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Friday, June 3, 2011

Chocolate Cake

Oh YUM! 
Chocolate Cake!
Who can resist?
This recipe looks well used - I will have to try it soon!
It was in Wilma June Faires Parker Vissotzky's recipe box.
The mystery lies in where the recipe originated...
perhaps Bernice, her mother
Another relative?
A church frined?
A fellow school teacher?
The possibilities are endless and will remain a mystery!
Please go through some of your recipes this weekend
and write down where you got it or had it first! 
Someone down the line may thank you for it! 
Have a great weekend everyone!
Chocolate cake, anyone?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Family Recipe Friday - Polish Cold Beet Soup Borscht

Summer is HERE, and with a vengeance! 
Down here in the South, we are being treated to weather that feels like August already.
Hot and humid, with temperatures in the 90's
and the A/C cranked up high!
What on earth did our ancestors do?
The Poles and East Europeans made Borscht,
a beet soup. 
Beets are Sooooo good for you! 
And this recipe doesn't require cooking, unless you want
to count the hard-boiled eggs!
This recipe is from "ma"-
Hank's mother, Anastazia (Nancy) Kocinski Vissotzky. 
I think I'll plan on Cold Beet soup for dinner tomorrow,
with a big chunk of artisan bread,
and enjoy a  mint julep on the porch. 
It IS summer down here in the South, ya'll!!!!
(Haha - I just realized I posted this for Geneablogger's Family Recipe Friday..
trouble with that is, today is THURSDAY!
It is Friday somewhere on this Earth already!!! 
Did you ever have "one of THOSE weeks"?)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Deep Dish Dewberry Pie

Tell me true, tell me, dew! 
Sorry - couldn't resist! 
A dewberry resembles a blackberry...or a black raspberry...
only instead of having an upright growing habit,
sends out runners across the ground.  
Now it makes me wonder if all the bushes I walk
past are dewberries and not blackberries as I always though?
Either way, this pie sounds great. 
You could always substitute blackberries or raspberries for dewberries.
I assume this pie has a lattice crust...that's the way I'll make it anyway! 
Tell me, dew, how YOU make it!   :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mustang (Muscadine)Wild Grapes Wine

Hank Vissotzky wrote this down  on a memo pad from work at Tarleton State Univesrity.
Kind of puts a new spin on on "sour grapes" doesn't it? 
If you aren't lucky enough to have wild grapes in the area,
I guess you could always just buy some grapes at the store. 
They don't taste the same, but would work in a pinch.
Now to go out and find some wild grape vines and keep an eye on them until July.....

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Way Out West Wild Mustang Grape Juice - Family Recipe Fridays

Summer's coming! 
With summer, comes berries, wild berries!
And grapes!  Wild grapes!
Sorry to not have posted anything for sometime, but life kidnapped me.
We took a trip to Texas, where we were met by my favorite college freshman (son!)!
We stayed on a family ranch, where I took a gazillion pictures.
All sorts of wildflowers provided a feast for our eyes!
Staying on the place brought back memories
of driving on country roads in the summer time,
searching for sand plums so Mom could make plum jelly.
By the time there are sand plums, the grapes are usually in season too.
or close anyway!
I found this recipe that Henry Vissotzky had written on some memo paper
from his desk at Tarleton State University.
Maybe this will be the summer for me to try to make
Wild Mustang Grape Juice!

Monday, May 2, 2011

My Amazing Spaghetti Scallops

Life has been hectic, too say the least!
Just look at the time in between my blog posts!
Life is funny.
You throw together a recipe from things you have in the fridge,
because you are so darn busy!
All of a sudden everyone is telling you that you need to keep the recipe!
Only problem with that is there is NO recipe!
You threw it together from scratch.
So you grab the nearest paper -
which happened to be the back of a Rottweiler puppy shaped notepad -
 and write down the recipe.
I always meant to write it on a decent recipe card!
Really I did!
It never made it, and my college son really likes this recipe!
and he really loved our rotties.
So, in deference to nostalgia and telling it like it is,
here is the rottie notepad recipe! 
Cook with love!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Mrs. Richard (Betty) Berry Boiled Peanut Butter Cookies Bluefield College Virginia

Bluefield College is a small Christian Liberal Arts School in Virginia - it's on the border of West VA and VA.
  I figure this boiled cookies recipe is either June's or Bernice's recipe.  It may be June's, becuase she was a teacher, and intereacted with a lot of other teachers from all over...Or more probably it may have been Bernice's because she was a pastor's wife, and knew many other people from Christian backgrounds.  I tried to google Mrs. Betty Berry.  There seem to be several other Berrys still attending Bluefield College....but I still need to do an ancestry search on Mrs. Berry.  I am curious!  It makes me think I need to go back through all my recipes and put notes about how and where and when I got MY recipes from friends.  That way my descendants will know a little bit more about me and not have to wonder......

Friday, April 15, 2011

Family Recipe Friday: Chocolate or Vanilla Spritzkuchen Cookies with Fluffo!

June was very good friends with a couple of Mary's,
so I am not going to guess which Mary this recipe is from. 
All I know if that they sound like good cookies to make for Easter. 
Or anytime!
And here is another recipe for FLUFFO!  
Maybe I should have just designated this as
FLUFFO week!
It just cracks me up.
(You can use Crisco instead of Fluffo.)
Sounds like a dog's name!
Or instead of "Here kitty, kitty."...
"Here, Fluffo!"
Thinking of Easter...
Fluffo would be a fantastic name for any Easter chicks or bunnies.
If you get live ones that is. 
Someday, I will have to get a good laying hen
and name her Fluffo! 
Have a good weekend everyone! 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Fluffo Jam Sandwich Cookie Bars

Word of the day:
This was a new one to me.
Maybe I'm just dating myself,
How many of you have ever used FLUFFO?
How many of your grandmothers have ever used FLUFFO?
You should ask them!
These jam sandwich cookies sound like a precursor to
a power breakfast bar. 
Not anything you really worried about
back in the days of
While you're at it though...
don't forget to take off the paper before you bake the cookies!
ANd for more tidbits on FLUFFO, do a search on youtube....
Nowadays you can probably use Crisco shortening instead. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hot Fudge Sauce for Ice Cream Sundaes

Umm  Yummm!  I think I could make this and eat the whole pot! 
My dear hubby (aka resident tomato hater)  made stir fry for me tonight. 
It was delicious, but has left me hankering for something sweet. 
I wonder if he'd notice if I made this and ate the whole potful? 
I am sure June Parker Vissotzky would approve! 
Although the more I think of it the less appealing the "whole pot" idea is sounding. 
Plus I have no ice cream in the house. 
just strike the whole pot idea. 
 Hot fudge sauce will have to wait for another day.
Sometimes it is a good thing I talk myself out of things.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Hash Browns, French Fries, French fried Potatoes, and Mushroom Gravy

Hash Browns! 
If I would have had potatoes on hand, I would have surpised
my dear hubby with hash browns and eggs this morning!
But, alas, no ptoatoes!
Growning up with a mother from Germany,
how on earth can ANYONE be without POTATOES in the house?
 Some of you can probably relate!
But there you have it.  Not even a box of instant Mashed taters in house!
Please don't tell my mom! 
In the meantime...
I think a good plate of nicely browned
hash brown potatoes
with mushroom gravy on top
sounds delicious!
AND inexpensive!
Now excuse me while I go to the store to get some potatoes! 

Friday, April 8, 2011

Kraft Gaucho Dinner a la June

You know, this sounds pretty good.  And easy. 
And I am a sucker for anything that sounds
like even a resemblance to Mexican or Tex-Mex food!
I don buy or make processed foods much. 
Not because it seems to be a trend. 
I'm just that way.
But I looked up Kraft Mexican dinner on their website,
and I am not sure they make it anymore!
So when I make this I will probably just buy a box of good ole
Kraft Macaroni and cheese
and then make it as posted here. 
Oh - and the 20 gold stars for Gebhardts Tamales?
What can I say - it was in June's recipe box! 
And I like the art.
And Gebhardts!
Let me know if ya'll stumble upon any Kraft mexican dinners!
Pretty Please!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Spring into Easter with Cheese Bunnies

Cheese Bunnies.   Easter falls on a late date this year. 
If your kids or grandkids are driving you hopping crazy (sorry...couldn't resist!) 
settle them down with cheese bunnies! 
But for the life of me, I can't figure out why they are called bunnies -
unless it because they are round (the bun) with a little white tail (the egg). 
But I can't keep myself from wondering - where are the bunny's ears? 
Or his head for that matter! 
The more I thnk about the more it worries me. 
All different scenarios flash before my eyes...
and as I hum in my head
"Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin down the bunny trail..."
it quickly becomes
"little rabbit FuFu, I don't wanna see you,
scoopin up the field mice and boppin them on the head!" 
Oh my.
SO - in order to save questions from inquiring 4 year olds,
and so that I can sleep at night without worrying about the bunny...
Here is an addendum to the Cheese Bunnie Recipe:
After cooking the recipe as per the instructions above,
serve the bunnie onto the plate,
take the part of the bun that you cut out with the cookie cutter,
(you may want to toast that part as well)
and place it above the bigger bun with the egg.
The bunny now has a head!
Just remember you are looking at the backside of Mr. Bunny.
"But what about the ears?" says your inner 4-year old voice.
You have options here.
Either cut off a piece of bread in ear shapes from the bunny head,
(Oh no - I am hearing little rabbit FuFu again!)
and place above the head for ears, or slice a piece of fruit -
 banana, apple, or what have you,
and place above the head.
Just make sure you give it a nice bunny ear shape.
You want your bunny to have ears he'd be proud of, don't you?
I am back to humming "Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin down the bunny trail,
hippity hoppity, Easter's on it's way....!"
I can picture June Vissotzky making this for her 2 children when they were little, can't you?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

English Muffins

Oh do you know the muffin man,
the muffin man, the muffin man?
Who didn't sing this nursery song while growing up? 
I'm not sure who Mary H. was - one of June Parker Vissotzky's
many good friends. I have an idea who it was...but
can't ever know for sure since all that was written
was Mary H's cookbook.
I made English Muffins once. 
once being the keyword.
They made great dog frisbee treats, and flung really well off the deck!.
Let's just leave it at that, shall we?
My Dad always enjoyed a good English Muffin.
They were a real treat for breakfast on the weekends.
He also really enjoyed breakfast. 
I would have liked to make English Muffins for him.
Good English Muffins. 
Not the dog frisbee kind.
Maybe I should try again
using June's recipe from Mary H's cookbook!
I hear the muffin man calling me.....

Monday, April 4, 2011

One Lovely Blog Award!

I was honored to be presented the "One Lovely Blog Award: by both Lori at of  Genealogy and Me and Judy at UK-Australia Genealogy.  (Nice to be offered from across the ocean, Judy!)  I am so glad you all are enjoying my blog.  Along with the award comes the following responsibilities:

1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who granted the award and    their blog link.
2. Pass the award on to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.
3. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

I have chosen the following 15 blogs...If you haven't already discovered them, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Flint Hills of Kansas
Why? Because this is a very informative blog on an area near and dear to my heart.  I used to live in this neck of the woods.  The Leaches, Reaughs, and Crouses lived here on my side, and my husband has the Andress's who still live in the Alta Vista area.  Thanks Dr. Bill!  Your blog brings back many fine memories!

Stiffs and Stones Over Thy Dead Body
What can I say...I love the name! I also can relate with Jennifer's passion for traipsing around cemetaries with a camera! 

Barking Up Our Family Tree
I can relate with her drive to push on with genealogy after her mother died....When my Dad passed away he was the last link on his side of the tree...

Nick Gombash's Genealogy Blog
Nick is young, but he writes a good blog on Hungarian genealogy!  What...nno Hungarian roots...weeell, he's not too bad at German genealogy either...and who can resist a fellow gardener?

The Lost Fort
Gabriele lives in Germany and has a WONDERFUL blog chock full about life and times in the middle ages in Europe.  Fascinating!

Kentucky in My Heart
What a witty blogger!...altho this should be no surprise since she also writes the Diary of a Mad Genealogist it!!!

Two Bubbles Off Center
Oh she's good!   Harold's Daughter already has the One Lovely Blog Award...but what the hey!   Her blog is how I think I would like to write about my ancestors some day.  Love her use of pictures to make it all more real! 

American Pomeroy Historic Genealogic Association
What can I say?  I have some Pomeroys up my tree....!

Ancestral Wormhole
OMG - I need to copy over ALL my VHS!  like - YESTERDAY! Just enough tech info to appease the geek in me, combined with  genealogy. Thank you!

Haplogroup H
Because I am still trying to wrap my mind around DNA -speak!  FINALLY!  Somebody is here to help me make heads and tails of it!

Genealogy Guide Poland
My husband is Polish, and My Mom was born in what is now Poland.  How can I not recommend them for the One Lovely Blog Award?  I would love to go on one of their tours someday....

Al's Polish American Genealogy Research
WOW! Al packs a ton of info into his blog....It's like opening presents at Christmas!

Illinois Genealogical Society
The Kansas side of the Leaches and Reaughs settled there from Illinois in 1876. It was Illinois' strong presense on the web that helped me break through my first brick walls.  Thank you for that!

Mckinney, Texas Public Library Genealogy Blog
What a gem of a blog!  I went here not sure what to expect.  My husband's ancestors had an historic home in McKinney - The John Faires home is at the Chestnut Square Historical Village and is the oldest still standing home in McKinney. But more than that, this blog is great at keeping you in the loop of what is out there to help us check our genealogical sources! 

Prince William County Virginia Genealogy Cool!  If I am not mistaken, I need to pour through this blog.  Now that I have found out that my family has been in America since dirt...some came through Prince William County, VA.  Lots of enticing tidbits to be found here! 

So there you have it folks!  My 15 blog choices for the One Lovely Blog Award.  What a brilliant brainstorm someone had when they developed the One Lovely Blog Award concept.  GREAT Marketing!  Now go forth and Blog!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Pineapple Icebox Dessert with Vanilla Wafers

Opal Faires Troop never had any kids. 
My husband and sister-in-law remember her as being very set in her ways
and always having to be on best behavior when they went to visit her in Oklahoma City.
Maybe it's because I met her as an adult. 
Or maybe it's because she was always nice to me and loved
holding my son when he was a baby.
But I liked Opal.
I liked Opal alot.
And I miss her now that she is gone. 
Which is why it is especially nice to have her recipe. 
It's the kind of recipe you could take to a potluck and never get a chance
to try it unless you were in the front of the line.
I doubt you'd have even have a crumb to bring back. 
Especially on a hot summer day.
It will be here soon enough!  
But until it is...make your family some of Opal's Pineapple Icebox Dessert
and make your plans for warmer weather!  

Friday, April 1, 2011

Family Recipe Friday: Easy Cheesy Pizza Sandwiches

AT LAST!!!  It's Friday!!!
AND April Fool's Day!
And I can't think of one thing to do for a prank.
It has just been one of THOSE kind of weeks! 
So instead of a prank - here's an easy cheesy dinner that everyone should like! 
When I make this, I usually use colby jack cheese
instead of processed cheese...
nothing personal, I just don't usually buy that stuff.
Probably because of the word "processed" in front of it.
I have been known to devour it when served as a hot dip with chips however.
I do break my standards every once in a while. :)
So here you go. 
Processed cheese or otherwise...
Pizza sandwiches can fit the bill for an easy cheesy lunch or dinner!
And I bet that is why it was in June's recipe box!!! 
She liked to fix fancy sandwiches for her folks!
Happy Friday and April Fool's Day everyone! 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Peach Cobbler from Laura McLeod

Maybe because it is the end of March and feels like the end of January here in the South....
and I am hankering for a little bit warmer weather right now.
Or maybe because we enjoyed cobbler earlier this month
at the Booth Western Art Museum's Dutch Oven Cookoff...
I had to post this recipe for Peach Cobbler!
Or maybe it's just because I love Peach cobbler!
It brings to mind big drippy fresh peaches from Charlie, Texas, 
Don't blink as you go through Charlie.
You may miss both the town and the peaches. 
They are the best peaches I have ever had. 
And I live in the Peach State! 
That should tell you how good Charlie Texas peaches are!
All us kids would pile into the car and Mom would drive us to go pick peaches.
We'd come home full of peaches.
Both our stomachs as well as the paper bags in the back of the station wagon were full!
Mom would make peach preserves...
if the fresh peaches weren't devoured first!
I think I'll make some peach cobbler this weekend !

Monday, March 28, 2011

Good Barbeque BBQ Sauce

I think when this was copied from a friend of June Vissotzky's
that she meant to cook
the venison, ribs, etc in the good BBQ sauce
for 2 hrs slowly...not to cook the BBQ sauce itself for 2 hours.
You'd be left with no sauce to cook with!
And then it couldn't be called Good BBQ Sauce. 
We'd have to call it Burned BBQ Sauce.
And no one would read my blog,
much less want to eat anything with the sauce!
And then everyone would be hungry.
And cranky...
which is NEVER a good thing! 
Best to stick with Good BBQ Sauce and make everybody happy!
Speaking of making everybody happy...
this would be a Good BBQ Sauce to make a batch of, put in a Mason jar
tie a bow on it, stick a wooden spoon on the side of the bow, and give for a gift!
School will be ending soon,
and I bet most teachers would be happy to have
Good BBQ Sauce for an end-of-year appreciation gift!
June Parker Vissotzky and her fellow teachers
at Stephenville High School would have been more than pleased!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Organic Lawn & Garden Fertilizer

Organic Lawn & Garden Fertilizer
1 can beer
1 cup liquid dish soap
1 cup lemon scented ammonia
1 can Coke or Pepsi or soda
1 cup liquid fertilizer (like Miracle gro etc)
1/2 or 1 cup listerine - regular or mint
Put in 2 liter bottle and spray every 3 weeks.
(You can also make a "tea" using chewing tobacco...
great for keeping those bugs at bay! )
I am going to try this again this year -
I used it years ago.
My lawn was happy...
My flowers were happy...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

McCall's How to make basic crepes perfectly

June Parker Vissotzky was a recipe collector extraordinaire!
After she passed away, we found recipes EVERYWHERE!
In books.
In pockets.
In envelopes.
In drawers.
In her car.
In purses.
In her bathroom drawers.
In her closet.
And of course, in her kitchen!
It was really overwhelming!
She loved to make things for her family and friends.
I think she would have liked this blog.
Now go forth and make some perfect crepes! 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hello Dolly! Chocolate Chip Seven Layer Kitchen Sink Bar Cookies

After yesterday's dump cake kind of a day,
I thought these decadent bars would be appropriate. 
Today is another day!
Plus they are SO easy!
Sweeten the rest of your week with these babies!
 Your family, friends, and co-workers will love you for it.
I think this is one of June's recipes. 
She had beautiful hand-writiing!
I would say it is because she was an artist...
but I have an art degree and MY handwriting is
nothing to write home about, especially as I get older :D
June liked to make dessert part of every evening meal.
I imagine this was one that was easy to make in a hurry,
either for dinner or to take to school or church.
We should all take a little more time to sweeten our days!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Dump Cake for a manic Monday

Dump Cake.
That just about says it all. 
Posted on a Monday after a full moon. 
Not just ANY full moon. 
The Perigree Moon!
The brightest and fullest full moon since 1993.
THAT just about says it all right there in a nutshell.
It has been one of THOSE Mondays.  One big humungous dump cake!
I think I could eat an entire dump cake myself! 
Except for one thing...
2 cubes of oleo.
(oops, that is TWO things! Told you it has been one of those days!)
I am assuming June Vissotzky meant 2 TB of margarine -
although I prefer to use butter.
It's more natural!
(or maybe I have just listened to my mother and Mrs. Deen too much!)
Regardless what kind of Monday YOU have had,
this makes an EXCELLENT and EASY cake -
Just whatever you do DON'T STIR IT TOGETHER!
I am not speaking from experience or anything... lol!
I wonder if June ever felt like her day was one big dump cake?
She was an art teacher in Stephenville, TX and
well-loved for her infectious laugh and sense of humor.
May YOUR day end as sweetly as this dump cake!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sentimental Sundays - Orange Mint Drink Wedding Punch

I have no idea how old this recipe is. 
At least as old as Canada Dry Ginger Ale, which according to Wikipedia was created in 1904.
I DO know that this is the same punch recipe that
Bernice Faires Parker used at her daughter's wedding.
(Wilma June Parker to Henry Vissotzky). 
It was also used at her granddaughters weddings.
It may have even been used at Bernice's wedding to
Harvey Kenneth Parker in the 1920s...
which would mean that this recipe really is from Bernice's Mom,
 Birdie Belle Neighbors. 
Although that is somewhat presumptious,
because it could just as well have come from Harvey's mom,
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Andress, for their wedding.
I used it at my son's Boy Scout Eagle Award ceremony. 
Whenever he gets married, it will most likely be HIS wedding punch.
Bernice used to always make it for us when we would go visit her in Texas.
Let me tell you, there is nothing like it on a hot Texas day!
Not even sweet tea.
It's all about tradition!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Nut Apricot Bars from Lavinia Lohrmann, Stephenville, Texas

Yesterday I gave you Hamburger Dip for March Madness games...
today I give you Nut Apricot Bars! 
If you have any room left after pigging out on the the Hamburger dip,
you might want to have these ready! 
I am going to make these soon to send up to my son in college...
I never knew Lavinia Lohrmann, but she must have been quite a character.
She was a good friend of my mother-in-law, and my husband was good friends with a son of hers.
(That was long before I entered the scene!)
If I remember correctly, she served as mayor of
Stephenville, Texas (Erath County),
was a founding member of Faith Lutheran Church in Stephenville,
and owned a ranch, among several other endeavours. 
Stephenville is creating a Memorial Nature Trail in her honor. 
She must have been quite the cook as well,
because she has several recipes in my
Faith Lutheran Church cookbook from Stephenville. 
I just love community cookbooks, don't you?
What is your favorite community cookbook?

Friday, March 18, 2011

March Madness Hamburger Dip for Chips

Because it's the end of what has been a looong week, I am sneaking this one in.
It's not from "the recipe box".
In fact, it's not even old!
But it is so good, I had to share it with you.
It is from a friend from work.  We always asked her to make it for our birthday potlucks.
It is THAT good!
It would be perfect to make and eat while you are having a "March Madness" get together.
A word of caution:  it will be gone before you know it.
The well as March Madness!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pineapple Turnovers Jiffy Dish

Pineapples bring to mind warm tropical breezes while we lived on Oahu in Hawaii. 
Close your eyes.
Can't you feel it?
There, don't you feel better now?
I do! 
All the times I have eaten pineapple, I realized I didn't know much about their nutritional value.
Except that they were good for slowing down inflammation and also aided in digestion.
Here's a link for you:
All you ever needed to know about pineapples!
Thank you Christopher Columbus, for introducing them to us!
And now for those turnovers!  These sound delicious!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Broken Glass Jello & Graham Cracker Dessert from Mrs. Potter in Illinois

Broken Glass Jell-O dessert! 
It is a gray day here in the south...and I need this recipe. 
 When you slice it it looks like broken stained glass...or a cathedral window. 
Which leads me back to the gray day.  I need this recipe because of the name! 
 I can close my eyes and imagine I am in front of a beautiful stained glass cathedral window,
being warmed by the filtered sunlight streaming through. 
It's a long shot, I know, but that is what I think of when I think of stained glass. 
It leads me back to a visit in Germany -
My 8 year old son and I 
stepped into church with the most beautiful cathedral windows. 
Timing is everything,
because it also happened to be the practice time for the organist. 
My young son and I sat down,
with the warm colored light playing down upon us,
and listened to some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard. 
How can one not feel closer to your maker, no matter your religion, when in a setting such as that? 
Which is why I must make this recipe, to remind me of special times! 
Bless Mrs. Potter from Illinois, for bringing it to whatever function
Bernice Parker attended.
I think I will save it for Easter..
stay tuned for added photos to this post! 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Dream Whip Icing

Because it's my resident-tomato-hater-hubby's birthday tomorrow,
I thought Dream Whip Icing
would be an appropriate recipe card to pull from the box and post today.
I don't know if this is the same icing that was made green every year for his cake.
But it sounds deliciously light.
And totally dreamy!
Really I am.
It has been a long Monday! 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Fried Navajo Indian Bread from Mrs. Robert Pacheco (like Sopapillas)

First, let me start by saying that we are talking about American Indian Fry Bread...not the flatbread variety!
We had Fried Indian Bread when we traveled to the Southwest last summer.
I had had some before that. 
I make some for my resident tomato hater hubby to take along on hunting trips.
But they are NOTHING like the Indian Fry Bread we had last summer! 
 Unfortunately I have no clue what paper this is from, which makes it hard to give any credit, where credit is due.  Maybe the Alberquerque, New Mexico paper?  June Vissotzky and her crew lived there for a short while.  It would make sense!  This clipping is a little hard to read,
so here is the typed recipe. I'll post some pictures later after I make this recipe! 
Mrs. Robert Pacheco, whoever you are, wherever you are, THANK YOU!!!!
 4 cups unsifted flour
1 teasoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 cup lukewarm water
Mix dry ingredients thoroughly. 
Add water and knead throughly. 
Cover and let stand 10 minutes.
Roll dough into balls about 2 inches in diameter and roll out flat with a rolling pin into a circle.
Cut two slashes in the center of the circle and ease it gently in to the hot grease in a frying pan.
Fry the dough until both sides are browned.
Serve with salt
(my note - also delicious with honey, or sugar and cinnamon!  Enter the danger zone at your own risk!!!)
Makes 10-12 servings. 

Calendars, Advertising, Rexall Multivitamins, Alaska, and Robert E. Lee

This gem was on the backside of one of June Vissotzky's recipes.
I couldn't help myself! I HAD to scan it in!
Especially when I read about the Rexall Children's multi-vitamins having
liver concentrate and iron.
You don't hear about those two ingredients anymore in children's vitamins...
much less adult vitamins.
Maybe we need to go back to those ingredients...
You didn't hear about as many ear infections back then, that is for sure! 
This corner of the calendar was from January -
because January 19 is Gen. Robert. E. Lee's birthday.
Now there is a gentleman -
would be fascinating to look up his genealogy and how it was done!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Vissotzky Roasted Peanuts

Why buy the "little peanut man" peanuts when you can roast your own,
and flavor them to your own liking?
I'm just sayin'!
Nothing against little peanut characters, mind you!
I wouldn't want them to rise up against me!
Just be sure to note that you are to leave the peanuts in an UNLIGHTED oven...
maybe they are afraid of the light? 

Meet Mrs. Clyde Stuart and her Pecan Pie from Fayetteville (NC, GA,??)

This sounds ALMOST like my "never going to try another pecan pie recipe in my life" recipe.
Maybe I'll try this one.
But that's just to see if it is as wonderful as my stand-by recipe for pecan pie.
I just wanted you to know that.

Banana Bread

Forgive me while  I drool.
I can't believe I have no bananas in the house! 
I MUST get some.....

Ancestors Gotta Eat!