Kitchen Delights 1/10/19

Here we are entering into a new year, 2019. Last year was the fastest year ever. It went by so quickly. I’m excited for a new year, and yet, I feel overwhelmed to what the year will be like. Maybe the fear comes from feeling like the years are passing by way too quickly. At my age, I better do the things I want to.

I want to smile more; I want to laugh at the goofy things that sometimes happen, like trying to place my toaster in the refrigerator,or placing my recipe box in the microwave. I want to enjoy my life.

Thank you recipe fans. I’ll try to share some great recipes with you.


Cabbage Soup

1/2 c. chopped celery

1/2 c. chopped onion

1/2 c. chopped carrots

2 lg. potatoes, peeled & chopped

3 T. butter

1/3 c. flour

3 c. chopped cabbage

1 qt. chicken broth

1 T. chicken bouillon

1 bay leaf

12-16 oz. Polish or Kielbasa sausage, cut-up

1/2 tsp. pepper


In a Dutch oven kettle, sauté celery, onion, carrots and potatoes with butter over medium heat, for 5 minutes. Add the flour, stir to coat the vegetables. Then add the cabbage, chicken broth, chicken bouillon and bay leaf. Cook for 45 minutes; stir a few times, add the sausage. Cook for 10-15 minutes. Add more broth if you want a thinner soup.

If you prefer beef, in place of the sausage, brown 1 lb. chunks of beef, cut from a beef roast.

Yield: 8 servings


Ham Chowder

3 carrots, diced

3 potatoes, diced

1/2 c. diced celery

1/2 c. diced onion

5 c. water

2-1/2 to 3 c. diced ham

2 T. butter

1/2 to 3/4 tsp. seasoning salt

3/4 tsp. pepper

3/4 tsp. parsley flakes

6 T. flour

2-1/2 c. milk, divided


In a Dutch oven kettle, cook carrots, potatoes, celery and onion with water, about 20-30 minutes. Add the butter, seasoning salt, pepper and parsley flakes. Whisk flour into 1 cup of milk; pour into soup, add rest of the milk to the soup. Stir often, until it’s thickened.

Yield: 6 servings


Blueberry Salad

2 (3 oz.) pkgs. grape gelatin

2 c. boiling water

20 oz. can crushed pineapple w/juice

1 can blueberry pie filling


Combine the gelatin in boiling water. Stir in pineapple with juice. Fold in the pie filling. Pour into a 2 qt. casserole. Refrigerate.



8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 c. sour cream

1/3 to1/2 c. sugar


Combine the cream cheese and vanilla extract. Stir in sour cream and sugar. Spread over the top of the gelatin, chill. Serve with a dollop of whipped topping.


Party Sandwich Bake

12 slices Texas toast or sandwhich bread

1-1/2 c. chopped, cooked shrimp or ham

1/2 c. finely chopped celery

1/2 c. finely chopped green onion

2 T. mayonnaise

8 slices Muenster cheese

1/2 c. sliced ripe olives

3 eggs

1-1/2 c. milk

Sprinkle of paprika


Trim crusts from bread. Arrange 4 slices in bottom of a greased 8x8 inch square pan. Combine shrimp (or ham), celery, onion and mayonnaise; mix. Spoon the mixture over the bread slices. Top with 4 more slices of bread. Place a slice of cheese on each; top with olives, then the remaining slices of cheese.

Beat or whisk eggs and milk; Slowly pour the mixture over the top. Sprinkle paprika on top. Refrigerate overnight or for several hours.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Allow to stand 5 minutes before serving.

Yield: 4 servings


Apricot Nut Bread

1 c. dried apricots

3/4 c. hot water

2 c. flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. vegetable oil

1 c. sugar

1 egg

3/4 c. orange juice

1 tsp. orange zest

1/2 c. chopped pecans


Soak apricots in hot water for 20 minutes; drain and cut into tiny pieces with a scissors. Measure out the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda.

In a bowl, combine the oil, sugar and egg, add the zest, juice and pecans; add to the dry ingredients. Stir in the apricots.

Spoon into 2 well-greased 4x7 inch loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. If you bake 1 large loaf, bake for 1 hour. If baking in dark pans, bake at 325 degrees.


Helpful Hints:

• Rose hip tea is full of Vitamin C. It helps to drink it often to prevent colds.

• Cut up garlic cloves, add to chicken soup or meats and vegetables. Cut up tiny pieces and swallow. (Like taking cold pills.)

• A farmer’s remedy is to have a horseradish sandwich every day.

• To treat sore lips, go to bed with honey on them.

• Dry-winter skin: Add lemon juice or vinegar to your bath water; soap tends to dry out your skin.

• As soon as you get out of the shower or tub (while your skin is damp), slather on a moisturizing lotion that has lanolin or petroleum jelly in the list of ingredients.

“Instead of living in the shadows of yesterday, walk in the light of today and the hope of tomorrow.”


The Drummer and The Wright County Journal Press

PO Box 159
108 Central Ave.
Buffalo MN 55313

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