I thought I would share some recipes today that I have picked up along the way. I hope you will enjoy them.

The first is chipped beef. You fellows who were in the military may have called it SOS, but I think it is one of the easiest, cheapest, most tasty dishes you can make.

Chipped beef

1 jar dried beef

4 slices toasted, buttered

1 recipe of white sauce

Toast and butter the bread. Put two pieces on each plate.

Cut up dried beef into small pieces. Make white sauce and add the beef.

Once mixed, pour half on toast on each plate.

White sauce – melt butter over low heat in a heavy saucepan. Use a wooden spoon for stirring. Blend in flour, seasonings and cook over low heat, stirring until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Remove from heat. Stir in milk. Bring to boil and boil for 1 minute, stirring all the time. Makes 1 cup – enough for 4 people in most dishes.


1 Tbsp butter

1/2 -  1 Tbsp flour

1/5 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

1 cup milk


2 Tbsp butter

2 Tbsp flour

1/4 tsp slat

1/8 tsp pepper

1 cup milk


1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup flour

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

1 cup milk

I make medium most of time. Good on chipped beef. Good as white gravy. A standard! This white sauce can have cheese added to it to make a great sauce for pasta, and, of course, it’s also great a white gravy with some drippings added!

Here is another of my favorites:

Shrimp and grits

4 cups water

Salt and pepper

1 cup grits

3 Tbsp butter

2 cups grated cheddar cheese

1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined

6 slices bacon

4 tsp lemon juice

2 Tbsp chopped parsley

1 cup thinly sliced scallions

1 clove minced garlic (frozen)

Bring water to boil, add salt and pepper, add grits and cook until all water is absorbed - about 25 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in butter and cheese.

Rinse shrimp and pat dry.  Fry bacon in large skillet until brown, remove.

In hot grease, add shrimp.  Cook until shrimp are pink. Add lemon juice, chopped bacon, parsley, scallions and garlic.  Sauté for 3 minutes.

Spoon grits into serving bowl. Add shrimp mixture, mix well, and serve.

Of course, I just love shrimp, it’s a cousin thing, and I love grits, it’s a Southern thing!

Finally, for an interesting dessert, serve cookies!

Cool Whip cookies

1 box cake mix (any flavor)

1 tub Cool Whip (8 oz)

1 egg

Mix ingredients.

Drop spoonful unto powdered sugar to coat and place on sprayed cookie sheet. Cook at 350˚F for 12 minutes.

Cool before removing from baking sheet.

You could add nuts of any sort of chips or dried fruit to this.

Hope you have enjoyed these recipes!  

Stay calm – and cool!


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