Archive for April, 2010

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Monday, April 26th, 2010

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Caramel & Carmel Popcorn

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

We were sitting around reminiscing about childhood Christmas traditions, the other evening.  The candies, cookies and various foods that out mothers made for the holiday.  How we spent our Christmas vacation break from school. 

Our mothers each had their own specialty for what they claimed their families thought were the very best.  How our respective mothers would tell all the other ladies that: “Our family only likes it the way I make it.”  Then they would all try to get each other’s secret recipes.  Shortly thereafter, they would each come to some functions with the same dish they had concocted with each of their personal changes to the recipe. (Nobody cooks like my mother!)

My husband’s mother once asks and was granted a copy of the caramel popcorn recipe, my mother used.  Later our church group published a cook book that was comprised of the church sister’s favorite recipes.  Both, my mother and my mother-in-law submitted the caramel popcorn recipe.  First my mother’s version and then my mother-in-laws version, with the appropriate changes, sat side by side.

My husband and I laughed about this every time we looked at that old cook book. 

Mom Larsen’s Caramel Popcorn Balls

¼ c          butter

1 c           brown sugar

½ c          light corn syrup

2/3 c      canned milk (evaporated)

½ tsp     vanilla

5 qt.       popped corn

In saucepan, bring to boil butter, syrup, and sugar; stir in milk. Simmer, stirring constantly to soft ball stage (234-238 degrees). Stir in vanilla: pour over popped corn and stir to coat.  Butter hands slightly and form into balls about 3 ½ inch in diameter.


 

Mom Hunt’s Caramel Popcorn

¼ c          butter

1 c           brown sugar

½ c          light corn syrup

2/3 c      canned milk (evaporated)

½ tsp     vanilla

5 qt.       popped corn

 

In saucepan, bring to boil butter, syrup, and sugar; stir in milk. Simmer, stirring constantly to soft ball stage (234-238 degrees). Stir in vanilla: pour over popped corn and stir to coat. Butter hands slightly and press Carmel corn into a butter 10” X 15” pan.  When mixture has cooled cut into squares and serve.

 

Soft Caramels  Printed from cooks.com

½ lb butter

1 lb. light brown sugar

1 c   dark Karo Syrup

1 c  Eagle Brand milk

1 ½ tsp. vanilla

 

Using a heavy 4-6 quart kettle, melt butter and sugar over low heat.  Add Karo and milk.  Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, to 248 degrees.  When done add vanilla.  Pour into 10X15 inch greased pan.  Chill. Cut into small pieces.

 

Variation: In one baked pie crust, add a thin layer of melted chocolate. Put a generous layer of nuts over the chocolate.  Drizzle the soft caramel over the top.  Cool and serve small wedges.

               

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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Hand mixers are without a doubt a cook’s best friend. While capable of traditional kitchen tasks such as mixing up cake batter or cookie dough, there are a multitude of other things your mixer can do. Mixers are a godsend for mashed potatoes. After peeling and boiling your potatoes, simply drain the water and return the cooked, still hot potatoes to the pot. Add butter, milk, and season to taste. Then…leave that cumbersome potato masher in the drawer of tangled wooden spoons and wire whips! Just bring out your hand mixer~ fitted with beater attachments. Whip up gloriously fluffy mashed potatoes in seconds directly in the pot. Spoon mounds of creamy mashed potatoes into a pretty dish to serve, and that’s all there is to it!

Need to whip up some real whipping cream? Leave the stand mixer for the bigger, more difficult jobs. Let your hand mixer be the hero in this adventure. The key to amazing whipped cream and meringue is making sure your bowls and beaters are cold. Place bowls and beaters in the freezer to chill while you assemble the ingredients. Remember not to over beat cream or meringue, as it will break down and not form pretty, stiff peaks.

The light weight and compact size of hand mixers makes them easy to use, easy to maneuver, and easy to store. While there are some disadvantages to hand mixers as opposed to stand mixers, such as the lower power and more delicate construction, there are many kitchen chores that are better served with a hand mixer than that of a bulky, cumbersome stand mixer. For example, if you have a favorite mixing bowl, you can use that bowl with your hand mixer, rather than the heavy glass or metal bowl that is provided with the stand mixer. Because of the mobility of the hand mixer, you can also mix while turning the bowl, and move the beaters to get all the ingredients incorporated uniformly. With stand mixers, there is always the unfortunate occurrence of unmixed ingredients left at the bottom of the bowl that the beater couldn’t quite reach.

While every kitchen appliance has it’s uses, it is safe to say that hand mixers are one of the most versatile of kitchen tools across the board. From meatloaf to mashed potatoes to dessert, this nifty little contraption can pretty much do it all. Mix up your meatloaf, beat your potatoes into fluffy, creamy decadence, and whip up a cake and icing all with the same appliance, and minimal effort on your part for cleaning between uses. Once the job is done, pop the beaters and whip attachments in the dishwasher, wipe down the plastic housing of the mixer unit, and store in the cupboard until the next job.

The ease of storage for hand mixers is a definite plus to many people, as a hand mixer will not require permanent space on the counter top. This is an even greater advantage for those of us who have every kitchen appliance known to man~ the evidence of exces sive appliance ownership littering our kitchen counters, the top of our refrigerators, and every available shelf in the cupboard!

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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

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Monday, April 19th, 2010

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Monday, April 19th, 2010

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ITALIAN SPEGHETTI WITH MEAT BALLS

Friday, April 16th, 2010

 1 LB. MIXED GROUND BEEF AND PORK*

1 ½    TEASPOONS SALT

            DASH PEPPER

2         TABLESPOONS WATER OR MILK

1         EGG, BEATEN

1         TABLESPOON MILK

           FINE DRY BREAD CRUMS

3        TABLESPOONS SHORTENING

2 ½  CUPS TOMATOES

1        MEDIUM ONION, SLICED

3        STRIPS OF BACONCUT IN SMALL PIECES

¼      TABLESPOONS BUTTER OR ADDITIONAL BACON FAT

1        QUART OF CANNED TOMATOES OR NO. 3 TIN

1        TIN TOMATO PASTE (ABOUT 1/3 CUP)

¼      TEASPOON SUGAR

1 LB. SPAGHETTI, FRESHLY COOKED

           PARMESAN CHEESE

           Combine first 7 ingredients with 1 teaspoon of the slat, and shape into small balls.  Saute’ bacon in heavy skillet or large Dutch oven until fat melts out into bottom of pan.  Add meat balls and brown slowly on all sides.  Add onion and additional butter if pan is dry and saute’ onion until soft, about 5 minutes.  Add remaining salt, tomatoes, tomato paste and sugar. (Tomatoes may be sieved if desired to remove seeds, but it is not necessary.)  Reduce heat as low as possible and simmer very slowly for 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours, stirring occasionally until sauce is the desired thick consistency.  Pour over hot, rinsed, drained spaghetti and serve at once with additional cheese (Parmesan type) to be sprinkled over the top if desired.

           Note: A clove of garlic may be cooked with the bacon and then removed before adding meat balls if desired.  4 to 6 generous servings.

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Saturday, April 10th, 2010

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Saturday, April 10th, 2010

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