Tuesday, December 06, 2005


Hello Friends !

Another fascinating fact about early home making:
Years ago, when refrigeration was a luxury,
meats and vegetables that were
starting to go bad or spoil were often used in stews.
Here is a recipe of one of those stews they would 'throw together' ,
there are no accurate measurements,
it doesn't sound appealing to me
needless to say,
I have never made it.

I have noticed that in old time recipes, no specific temperature is originally listed, they simply call for a "hot oven" There was no real way to give an exact degree, every wood stove burned differently.
The cook in the house knew exactly Where, to put What, on her stove and in her oven or fireplace, to get the best results. I feel that any one who has an original or even copy of an old handwritten recipe is very lucky. There were not a lot of cooks who had the time to write them down.
When you have a soup or stew for supper, you simply MUST have a bread for 'soppin'.
I have an old soppin' favorite,
Kentucky Corn Pone.
Of Course we can not forget dessert !!
Orange Slice Cake
(this was a favorite for Christmas Morning)

Hope you are having a Happy Holiday Season.
~Bluegrass Gardener


2 lbs ground beef (cooked)
1 lb ground pork (cooked)
1 small cooked chicken, chopped up
3-4 diced potatoes
1 pint kernal corn
1 cup lima beans
2-3 diced carrots
2-3 chopped onions
1 pint tomatoes or tomato juice
some catsup
some chili powder
some black and red pepper
some worcestershire sauce

MIX everything together and simmer for a long long time.
veggies can be either raw or canned.
After mixing and simmering you may can the stew put it in mason jars anc place them in a boiling water bath for 1 1/2 hours.



1 pint corn meal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon lard

mix together meal, powder and salt, cut in lard,
and add enough milk to make a stiff batter.
Form into pones with hands
or add some milk until they drop from the end of a spoon.
place in greased pan
bake in hot oven for about half an hour



1 C butter
2 C sugar
1 box dates
2 C chopped nuts
1 tsp soda dissolved in
1/2 cup buttermilk
4 eggs
3 1/2 C flour
1 box or can flaked coconut
1 pkg orange slice candy

*The above is all that was written
so I am not sure how to list
the cooking instructions.

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