Monday, February 1, 2016

Shipwreck Casserole

The idea for this casserole came from an old recipe called “Shipwreck Stew”. While creating this, slave was reminded of a shipwreck that happen when it was a child back in 1956. After the recipe read a quick story about that infamous night off the coast of Nantucket.

This simple casserole features basic inexpensive items. Hamburger, hash browns, tomatoes, corn, carrots, and celery. A nice hearty meal that only needs a bread as a side.

1.5 lbs stew meat
1.5 cups hash browns (southern style cut into small cubes)
1 medium chopped onion
½ cup chopped celery
½ cup chopped or shredded carrots
1 large can diced tomatoes drained
1 pkg. whole kernel corn, thawed
1 can tomato bisque soup
½ soup can nonfat half & half

Preheat the oven to 350 and spray a 9 x 13 baking dish.
Start your cutting.
Chop the onion and carrots. Set aside.

Place potatoes and water in a microwaveable dish, cover and vent. Micro on high for 3 minutes Drain.

Put ½ cup flour in a large bowl and toss the stew meat in until well coated.

In a skillet, heat 2 tbs oil over medium heat and brown the stew meat. Cook at least 12 minutes until brown not just gray. Remove from skillet with slotted spoon and place in the baking dish.

Add the onions to the still hot skillet. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes, then add in the potatoes, carrots and the corn.

In a medium bowl mix the condensed soup with ½ can of non fat half & half and mix well, season to taste. Stir the diced tomatoes into this.

Spoon the vegetables out of the skillet into the baking dish.

Pour the soup over the top. Sprinkle with cheese if you like.
Bake in 350 oven for 30 to 35 minutes.

Slave finds this is just enough time to cook a brown and serve bread from a tube to go along with this wonderful dish.

Such a pretty dish to serve on your table.

For music, lets try:

So happy to be Master Indy's property!

To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

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Remembering the Andrea Doria

On July 25, 1956, two large ocean liners collided in one of maritime history's most famous disasters. After crossing the ocean, the Italian line's Andrea Doria was approaching the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts. She was bound for New York City when she slipped into a dense fog. A few minutes later, the eastbound MS Stockholm of the Swedish American Line entered the same fog bank.

Andrea Doria was equipped with a very advanced radar. It was a much newer design than the one on the Stockholm. However the operators on BOTH ships miss-read their equipment.

As soon as the other ship was discovered, the captain of the Italian liner turned left to pass the Stockholm. The Stockholm turned right to try to pass Andrea Doria. (According to the International Regulations, Andrea Doria was supposed to turn right, not left.) By turning left the Andrea Doria was heading towards the Stockholm.

Because of the fog, they could not see what each other was trying to do. At 11:10 PM, the Stockholm crashed into the right side of the Andrea Doria near the middle. It made a large hole that was almost 40 feet deep. While this destroyed whole front end of the Stockholm, that ship was still able to reverse and separate within 30 seconds.

The Andrea Doria had broken open several of the watertight compartments and five fuel tanks. The liner began to tilt to its right side. Soon, half of the lifeboats could not be used, because the angle was too great.

Amazingly, the ship's technical design allowed it to stay afloat for over 11 hours after being rammed in the side. 46 passengers on the Andrea Doria perished along with five crew members of the Stockholm. (one passenger, a young girl on the Andrea Doria was scooped up and deposited on the Stockholm!) 1,660 passengers and crew were rescued and survived.

The ship drifted 1.6 nautical miles from where it had crashed. A total of six different ships rescued passengers, including the Ile de France. The Stockholm was the last to arrive. Even with her bow torn off the ship plowed forward to assist.

By 9:00 AM, all the survivors were off the ship. At 10:09 AM, the ship sank. Helicopters with film crews captured movies as the back of Andrea Doria rose, and its left propeller lifted out of the water. Some lifeboats that were still on the ship broke off and floated away upside down as the once great ocean liner slid into the dark sea.
As a child, I watched news reels of that and remembered. Latter I would carefully read the Reader's Digest version of Alvin Moscow's book, Collision Course.


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