Friday, April 06, 2007

Welcome to Virtual Blogger Potluck!!

Hello, and thank you for stopping by - welcome to the heart of the Midwest! As you know, SHABBY IN THE CITY has hosted a Virtual Potluck for all Bloggers, and I hope you will enjoy what I have prepared for you on your way to visiting all the Bloggers who participated in this FUN event!

Yesterday, in anxious preparation for the event, I did my grocery shopping for the recipes I wanted to prepare. I know this is for a potluck, and I asked my husband what his favorite dish was, and he gave me more than one answer!....LOL....oh well, thanks to my hubby, you will be treated with three different dishes! :)) Click on any of the pictures, for a larger view.

The first dish I will prepare is Swedish Meatballs, and I will give you the instructions and recipe in case you would like to prepare this for yourself in the future. For the Meatballs, you will need:

4 beaten eggs

1/2 cup milk or cream (I used 1/2 and 1/2)

7 soft slices of bread, and tear them apart into bread crumbs - I just whirled them in my food processor.

1/2 bunch of parsley, chopped finely

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 large onion, chopped finely

1/4 tsp. allspice

2 1/2 lbs. ground beef (you can substitute 1 lb. pork for 1 lb. of the ground beef if you would like a mix of meats)

Mix all above ingredients well and form into balls. I like to make my meatballs larger, but you can make them any size you like. You can either fry them in margarine or oil, or bake them. I chose to bake mine. They are all ready to bake in the picture below!

I chose to bake mine at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the size you choose for the meatballs.

In the meantime, prepare one package of wide egg noodles according to package instructions. Drain well.

For our Swedish Meatball Sauce, you will need:

2 cans cream of mushroom soup

1 16 oz. carton of sour cream

1/2 stick butter or margarine

1 tsp. beef bouillon granules (can add more to taste if you want)

Dash of freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup milk or cream

Some of the pan drippings from the cooked meatballs

It is not in the recipe, but I chose to add some fresh sliced mushrooms to my sauce. I added 1 whole package of mushrooms because my hubby loves them :) Mix all ingredients well and simmer on low range setting for 20 minutes.

Oooh, the meatballs have browned beautifully!

When the meatballs and sauce are ready, simply place a "bed" of egg noodles on the plate, add your meatballs, and top with a generous amount of sauce....ooooh, it is sooooo good!

Now, on to our next recipe! This was a favorite of my mother's, and now my hubby - it is called Watergate Salad, and it is yummy yummy!

You will need for this recipe:

1 20 oz. can crushed pineapple (do not drain pineapple, use the juice too)

1 package Jell-o Pistachio Pudding

1 1/2 cups Cool Whip whipped topping (or brand of your choice)

1 cup miniature marshmallows

1/2 cup chopped pecans can be added if you desire. (I did not add them today.)

Mix all ingredients in large bowl, then place servings in dessert bowls. Refrigerate for 1 hour. And enjoy!

Finally, after much begging and nagging from my husband, I gave in and also prepared his favorite deviled eggs. I do not have a recipe written down for this, I make it as I go. If anyone is interested in the recipe, I can jot it down next time I make them (and if my hubby had his way, it would be all the time! :) Here they are in the process of preparation:

And voila, they are done!

I am now ready to set the table for all my Blogger friends! The mouth-watering aromas have filled the kitchen!

Come on in, and have a seat - I hope you are hungry! There is plenty for everyone....

And here is a plate for YOU! Enjoy!

A BIG THANKS to Shabby In The City, who so graciously orchestrated this Potluck! I have had a blast preparing this meal, and I hope you have all enjoyed it - stop by again soon, my kitchen is always open :)



clarice said...

mmmm I love swedish meatballs !! Clarice

Shabby in the City said...

No doubt they were GREAT! I gobbled down my deviled eggs before anything...and now...the salad and I are making friends :)
I have gained like 25 lbs. today! I love your retro pictures :)
Thanks for working so hard!!! said...

Oh how nostalgic, loved the pictures and the recipes. Could have been straight out of my Aunt Alma's recipe folder!

~~Mikki Jo said...

I love any kind of meatballs. Thanks so much for all the trouble you went to and thanks for such a nice time. Have a wonderful day.

Mrs. Staggs said...

All of your dishes look scrumptious! Thanks for sharing. It's been a lovely potluck hasn't it? So many really nice people and great recipes!

MaryB said...

My belly is full, very full now! Can I just veg out here and enjoy looking at all your vintage goodies and jewelry? (nothing like "really" making yourself at home)....ok, I'll put my shoes back on, good thing I borrowed that muumuu from MizSmoochie.
If you get a chance stop over for some cookies and chat.

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Wow! You've been a busy lady! Wonderful recipes! I am especially fond of deviled eggs! Yours look so yummy!

HeatherJ said...

Wow, you really went all out for us. That was absolutely delicious! How did you know swedish meatballs are my favorite?

javagirl1111 said...

Oh! You have a WAY adorable blog and what a meal! I wish I wasn't just virtually enjoying it:-D

kim sherrod said...

oh, how eonderful! I loved your meatballs and your pictures are fabulous! Thanks so much for all the trouble! Can I help with the dishes?

kim sherrod said...

wonderful!!!i meant wonderful!

Miz Smoochie Lips said...

Oh my gawd, aren't you just cute!! I love the spread and let me tell you just how much I love love swedish meatballs!!!! And devilled eggs too! Awesome. Oh and guess what? The foofy jello? We call that "Green stuff" which is our favoritest summer sweet salad. Yah girl, you eat like I do!
Thanks for the cute picture story board and my own place setting :)

FrenchGardenHouse said...

sorry I'm so late! I love those pictures!!! For my husband's last birthday, we had a 50's party. I bought some great cookbooks with those images and we had a blast.

I love swedish meatballs! Are there any left? I hope so! yum.
I am going to make the deviled eggs for easter. thanks so much for working so hard on your very welcoming and fun blog today.:) Happy Easter!


Trish said...

What a FABULOUS dinner! Even your recipes make me feel retro! Of course, those pics just really take me back...I LOVE your blog! What a fun place to visit! Thanks!

The Feathered Nest said...

Yummm! Everything looks so delicious! Of course I love Watergate Salad but the meatballs, sauce and noodles, I'd love to try. Thanks for all the pretty pictures, too! Take care, Dawn

Glamour Mom said...

Oh oh oh! This was just wonderful. First off...I just love your vintage art :) It's as though I've traveled back in time...I just love it!

Second, you did a wonderful job preparing for these delicious recipes. Please take it as a compliment that these "old fashioned" recipes are my favorite :)

Thank you so much for having me over...I enjoyed myself and am coming over tomorrow again for leftovers (if there are any left that is)


see you there! said...

Can you belive it? I'm still making the potluck rounds. Surely you saved one of those deviled eggs for me didn't you? I know you must have hidden just one from your hubby.

Everything looks delicious, thanks for letting me stop by.


Amy said...

oooh yum! Ive never tried this one but I'm definitely going to give it a go :-)

Leigh Ann said...

What fun! I totally missed the potluck but enjoyed hearing about it. What great pictures! What a lovely presentation!

Thanks so much for the re-selling info. It really is appreciated.

Cheers! LA

Monica said...

WOW I am coming by to eat, I am going to try the swedish meatballs and the eggs!

Monica said...

also the table is set soooooo nice!

javagirl1111 said...

Hello again, I visited for some yuummmy food last week, and I just had to come back:-)

To reiterate...My name is Kina Fink, I am Shabby in the City’s friend, and am putting together a cutesy kind of cookbook from the recipes from the blogger potluck on April 7. I’d love to use your recipe and or artwork (photos) in the book, just need your OK:-) My email address is, or you can just post on my blog….