July 4, 2007
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It’s calving season around the county, and that means cooking meals that are quick, nutritious and can be reheated.
Traditionally, family members always have traveled to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving. Katie, the main character in this week’s book for children, thinks there’s nothing like Thanksgiving at her grandma’s house.
Thanksgiving is the time to cook up old favorites, and one of my all-time favorites is “Pumpkin Cake.” I may have featured the recipe in this column previously, but it’s worth repeating.
Several weeks ago, some readers requested recipes for “Apple Crisp,” and this week I received two of them from Fredonne Chapman, of Craig. Fredonne has submitted recipes to the column previously.
The snow is blowing, and I can see little icicles hanging from the roof of the storage shed. Soup is just what's needed for a day like this. This week's soup recipe is a 1999 National Beef Cook-Off winning entry. It was cooked up by Jayne Timmerman from Nebraska.
Recently, I ordered a textbook via the phone from a publishing company. It took time and patience to reach the correct department because the company had an automatic answering device with a number of push button choices. It got me to wondering what would happen if a rancher had to rely on a similar phone system to get help with a problem - perhaps one requiring a veterinarian.
You know it's summer when the refrigerator is overflowing with yellow summer squash and zucchini. So one morning, over a cup of coffee, I took out my vegetable recipe file to find ways to use summer squash.
Even if we didn't have a calendar, we'd know it's fall because: The wheat has been cut, and the fields are a golden brown.
Young, speckled robins are eating our chokecherries and the grasshoppers are merrily eating their way up the kohlrabi row, but we did manage to save the pie cherries from one of our young fruit trees.
This week's column features two more picture books for kids.
This week, the column features two more recipes from "Cattlemen's Favorite Beef Recipes: From the Kitchens of the Colorado Cowbelles."
About 30 years ago, I cut this week's two recipes from newspapers and put them in my "to try" file.
A few weeks ago, I asked readers if they had a recipe for "Burnt Sugar Cake," an old cake recipe. This was after I had found my mother's recipe for "Burnt Sugar Icing" but no directions for making the cake.
A few weeks ago, I asked readers whether they had a recipe for "Burnt Sugar Cake," an old cake recipe.
Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, private detectives, were the central characters in "Simple Genius," a No. 1 New York Times bestseller, by author David Baldacci.
The leading character of this week's picture book for children is a great big fellow. He's lovable. And Hippo has a problem.
Because of the rain, we didn't barbecue as much as we usually do this past Memorial Day weekend. So I took the time to make a recipe from my "to try" file. It's from a clipping without a source.
Because of the rain, we didn't barbecue as much as we usually do this Memorial Day weekend. So, I took the time to make a recipe from my "to try" file. It's from a clipping without a source.
Our rhubarb is nearly ready for picking. Here is a recipe I clipped from a newspaper nearly 20 years ago.
Did you ever look at a dog biscuit and wonder how it tastes? Maybe that's why the little girl in this week's picture book eats one.
Years ago, when I was a youngster, my mother, Judy Osborn, made some interesting and delicious cakes. For example, I remember that she made a "money cake" for special occasions. She washed and then wrapped coins in wax paper and baked them into a cake. I'm not sure what cake recipe she used (and it probably doesn't matter), but the cake was round and two-layered.
Planting the garden can be a family affair, and that's what a mother and her children are up to in "Mortimer's First Garden," this week's featured picture book.
Every now and then, a book comes along that takes my breath away. That's the case with "The Underneath," a children's novel by Kathi Appelt.
Can you believe it? Easter is April 12. Pretty soon we'll be planning our Easter dinner menus.
The Hank Zipzer books, by author/actor Henry Winkler and author Lin Oliver, are popular with young adults. "Hank Zipzer, the World's Greatest Underachiever: the Life of Me (Enter at Your Own Risk)" is book number 14 of the series (2008).
Remember the recipe for "Strawberry Cake with Frosting" that appeared in the Feb. 6 column? Well, last Friday, while I was at the grocery store, a reader caught up with me. She had made the cake and frosting. (I didn't make the frosting because the cake tasted pretty rich. After it cooled, however, I wished that I had frosted it.)
This week's column reviews "Last Ranch in Hells Canyon: Further Adventures of the Mantle Family," Queeda Mantle Walker's second book about the Mantle Ranch.
Going from spicy to sweet, this week's recipe is about cinnamon rolls.
This week's recipe for lasagna serves 8 to 12. With a green salad and maybe bread, it makes a hearty meal.
This morning, over a cup of coffee, I checked out my files looking for some main meal recipes. I always seem to get into a rut when it comes to planning meals this time of year. I don't know why, but for some reason I can't seem to think of anything to cook.
Time! I've often said that it's something I don't have enough of. So when it comes to meals, I often have to resort to making something super fast.
"Clean up your room!" Kids hate to hear those four words. Parents dread saying them because they know the hard part is make their children follow through with the order.
I found this week's first recipe in a newspaper clipping in my file of untried recipes.
Cookies and candies are delicious, but did you ever notice that after eating so many you start to crave a main dish? This week's main dish casserole features beef.
This week's column features another recipe from "The Rocky Mountain Sweet Shoppe Cookbook," courtesy of Patty Ross.
This past weekend, I tried the "Chocolate Nut Clusters" from last week's column. This time, I used fresh salted peanuts - a whole pound can. (Mixed salted nuts also would be good in the recipe.) The candy, is delicious and so easy to make.
Halloween will be here in a little more than a week. You might choose to use this week's recipe to make a Halloween cake.
You have to open a lot of cans to make this recipe, but it's pretty quick to make. The ingredients for "Mexicali Casserole" are: 2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans tamales, 1 (20-ounce) can yellow hominy (drained), 1 can Vienna sausages (cut into chunks), 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup, and 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese.
We have two zucchini fruits, each about 4 inches long. So, I hunted up my zucchini recipes, some of which I've never tried before.
Who would believe that you can make fudge, pie crust, mock pumpkin pie, cupcakes, and pizza from beans? Beans are good for us, too. They're high in fiber, protein and carbohydrates.
This week, I received two recipes from Pat Coyner of Craig. We needed something sweet in the house so I got busy and made Pat's recipe for "Boy Scout Cake." Pat pointed out that there are no eggs in this recipe, and it's a good thing because I was low on eggs.
The recipes in this week's column came from Sunnie Smith and Mary Kihlstrom, readers who have contributed recipes to the column before.
This week, Mary Kihlstrom called with a recipe for "Zucchini Soup." Awhile back, Sunnie Smith sent me a recipe for "Overnight Ham and Egg Casserole." The recipes are coming up in next week's column.
First off, Iva Decker of Craig called me Wednesday with a question about "Rhubarb Coffee Cake," the recipe featured in last week's column. She wanted to know if the 1 1/2 cups brown sugar was the right amount. I checked the recipe, and that's what Darlene had written down. So, I called her.
This week, I read the new book, "Unstoppable: Inspiring Lessons for the Unstoppable You," a motivational book for people of all ages, by Moffat County High School teacher Craig Conrad.
Sunday was branding day at our house, with our entire family helping out, so what better opportunity to try some new recipes. The day before, I made salads and dessert.
Tyrone Brown, the central character in this week's picture book, calls himself a professional class clown. It isn't that Tyrone is an overachiever. He solves the math problem of the day each day, and he lives for science experiments.
This has been an even busier week than usual since the Cowbelles have been getting ready for Ag-Day. It has meant fixing quick meals, so I haven't been doing a lot of cooking.
"Great Ranches of the West" is Jim Keen's newest book, and he'll be at Downtown Books on Saturday for a book signing. Keen is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker.
It's prom time at high schools everywhere, and that's the setting for a brand new trilogy of books written for the young adult reader.
This week's column is very special because it features some very old recipes.
This past weekend, I fixed a Mexican casserole that I've made a couple of times before. Our son's family was here for the weekend, and the casserole was gobbled up in a hurry.
The Luxe," by Anna Godbersen, released February 2008, is a novel for young adults - but one adults will equally enjoy, too. It's a novel you just can't put down.
When I first started writing this column, I featured a recipe for "Tater Tot Casserole," made with a layer of ground beef, green pepper, onion and followed with cream of mushroom soup and shredded cheese. On the very top is a layer of potato puffs.
Lots of young readers and their parents have giggled about the chain of events set off in "If You Give a Moose a Muffin" or "If You Give a Pig a Pancake" or any of the other books this series by Laura Numeroff.
Last week it was green stuff. This week, it's dirty rice.
Even though their coat colors are different, Charlie, the guinea pig in this week's book, reminds me of Zachary, my grandson Jaycee's guinea pig. I wonder if Zachary thinks about hitting it big, too.
This week's book for children isn't a new release. In fact, its copyright date is 1965, but it and other books by the author are timeless, enjoyed by readers as much today as when they were published.
Before long, we hope, warmer weather will have us out of the house. But, until that that time, these snowy days allow more time for baking.
The nice thing about making Mexican casserole recipes is that you can substitute ingredients, like soups and cheeses, and the recipe still turns out. Mine never taste the same twice. You have choices of ingredients in this week's recipe (origins unknown).
Meg Cabot's "Princess Diaries" are books popular with young adults, perhaps because some of them were made into Disney movies.
This week, Jan Rinker, who lives west of Craig, sent me a recipe for "Beef, Barley, Lentil Soup."
What a treat. I received two recipes this week.
This week's beautiful picture book, with illustrations done in colored pencils, celebrates the bicentennial of Hans Christian Andersen's birth. The inside cover pages are done in gold.
I realize that I've reviewed a bunch of children's books in a row lately. That's because the Moffat County Library has a wonderful display of new fairy tales right now, and they're irresistible. I'll get back to adult books shortly.
On New Year's Day, we had clam chowder, oyster stew and leftover pizza and snacks from the night before. I was left in charge of making the clam chowder from my daughter-in-law Brandi's recipe.
The scene for this week's picture book is chilly looking, indeed. Windmills, houses and trees are covered with snow, and people skate on the frozen river. It's Holland in winter.
When we get together with family and friends on New Year's Eve, we have chili and other kinds of soup.
Over a Cup of Coffee
When I was a child, it was a tradition to have Oyster Stew on Christmas Eve, after which we opened Christmas cards and passed them around the table.
This week's novel for adults begins in autumn and ends just before Christmas Day. The setting is Honeybrook, an Amish community. The central character of the novel is Nellie Mae Fisher, a 17-year-old daughter of Reuben and Besty Fisher.
If you were 12 years old and one day found yourself feeling mad at your buddy, your best pal for your whole life, you might want to talk things over with your grandma.
'Tis the season for making cookies. There's no nicer gift than a pretty plate of assorted cookies.
Taste of Home Cooking School will be in Craig on Monday.
As promised, this past weekend I made Pumpkin Bars, and we had them with coffee after we dug potatoes on Sunday. The bars taste like pumpkin pie.
You'll never see Whoopi Goldberg with her finger in her nose. It's just bad manners - and "ucky," too. And that's just one example of bad manners. The reader will find plenty more in this week's book.
Last December, Julie Jones-Eddy (formerly of Craig and now from Colorado Springs) sent me her mother's recipe for "Pumpkin Chiffon Pie." Margaret E. Jones always made the pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
When I read a biography, I turn to the book's bibliography and sources pages. It seems to me that the longer the list of references, the more likely the book's contents are credible.
This past weekend, I finally took time to put up some of my Halloween decorations.
Isn't it great when a cook can adjust recipe ingredients to accommodate the family's preferences? That's what Erma Ozbun did with the Vegetable Hamburger Soup recipe that appeared in the Sept. 14 column.
This week's beautiful picture book is on loan from the family of the late Cassie Owens. Cyndee Owens thinks the book is a good resource to use when helping children deal with death. She wants others to know about the book.
Last month, I visited Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehabilitation in Craig. The day I was there, recreation director Mary Gillingham and the residents were making applesauce.
I've been trying to use up some zucchini that has built up in the refrigerator, so last week I tried "Zucchini Soup." The recipe appeared in the July 25, 1994, edition of "The Fence Post." It came from the kitchen of Barbara Fleming of Sedalia.
Brrr! Monday evening was so chilly that I dug some carrots and potatoes from the garden and, for the first time in awhile, made some soup for supper. The following recipe for "vegetable hamburger soup" is one of our favorites, and it's mostly made from our homegrown ingredients.
The cover of this week's picture book bears three warnings: "Private," "Mind Your Beeswax" and "Top Secret." An inside credit page goes a step further. The "Danger: Radioactive" warning is accompanied by a drawing of a skull and cross bones.
"Tallgrass," this week's bestselling novel for adults, was written by Sandra Dallas, who lives in Denver.
This week's column features two picture books. The first, intended by the publisher for all ages, will warm your heart.
Pete & Pillar: The Big Rain" is an endearing new picture book written and illustrated by Jeffery Stoddard, who grew up in Craig and now lives in Colorado Springs. The book is "a book of friendship based on John 15:13."
I'm thoroughly enjoying "Tales of the Old West Retold" by C.A. Stoddard. I'll review it in next week's column.