Monthly Archive: August 2015

I did it: cloned Solo almond filling for poundcake

  A promise is a promise. When I told you I’d try & clone the Solo almond filling (not paste) that so many of you  COULDN”T find at the grocery to make the almond pound cake published a while back, I meant it. I finally got around to it today and couldn’t wait to share …

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Elderberry jelly – a vintage recipe

I always think of my Mom when I make elderberry jelly.

It did my heart good to see the requests for elderberry jelly. I didn’t think anybody but me made what I call a “back to the earth” kind of jelly. Elderberries were abundant in years gone by but not so today. To find wild elderberries or to have a patch of your own is pretty …

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A harvest of elderberries worth the chiggers

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Well, that’s my opinion anyway. My husband, Frank, may have a different opinion since he’s the one who wound up with chiggers.  My new elderberry patch gave us some, but not near enough, elderberries to make our favorite jelly. That’s why we went looking for wild elderberries alongside country roads and railroad tracks. We found …

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Rosemary for remembrance and dipping oil

Rosemary

Rosemary is an herb associated with Bible times but not mentioned specifically in the Bible.  Along with flavoring foods, rosemary was used to keep meats safe, due to it’s antioxidant and preservative qualities. Even today Rosemary helps prevent carcinogens from forming on grilled meats when it’s used in a marinade. And the trendy dipping oil …

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The tale of 2 coops: a new generation of egg layers

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The competition has begun. Though I have to say I’m ahead of my friend and neighbor, Erin Phillips when it comes to the egg laying department. You’ll recall both of our posts a while back about the difference between our chicken coops. At the time I said the real test is whose chickens are the …

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Two 7-Up Pound Cakes: one from scratch, one from a box

7 Up Cake

  OK so I had this cake at my friend Cindy’s house. She made hers from scratch. Oh my it was GOOD!  Meltingly tender crumb and a thin lemon glaze.  But what about you who aren’t scratch bakers? Well, don’t fret. The first recipe is for purists/scratch bakers and the second recipe is for the …

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Barley + Corn + Tomatoes + Green Beans = Yummy Summer Salad

Barley salad with corn, tomatoes and green beans

Every day I go out to the garden with my treasured wicker basket that Uncle Frank made me and pick corn, tomatoes and green beans. All seem to be ripening at once,  so what’s a cook to do? Add those to cooked barley for a favorite summer salad, that’s what! Barley salad with fresh corn, …

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Pluck squash blossoms to stuff

Stuffed Zucchini Squash Blossoms

  Too many zucchini? Pluck some blossoms and stuff with my homemade Boursin cheese spread. That’s exactly what we did at Granny’s garden school at Loveland primary school last week. My sister, Madelyn, did a nice job stuffing the blossoms and the kids sprinkled edible flowers on them.

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Mary Helen’s French Oven Beef Stew

Mary Helen's Beef Stew

    Readers are asking lots of questions about this stew and also giving some great tips of their own: Pot: A heavy pot is best. If you have a Dutch oven, which is shorter and wider than a regular stock/soup pot, that works well.  If you use a nonstick pot, the gravy won’t be …

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