2009 archive

Dec 17

Confession #8 The Shrine

“Why carrots?” is a question most people will never be asked, especially by medical personnel. It started when I was a kid. I never really liked my birthday. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the gifts well enough. I just didn’t like being the center of attention. Over the years it got worse, I basically …

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Dec 05

Plotting and Planning

My husband claims that two zucchini plants are at least one too many, and perhaps he is right. Many’s the story I have heard of a kitchen filled with zucchini at the end of the growing season, or offers I have received for cucumbers in the fall. I won’t even talk about the year I …

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Dec 01

Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Gather your ingredients: 1 box Chocolate Cake Mix Eggs, Oil, water as mix calls for 1) 12oz. bag Frozen Raspberries 24 oz. Cream Cheese icing (16 oz. for 1 layer cake) 2 Tbs. Raspberry Preserves ¼ cup flour Chocolate Sundae Syrup Defrost berries by placing in colander and running lukewarm water over them. Drain very …

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Dec 01

Confession #19 ~The Stash

the seed stash

While sorting through my collection of seed packets I realized I need to make another confession. I hoard seeds. Ever since I found out that seeds only lose some viability each season (something the seed companies don’t want you to know) I have saved the leftover seeds each year. Throwing out leftover seeds is about …

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Nov 30

Not So Impossible Quiche

“Quiche” sounds complicated, but it is easy to make and inexpensive. Great for dinner or Sunday brunch. You will need: 1 Pillsbury pie crust 14 oz. frozen loose chopped spinach 4 sliced mushrooms ½ cup chopped onion (1 medium) 2 tsp. garlic powder 1 cup shredded Cheddar Jack cheese ¼ cup imitation bacon bits* 2 …

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Nov 28

Tis the Season

If you ask a gardener in this zone 5/6 area when the growing season starts, they will probably answer Memorial Day Weekend. This is generally considered to be the time of year that is safe from frost. If you ask a die-hard gardener, they might answer March. That is the earliest you can plant snow …

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Nov 23

King Crab Bisque

This was one of the most popular items at our restaurant, and so easy even I can cook it. Ingredients: 3 (6 oz.) cans Chicken of the Sea crabmeat 1 slice bacon 3 Tbs. butter 1/4 cup flour 1 cup chopped onions 2 cups diced potatoes 1 quart cream 1 bay leaf 1 tsp. Old …

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Nov 22

Triple Berry Cheesecake

Ever since I saw the Triple Berry Cheesecake on Cafe’ World I’ve been wanting some. This is an easy recipe and the result is to die for. 1 Keebler Brand Ready Made Crust, Chocolate 2 pkg.(8 oz. each) reduced fat Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese, softened 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1/2 egg beaters (or …

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Nov 19

Baked French Onion Soup

3 oz. butter 5 large onions, thinly sliced 1 clove garlic, crushed 3 cups beef broth* 3 cups chicken broth 1 Tbs. white wine Peel onions, cut in half and thinly slice into semi-circles. Sauté onions and garlic in butter over medium-low heat. The onions need to cook slowly, as they turn brownish their sugars …

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Nov 15

Digging Holes

A WWII Vet I know grows great vegetables. Really really great vegetables. His wife told me their secret: in the fall he digs holes around the vegetable bed. Then, instead of using a fancy-schmancy composter, they simply put their kitchen scraps etc. into the holes. Until the ground freezes they cover them up with dirt. …

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