I have an idea and hopefully I have twenty some years to get it done. I'll need that much time! I want to make a cookbook for my children. Thus the name My Mama's Food. It has several meanings, for the entries in my journal it will mean me, my children's Mama. For me it means my dear Mom, their Mama Lu, for most of the recipes come from her and my grandma's and great grandmas. I do most of my cooking without a recipe, but sometimes they just need to be written down if we do not want them to be lost for future generations. When I left home I would have treasured a book like this, written by my Mom, so I want to try and do it for my children. I want to include photos of the kids helping me in the kitchen as they grow and eat what we make. What memories they will have when cooking in their own kitchen's and teaching their children to cook and sharing these memories with them and showing them pictures of themselves learning to cook with their Mama. I think it's a grand idea, now if I can pull it off!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Sloppy Joes

I got this recipe from a former co-worker when I was a CST working in neurosurgery. It brings back many happy memories when I make it. I really did love my job and my co-workers made it fun to go to work everyday, too!

5 lbs ground beef  (browned)
2 envelopes Lipton Onion Soup Mix
6 stalks celery chipped fine
1 1/4 C ketchup
26 oz tomato soup
1/4 C worshire sauce
1/3 C white or cider vinegar
3 T brown sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a large frying pan saute the celery until almost tender, about 10 minutes. Add the ground beef and brown until done. Drain the excess fat if needed.
Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes at least.

This makes a large batch, perfect for parties or the freezer!

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