Diane Prather

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Over a Cup of Coffee: Making chicken noodle soup

With the recent stormy weather came the craving for soup so this week I made a beef vegetable soup. It got me to thinking about our son, Jody, and his chicken noodle soup. We’ve never gotten the chance to enjoy his soup, but his family loves it. More than once, Jody has called us to visit while he waits for a chicken to finish cooking. He uses an oven-baked chicken for the soup, and I’ll bet that he uses some of the drippings in the chicken broth, too.

From Pipi's Pasture: Remembering the teacher’s house

Last week’s column was a recollection of what it was like to be a country school teacher. In the column I wrote that my sisters and I attended the Morapos School through the eighth grade and then attended high school in Craig. I goofed. Our sister Darlene attended seven grades at Morapos and then went to eighth-grade at the Craig high school. When I talked to her a few days ago, Darlene explained that having country school kids attend eighth-grade in Craig was a sort of “trend” in those days. It was intended as a sort of transition before starting high school.

Prather’s Pick: Millie plays hide-and-seek

This past week I came upon the funniest picture book ever. “Millie and the Big Rescue” was written by Alexander Steffensmeier who lives in Germany

From Pipi's Pasture: The many jobs of the country school teacher

Since hearing about the Country School Reunion that is being planned for this summer, I’ve been thinking a lot about the country schools, especially the Morapos School which can still be seen on our family ranch property.

Over a Cup of Coffee: A Mexican casserole

I have several recipes for Mexican casseroles, most of them that require layering of the ingredients. This week’s “Enchilada Casserole” is a layered casserole, too, but the ingredients are different. Also included in the column is a recipe for a fruit salad that you can serve with the casserole. Enjoy!

Prather’s Pick: An almost perfect murder

As I read this week’s book for adults, I couldn’t get one thought out of my mind: “How could something like this have happened?” And yet it did.

From Pipi's Pasture: Suddenly it’s April

Suddenly it’s April! It always amazes me how different one year can be from another and yet how similar they are. This April is a little different compared to others because spring weather arrived in March. I can remember Aprils past when we had lots of wind and snow, resulting in deep drifts that had to be shoveled out before I could do chores at the corral, and the lane had to be cleared before we could go anywhere. That might still happen—we just have to wait and see.

Over a Cup of Coffee: Potato side dishes

This morning, over a cup of coffee, I pored over my file of potato recipes. Since I’m baking a ham for Easter dinner, I won’t have drippings to make gravy so I have to think of something other than mashed potatoes for a side dish. I usually make a potato or pasta salad, but I thought I’d check out another potato recipe.

Prather's Pick: A book to help kids remember the rules

“Clark the Shark”, a picture book intended for ages 4 to 8, is another book that can be used to teach kids (both at home and at school) as well as to entertain them!

Over a Cup of Coffee: An April Fool’s surprise

April Fool’s Day is coming up. So is Easter. This week’s column has a surprise that you can serve your family for April Fool’s Day, and it has another chocolate cake for Easter. Both recipes are from “1000 Recipe Cook Book” (1951), a cookbook that an elderly friend gave me about 35 years ago.

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