weekend plans but I don’t know what they are! It’s my birthday on Monday so my boyfriend has planned some sort of surprise for the weekend that involves a swimsuit and hiking clothes! 🙂

  8. I feel like I need to make something pumpkin because everyone is all over it as fall has arrived…but I’m more into apple recipes than anything. I mean, I’ve got an entire bushel on my dinner table! Oh what to do…that would be good to take camping with me this weekend…

  9. Loved the Hearty Beef Party Salad. Coincidentally, just yesterday I stumbled upon a book called The Gallery of Regrettable Food- so, so funny. My favorite was hot dogs standing on end like a crown rib roast and somehow tied to stay in place, and something gooey filling the center. Makes me laugh just picturing it. Lots of casseroles, too 🙂

    • OMG, I can totally picture that – reminds me of a friend whose Mom used to stud cloves in a canned ham, with pineapple rings, for Easter – klassy! 😀

  10. I’m planning a trip to the farmer’s market downtown Charleston with DoodleBug- fun! Oh, and your chicken brunswick stew was a HUGE hit with Hubs! De-lish! Thanks!

    Glad all went well with your mom!

  11. How sad that the field hockey field is gone!

    You are so sweet to take care of your mom. Hope she’s recovering well and resting!

  12. Looks like a quarter mile track to me- how fun! I need to head to the track and try and work on speed!! So sweet of you to take SUCH good care of your Mom- soup looks super delicious! Weekend? no real plans for once!

  13. I hope your mom is doing ok.
    You are such a good daughter. That soup looks delicious!! 🙂

  14. Glad your mom is doing ok, you are sweet for taking care of her! 🙂
    That salad looks so weird, wonder if we will look back and think the same about some of our stuff!!
    You have me craving chicken soup now, I will be making some this weekend.
    Wish we had an economy store here, it looks amazing! 🙂

  15. The meat in a bowl has me laughing. Wooo, that is funny. And I can almost see my Mom serving that, while wearing a bright caftan, big hair and chunky jewelry. No kidding.

    Glad your Mom is doing well – and what a yummy lunch you made. I love chicken noodle soup, especially my Husband’s – so good.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  16. That salad is crazy! Just like clothes…food also goes out of style.

    I’m spending the weekend at home, watching football, playing with the kiddos, and cooking!

  17. So nice to hear that your mom is doing well. You are such a good daughter to be there for her and make her soup with onions no less!

    The old cookbooks are so much fun to look through. Wow-we have come a long way in the kitchen since the 70’s!

    I am spending the weekend mostly at home, recovering from oral surgery. I am getting a hair cut this weekend though and looking forward to that.

  18. Your dad’s handwriting is so nice! And I’m glad your mom is doing well after her surgery. 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  19. I’m glad you liked the jar idea! It sounds like you scored a good deal too! I need to hit up our antique store and find some fun bargains. Or projects. I love me a good project lately. Helps with the crazy up in here.

    Glad your madre is doing well!

  20. Your chicken soup looks delicious. I can even imagine the smell of it. MMMM! I know you said you have no recipe for this soup, but can you tell me the ingredients? Thanks a lot.

    • Okay, I’ll try! I put 8 cups of water in a large stock pot. Add 3-4 chicken backs and one bone in chicken breast and simmer on low for about an hour. Remove chicken and let cool. Add 4-6 tablespoons of chicken buillion (I use a brand called “better than bullion) and mix well. Add 5 large carrots that are diced. While the carrots are cooking, I carmelize half a sweet onion that’s been diced in 1 tablespoon of butter. Once the onions are carmelized, I add that to the broth. In a separate pot I boil water to cook egg noodles – about 2 cups dry. I cook the noodles 2-3 minutes less than packaged directions, then drain and add to the broth. The chicken is now cooled, so I pick off all the meat and add it to the broth – and then add 1-2 teaspoons Italian seasoning. Hope that helps. 😀

      • Thanks a lot. Sounds simple enough. I’m a Type 2 diabetic since ’97, but just started insulin(lantus solostar) April 2009 after my triple heart bypass surgery. Doing good and sounds like you are on track. My mom was a double amputee from her diabetes, so hopefully I have learned from that experience. Have a great weigh in tomorrow morning. It’s always a battle.

  21. Way to rock the workout Biz. That’s awesome. Glad to hear that your Mom is doing well. OMG that beef salad is scary!

    This weekend looks like it’s going to be gorgeous fall weather. I will be spending quite a bit of time at the soccer field with my little guy over the weekend. I am also doing some baking for his school’s fall festival. Have a great weekend!!

  22. Hope your mom is doing well! Don’t feed her any of that hearty beef salad….ick! 🙂

  23. That salad is scary and I also was confused about how you would serve it. I love old cookbooks like that. One of mine has this meat gelatin recipe in it. Where you use plain non flavored jello.. shudders.

    I hope your mommy feels better soon! So sweet of you to take care of her and make her soup.

  24. That salad is just so. wrong. And that bread in the background definitely has a phallic look to it. Just sayin. 🙂 Your Dad’s handwriting is just beautiful! Makes me want to go take a class so I can write like that. I missed yesterday’s post but I’m going to go find out what’s wrong with your mother!

  25. Your mom is like mine–she doesn’t want me to wait for her, either! I love the picture of the recipe with your dad’s handwriting. Those are always the best recipes.

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