Over a Cup of Coffee: Discovering an old family recipe

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Reta Osborn of Hamilton called me the other day. She said she had been cleaning out her recipe file when she found a recipe for “Corn Chowder.” My mother, Judy Osborn, had given her the recipe years ago. So, Reta made the chowder and said it was good.

Diane Prather

Diane Prather's columns appear in the Craig Daily Press and Saturday Morning Press. You can call her at 824-8809.

Even though it’s my mom’s recipe, I’ve never made the chowder. We ate all of the ham I baked this past weekend, so now I have to buy some more before I can try the recipe.

One thing’s for sure — this is the weather for chowder.

First of all, there are a couple of things that you should know about the recipe.

Reta said that Mom wrote a note on the recipe about the lima beans. Dry lima beans can be used, if cooked up first. They’re cheaper.

Also, Reta didn’t have any lima beans, so she used two cans of other kinds of beans, and she drained the juice off the beans to make the chowder thicker.

After Reta made the chowder, she put it in the oven at 200 degrees to keep it warm.

1 pound ham, diced

4 potatoes, diced

1 onion, diced

1 green pepper, diced

Put these ingredients in a 4-quart pan, and cover them with water. Bring to a boil and simmer until tender.

Then add:

1 can cream-style corn

1 can whole kernel corn

1 can lima beans

2 cups milk

Salt and pepper

Heat to a boil. Do not let milk boil. The chowder may be thickened with a little flour if desired.

— Recipe from Judy Osborn. Contributed by Reta Osborn

For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is coming up. You can plan a festive meal for your family using red and pink foods, such as red gelatin salad with strawberries, ham, heart-shaped sandwiches (using a cookie cutter) with deviled ham mix, and cookies or cupcakes that are decorated with frostings and candies.

Consider baking a heart-shaped cake that can be decorated with white or pink frosting and coconut, or serve angel food cake served up with strawberries and whipped topping.

If you have recipes you’d like to share, call 970-824-8809 or write to P.O. Box 415, Craig, CO 81626.

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