Braille Monitor                                                                                April 1986



by Catherine Harris

(Note: Mrs. Harris is a Federationist who lives in Baltimore and who does a great deal of volunteer work at the National Center for the Blind. She is a woman of many talents, not the least of which is her excellent cooking.)


Temperature: 350 degrees

Time: 1 hour

Yield: 4 servings

1/2 lb. hamburger meat
1 tbsp. chopped onion
1 tbsp. chopped green pepper
3 tbsps. cornmeal
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 cup milk
1 egg, slightly beaten
3 tbsps. flour
1 tbsp. fat
1 cup tomato juice
2 medium potatoes, quartered
3 medium carrots, sliced
4 small onions, sliced
1/2 tsp. salt

Combine in large mixing bowl the meat, onion, green pepper, cornmeal, salt, dry mustard, chili powder, milk, and egg. Mix thoroughly with the hands and shape into 8 balls. Roll in the 3 tbsp. flour and brown in the 1 tbsp. fat. Allow 10 minutes for browning on low heat, turning balls by rolling with spoon after first 5 minutes. Place balls in a 2quart casserole. Add flour left over from rolling balls to the fat remaining in the skillet. Stir together and add the tomato juice. Bring to boiling point and cook for 5 minutes over medium heat. Pour over the meat balls. Add vegetables in layers over the balls and sprinkle with salt. Cover and bake.


Temperature: medium heat

Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 20 to 25 squares

3/4 cup sugar
1 cup thick applesauce
1 pkg. strawberry or lime flavoredgelatin, such as Jell-0
2/3 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup sugar for rolling

Grease a 9-inch square pan. Combine sugar and applesauce in a sauce pan. Bring to boiling point and boil 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add gelatin and stir until thoroughly dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add nuts. Mix well. Pour into pan. Chill until firm. Cut into squares. Roll in granulated sugar and leave on an uncovered tray at room temperature for 6 to 8 hours until dry. Roll again in sugar. Pack between layers of waxed paper in a covered container.


Temperature: low heat

Time: 2 minutes

Yield: 12 balls

1 cup dates, finely chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg, well beaten
2 cups rice cereal (Rice Krispies)
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup shredded coconut

Combine dates, sugar, and egg in sauce pan. Place over low heat and bring to boiling point, stirring constantly. Boil for 2 minutes, and remove from in coconut. Place on waxed paper and heat. Cool slightly. Add cereal, nuts, let stand until cool and firm, salt, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly with hands. Shape into small balls and roll