The Braille Monitor                                                                                       January 2003

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This month's recipes are provided by William Harmon, president of the National Federation of the Blind of Nevada.


by William Harmon

William Harmon
William Harmon


1 pound ground beef

10-ounce package lasagna noodles

1 egg

1 can Hunt's herb tomato sauce

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 pound mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced

2 1/2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese

16 ounces cottage cheese

Method: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brown meat and drain well. Cook pasta according to package directions until tender. Add tomato sauce to browned meat and simmer. Add egg to cottage cheese and mix with the salt and pepper. Drain pasta and layer in a 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking dish. Over the pasta pour half the meat sauce; spread with half the Mozzarella cheese and half the cottage cheese mixture; and sprinkle with half the Parmesan cheese. Repeat these layers once more in this order. Bake thirty minutes.

Pizza Burgers

by William Harmon


1 tablespoon chopped onion

1 tablespoon shortening

1/3 pound ground beef

1/3 can tomato soup

3 tablespoons shredded sharp cheese

pinch of oregano

dash pepper

4 hamburger buns, split and toasted

Mozzarella cheese

Method: Brown onion in shortening. Add beef. Cook until browned. Stir often to separate meat. Add soup, cheese, oregano, and pepper. Simmer for ten minutes. Spread meat mixture on buns. Place strips of Mozzarella cheese on top. Run under the broiler until cheese melts. Makes eight pizzas or eight servings.


by William Harmon


4 eggs

1/4 cup milk

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese

1/4 cup ham, cubed

4 mushrooms cut in small pieces

2 tablespoons butter

2 teaspoons diced onion

Method: Brown ham, mushrooms, and onion in butter in a 10-inch skillet. Mix eggs, milk, salt, and pepper together in mixing bowl. Add egg mixture to ham and mushrooms. As edges of omelet begin to thicken, with a spoon or fork draw cooked portions toward center to allow uncooked mixture to flow to bottom of skillet. Shake and tilt skillet as necessary to aid flow of uncooked eggs. When eggs no longer flow but surface is still moist, the heat should be increased to brown the bottom of the omelet quickly. Sprinkle cheese on top of omelet. Loosen edges carefully and fold omelet in half. Slide it onto a warm serving platter. Makes two servings.

Chicken and Rice Casserole

by William Harmon


1 chicken, cut up

2 cups water

1 stick butter

1 package Lipton onion soup mix

1 cup rice

Method: Spread uncooked rice evenly in a shallow 11-by-9-inch baking pan. Arrange chicken pieces on top of rice. Bring two cups water to a boil in a small saucepan. Melt butter in the water and add soup mix. Cover and simmer for five minutes at low heat. Pour sauce over chicken and rice. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for one hour.

Individual Pizzas

by William Harmon


1/4 pound hamburger meat

3/4 cup tomato sauce

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/4 teaspoon salt

pinch of garlic salt

1 tube refrigerated biscuits

3/4 cup grated cheese

Method: Brown meat. Add tomato sauce and seasonings. Roll biscuits to circles five inches in diameter. Place on cookie sheet. Spread with hamburger mixture. Sprinkle with grated cheese. Garnish with additional oregano. Bake at 450 degrees for ten minutes. Yields ten servings.

Peanut Butter Cookies

by William Harmon


1/2 cup old-fashioned peanut butter

1/4 cup pure maple syrup or raw honey

1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour

2 eggs, beaten

1/4 cup safflower oil

1/4 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon salt

Method: Cream the peanut butter and the syrup together. Add flour and remaining ingredients. Stir well. Drop the batter by teaspoonfuls onto an oiled cookie sheet. Flatten with a fork, dipping the fork in cold water between cookies, and bake at 350 degrees for twelve to fifteen minutes. Makes two to three dozen cookies.

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