Planning on hosting a special dinner this year? Maybe Christmas dinner? Then you must make these time-tested family recipes. Locke Burt, Security First Insurance’s president, shared his family recipes with us. These simple recipes take little time but will make a big impact. Enjoy these secret family recipes that have been passed down through generations. Our gift to you!


Scalloped Tomatoes and Artichoke Hearts

1 can whole plum tomatoes

1 can artichokes hearts

½ cup finely chopped onions

2 tsp. finely chopped shallots

¼ lb. butter

½ tsp. basil

2 tsp. sugar

Grated parmesan cheese, to taste

Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions: Grease a shallow casserole dish. Drain tomatoes and artichokes. Rinse and quarter artichokes. Sauté onions and shallots in butter until tender. Add tomatoes, artichokes, and basil. Heat, stirring frequently. Season with sugar, salt, and pepper. Transfer to casserole dish, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake at 325°F for 10 – 15 minutes until heated through.


Salad Dressing

1 large onion, grated or minced

1 cup sugar

½ cup red or white wine vinegar

2 tbsp. celery seed

1 tsp. salt

2 cups oil

Directions: Let the first two ingredients set for at least 2 hours, and then mix in remaining items and serve. Can be refrigerated for use later.


The Burt family has enjoyed these recipes for years, and we hope you will too. Do you have any family recipes you would like to share with us? Please comment below your tasty recipes.