The temperature is in the low 20’s. Husband Frank and I stacked several wheelbarrows of wood near the front door for easy access.
I used to lament the short days of winter but for some reason, this year has me appreciating the small wonders of a bright, sunny winter’s day. Like the serene and sparkling view of the East Fork of the Little Miami river outside my kitchen window. This and early spring are the only times of year the river is visible since the thick copse of trees in leaf blocks out the view.
It’s something to be thankful for, really. A simple country pleasure.
Quick sloppy Joes
For the Northern Ky. mom who wanted to make a barbecue type sandwich for her preschooler but didn’t want something real spicy. This freezes well.
1 pound lean ground beef
1/4 cup finely diced onion or to taste
1/2 of a finely diced bell pepper
12 oz. bottle chili sauce
Brown sugar to taste: start with 3 tablespoons
Sauté beef, onion and bell pepper until beef is cooked. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a gentle boil, lower to a simmer for a few minutes.
Tip from Rita’s kitchen
You can substitute shredded cooked pork for the beef
Cole slaw like KFC
This slaw has more of a shred than a chop, but the results are pretty close to KFC’s. For the Northside reader who’s in charge of the Superbowl buffet this year. “I make my own barbeque but have always had to buy the slaw. My favorite is KFC’s slaw”. After working with a few recipes I found, I like this one. Now the actual ingredients may be a bit different than what KFC uses, but remember, they make theirs in huge amounts, and the recipe I’m sharing is for the home cook.
8 cups cole slaw mix (cabbage and carrots) OR
8 cups shredded or finely chopped cabbage and 1/4 shredded carrots
2 tablespoons onion, minced
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup sugar
2-3 tablespoons vinegar, either clear or cider or to taste
Squeeze of lemon juice to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix salad ingredients together. Whisk dressing ingredients together and pour over salad. Tastes best when allowed to sit in frig several hours or a day or so. Stir before eating to recoat the salad with dressing.