Monthly Archive: October 2013

Halloween Witches Brew

This makes a lot – great for all the goblins and ghosts! HALLOWEEN WITCHES BREW Makes 32 servings, 8 oz ea.   Stir together: 1 gallon  fruit punch   1 quart  pineapple juice 1 quart Sunny Delight orange drink   Right before serving, stir in: 2 liters chilled orange soda   Variations:   Stir in 1 …

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Popcorn Ball Recipe: Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

I like to make this popcorn ball recipe because it’s easy-on-the-budget SO GOOD. I think you and your little ones will love these popcorn balls.  Make it a family affair and let everyone make their own. To give out on Halloween, wrap in orange cellophane tied with black ribbon. These make nice after school snacks, …

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Jerusalem artichokes – have you heard of them?

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I grow Jersualem artichokes in my herb garden. Neighbors Jamie and Jess stopped by for a visit and pretty soon, I had them digging up chokes. The knobby sunchoke tubers look similar to ginger roots, with light brown skin which may be tinged with yellow, red, or purple depending on the soil they are grown …

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Cheesy Artichoke Tomato Triangles

Cheesy Artichoke & Tomato Triangles   Did you know artichokes are a member of the thistle family and have Biblical roots? Each week I talk with Brian Patrick about Bible foods and herbs. Today we talked about artichokes. Artichokes:  Gen 3:18 “Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat …

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Cracker Jack Caramel Popcorn for Halloween

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Cracker Jack caramel  popcorn for Halloween and a Pumpkin cheeseball By far my most requested recipe. The taste reminds me of the Cracker Jack popcorn I loved as a kid. (Remember the fun “toy” in the box?).  The recipe uses mixed nuts (or try almonds or even macadamia nuts).  If you’re making this for kids, …

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Cedar planked salmon really easy and yum!

Ready for the grill

Pick up a pack of cedar or other wood planks. Follow directions: soak several hours underwater and then prepare your salmon. Put salmon on wet plank, season, grill, covered until done.  This is our favorite way now to cook salmon. If you like, make a nice dill sauce to go along with it: Mix together: …

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Couscous with herbs and Creamy pumpkin bars

Pantry Grains: Barley, Couscous, Farro, Bulghur Wheat

Can you find the pumpkin bar? Each Thursday morning I chat with Brian Patrick on Sacred Heart Radio. Today we talked about pantry grains with Bible roots. Couscous was one of them so I shared a favorite recipe using whole wheat couscous. As a bonus, I couldn’t resist giving Barb Boelscher’s pumpkin bar recipe which …

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Clara’s German Potato Salad for Oktoberfest

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  This is as close as I can get to my German Mother-in-law’s recipe for authentic German potato salad. Clara never measured, like all really good cooks with an ethnic background. Some folks like to add hard boiled eggs, others nix the celery. Great for Oktoberfest. You may want to add more vinegar, sugar (or maybe …

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Homemade Produce Wash

  Both cider and clear vinegar have been in the news a lot as wonder vinegars. They’re not only used in foods, but for cleaning produce. I have a great recipe for an old fashioned produce wash for salad greens: 3 tablespoons cider vinegar to about 6 cups of water. Let your produce soak a few minutes, rinse in …

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