in the kitchen

in the kitchen

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Nola's Legacy

My mother ended her journey here on earth this morning. She was ready to go and at peace. For that I am grateful. This blog is not the forum I choose to use to speak of her but know that she was truly remarkable in many, many ways. For today and for this site, I have a recipe of Mom's. A memory from the Choke Cherry cabin in Logan Canyon 1970's....
Nola's Hot Tuna Sandwiches
1 can albacore tuna, packed in water and drained well
1/3 cup grated mild cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons roughly chopped black olives
3 tablespoons roughly chopped dill pickles
1 tablespoon minced onion
1/4 cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
6 rolls (any crusty or chewy type)
Mix tuna with cheese, olives, pickles, onions and mayo until combined. Slice rolls nearly all the way through. Spread tuna filling in rolls and wrap with aluminum foil to seal. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until cheese melts. (Or spread on sliced bread and broil for 1 to 2 minutes if you don't have rolls.) Serve warm.

Hints: Mom always doubled or tripled this recipe. The mixture keeps well covered in the fridge. Sweet pickles are ok to sub for the dill. And measuring the ingredients precisely is rather frowned upon in the real-world Mom circles of life.

Thanks to God for letting Nola be my Mom! She is so happy to see Bennie again!


  1. What a sweet tribute and post. I still use Nola's Baked Bean recipe and a couple of other favorites. Here's a big virtual hug for all of you. We love you.

  2. Love you Aunt Megan. Thanks for all you did to help Grandma these last few years. I will never forget some of her recipes, fruit leather, rolls, etc.


  3. Not only did Grandma make a wicked melted Tuna sandwich, but her roasts were the absolute best with the cheese covered onions (Mom we need that recipe too)! We will love and miss her everyday! Love you Mom!!!!! We are soooooo happy to have you come to visit us!