Gumbo Burgers

1 pound (454 g) ground beef

2 tablespoons catsup

1 tablespoon mustard

1 can (10 3/4 ounces/305 g) chicken gumbo soup

6 hamburger buns

  1. 1.

    Saute the meat; drain.

  2. 2.

    Mix in the catsup, mustard, and soup. Bring the mixture to a boil, turn down the heat, and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve on hamburger buns.

Macaroni-Vegetable Salad

2 cups uncooked, small shell macaroni

1 cup grated carrots

1 cup green peas

3/4 cup diced celery

1/3 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1/4 teaspoon salt

dash of pepper

  1. 1.

    Cook the macaroni according to the package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.

  2. 2.

    Mix the macaroni and the vegetables together.

  3. 3.

    In a separate bowl, stir the remaining ingredients together, spoon over the salad, and mix well. Cover and chill several hours.

Fruity Dessert

2 cups seedless grape halves

1 1/2 cups fresh strawberry halves

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup sour cream

  1. 1.

    Gently mix the grapes and the strawberries together.

  2. 2.

    In a separate bowl, combine the brown sugar and the sour cream, then carefully stir into the fruit; chill.

[photos] Photos by Phil Shurtleff