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Jelly and Rocket Science

Someone I love has a favorite expression, “it’s not rocket science”, he will say this when someone is having difficulty understanding his direction. Last Summer I attempted to make Elderberry Jelly. It had been nearly two decades since the last time I made this loved delicacy. Nearly every where I have lived as an adult, […]

19Dec2015 | | Comments Off on Jelly and Rocket Science | Continued
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Choosing the Right Coffee House

To get started in finding the right experience with coffee, you have to choose a coffee house. This is important because there are a lot of coffee houses out there that are expensive and cushy, but do not fall into the “micro-brew” coffee house category. Micro-brew coffee shops will roast their own coffees on the […]

21Feb2013 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Cucumbers and little identified methods to avoid diabetic issues

Will you be cool as a cucumber? Not merely is the cucumber known for it’s capability to cool-down our bodies, it has also been seen to assist with jaundice, diarrhea, epilepsy, sore throat, conjunctivitis (redness of the eye) and swelling of extremities.

28Jun2010 | | Comments Off on Cucumbers and little identified methods to avoid diabetic issues | Continued
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Baking Bread – An Experience

I began baking bread about fifteen years ago. I have experimented with white bread, egg bread, sweet bread, rolls, loafs, braided loafs, and combinations of these. I now use a single recipe of my own design – it is a sweet egg bread. Recently I tried using some wheat flour. I found that if I used about half white flour and half wheat flour I had the best chance of achieving the texture and flavor I like.

28May2009 | | Comments Off on Baking Bread – An Experience | Continued
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*Hank’s Giving Day Turkey

This is a recipe out of my Hank Jr cookbook.  My wife cooked this at our first home cooked Thanksgiving and it turned out wonderful.  This cookbook is chock full of recipes for parties, everyday meals and wild game. 1   turkey, washed and drained 1 tsp pepper 1 tsp salt 1 tsp paprika 4 tsps […]

7Nov2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Home Made Chili

The first cool day of fall led this writer to the grocery store to get the fixuns for a big pot of chili. We have never made chili the same way twice – but we think we are on to something this time. We knew we needed some meat, some beans, some tomato sauce, and […]

23Oct2008 | | Comments Off on Home Made Chili | Continued
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Artichoke Dip

This is a great hot dip for pita bread or the crackers of your choice. (serves about 8). Ingredients: Two 14 ounce cans of artichoke hearts, drained and chopped. One cup grated Parmesan cheese One cup mayonnaise (fat-free or lite will work) One teaspoon garlic salt One half teaspoon ground black pepper One tablespoon fresh […]

19Oct2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Tuna Noodle Casserole

This is an easy meal for a family.  Preheat oven to 350 F. Ingredients: 3, 5 ounce cans Tuna (this writer prefers tuna in water) 2 cans Cream of Mushroom soup. 2 cups Milk 2 sticks butter or margarine 1 package round snack crackers 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan or Romano cheese 16 ounces extra wide […]

18Oct2008 | | Comments Off on Tuna Noodle Casserole | Continued
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Home Made Potato Soup

Home Made Potato Soup: Ingredients: Lots of potatoes – 8 – 10 red or russet will work – depends on if you like leftovers One 8 oz can of chicken broth One pint of whipping cream Two sticks of butter One or two yellow or white onions – to taste Salt Pepper Basil Flour Milk […]

16Oct2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Tortellini and Alfredo

Last evening we were knocking around the kitchen, looking for an easy but tasty meal. There was some fresh Tortellini in the fridge so we did some experimenting. Tortellini is a ring shaped pasta, usually stuffed with a meat and cheese, or just a cheese mix. We prefer the fresh tortellini, but we have some […]

15Oct2008 | | Comments Off on Tortellini and Alfredo | Continued
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Home made Alfredo sauce

This writer likes to cook but sometimes we feel lazy and want an easy meal. One of my other sins is pasta. Laziness and gluttony – sins flavor sins, one good sin deserves another, that’s my motto today. We have an Alfredo sauce that is sinful. Here is what we do. Ingredients: 1 pint of […]

14Oct2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Salmon Patties

About 30 minutes preparation and cooking time. 1 extra large egg, beaten 1/4 cup of milk 1 finely chopped (grated?) medium yellow onion 1 tablespoon fresh dill, or 1 teaspoon dried dill 1/4 cup chopped parsley (optional) 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 16 ounce can salmon – drain or not. 1 – 2 cups […]

11Oct2008 | | Comments Off on Salmon Patties | Continued
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Manicotti – an easy baked dish

We are getting ready for an Italian Thanksgiving in Kansas City. We have been experimenting with some Italian dishes that are quick and easy, and of course – all things pasta. Here is one that we like: Manicotti Ingredients: 2 cups of spaghetti sauce (try the home made stuff) 1 egg, lightly beaten 2 cups […]

9Oct2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Eazy Hot Wings

I made these myself when I was short on cash but had alot of chicken.  I make these without any exact measurement, time frame or temp so you may need to adjust to your taste. You may use your choice of wing sauce, I prefer tabasco with a little rib rub mixed in. The ingredient […]

9Oct2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Creamy Vodka Sauce…

On the subject of tortellinis, we would impart another recipe from our own Italian friends in Staten Island, NY. We would like to thank Eileen for this one, and we are forever grateful as it is a family favorite. You will need: one cup of ham – cubed one cup of onion (yellow or white, […]

7Oct2008 | | Comments Off on Creamy Vodka Sauce… | Continued
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Baking Bread – Recipe and Discussion

This writer began baking bread about fifteen years ago. We have experimented with white bread, egg bread, sweet bread, rolls, loafs, braided loafs, and combinations of these. We now use a single recipe of my own design – it is a sweet egg bread. Recently we tried using some wheat flour. We found that if […]

2Oct2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Cooking for a Crowd: Walking Tacos

Basically, here is how it works: you will crumble the chips in the bags and then cut the tops of the bags off. You can also turn the bag on its side and cut the bag along the edge from top to bottom.

2Oct2008 | | Comments Off on Cooking for a Crowd: Walking Tacos | Continued
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Kansas City Italian Meatballs

This writer has a friend in the Kansas City Mafia. We have been invited to Thanksgiving Dinner. They are having an ‘Italian Thanksgiving.’ All of the food will be traditional Italian – she won’t give away the family secrets, but she did talk some about their food. She told us to be careful because she […]

30Sep2008 | | Comments Off on Kansas City Italian Meatballs | Continued
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Cooking For a Crowd: The Potato Bar

I am the Director of Youth Ministries at our church, and at out program we eat together every week.  Some weeks have more people than others, of course, but we are getting good at providing meals for semi-large crowds (like 25 – 30 people) with minimal prep and even less of a budget.  I wanted […]

29Sep2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Scalloped Potatoes

Preparation 30 minutes.  Cooking time 1 hour 45 minutes. Oven 350 F. 1 cup chopped onion 1 clove garlic, chopped (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder) 1 cup grated cheese (Parmesan, Romano, or your choice) 1 stick butter or margarine 1/4 cup all purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 teaspoon dried […]

28Sep2008 | | Comments Off on Scalloped Potatoes | Continued
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Coldingham Pork Loin (stuffed with cheese)…

In November of 1998 we lived with nine of my fellow sailors in a large, colonial style brick house near a man made lake in Virginia Beach, VA. The house was at the end of a cul-de-sac called Coldingham Court. Thanksgiving came along, and my friend Mike and I decided to host a Thanksgiving dinner, […]

24Sep2008 | | Comments Off on Coldingham Pork Loin (stuffed with cheese)… | Continued
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Kansas City Spaghetti Sauce

We are going to Kansas City today to watch the NFL Chiefs fight for the dignity of Herm Edwards. There will be a gang of folks gathering together, the Chiefs are just an excuse to eat all things Italian. My favorite is the Italian Spaghetti Sauce. (Is that an oxymoron?) Herm may have cost the […]

21Sep2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Oyster Stuffing and Thanksgiving

Baked turkeys are best served with a good Oyster Stuffing. The stuffing adds flavor the to meat and to the experience. The early Pilgrims – those folks who invented Thanksgiving, were sea faring people. They came across the ocean and they lived on the coast. Sea food was a basic staple. Blending sea food with […]

15Sep2008 | | Comments Off on Oyster Stuffing and Thanksgiving | Continued
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More on Barbecue Rubs

This writer posted a recipe last week on my new Barbecue Rub recipe. I tried it last Thursday on a five pound chicken – it worked out pretty well. The success is qualified however. I rubbed the chicken about ten minutes before I put it on the grill. Excited with the results I tried it […]

21Aug2008 | | Comments Off on More on Barbecue Rubs | Continued
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The Rub – Nuances of Barbecue

Marinade, butter and baste, and rub it in – barbecuing is raised to the level of fine dining. Smoking ribs, turkey, chicken, and pork shoulder or butt has become one of my favorite cooking methods this summer. Today I am trying my own recipe for a rub. The test subject on my smoker is a […]

15Aug2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Learning about Smoking Meat

This has been a good summer for my patio. A friend gave me an old smoker – one of those stand up models with a water/drip pan. But hey, I never smoked a piece of meat in my life. I have smoked other things, but they could easily fit in my shirt pocket. So I […]

5Aug2008 | | Comments Off on Learning about Smoking Meat | Continued
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Baking: Culinary Artist vs. Kitchen Technician

Dad I am interested in baking my own bread. I know that this is something that you have some experience with. I believe that there are two kinds of cooks – the ‘culinary artist’ and the ‘kitchen techinician.’ I tend to be the culinary artist, and that style of cooking is more about developing a […]

19Sep2007 | | Comments Off on Baking: Culinary Artist vs. Kitchen Technician | Continued
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Sweet and Spicy Sausage and Grits

I made this recipe as a medley of several other dishes that my wife and I have liked over the years. It is pretty simple and is a nice break from the norm. You will need: 1 Kielbasa Sausage (we use turkey sausage so that we feel more healthy) 1 green pepper 1/2 an onion […]

15Sep2007 | | Comments Off on Sweet and Spicy Sausage and Grits | Continued