Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Saucer Magnolia - I'm looking forward to Spring

Saucer Magnolia

The Saucer Magnolia is one of my all time favorite Magnolias. This time of year my thoughts begin to turn towards Spring and the first blooms I anxiously anticipate are the blooms of the Magnolia. The Saucer Magnolia gets its name from the large size and shape of its beautiful saucer-shaped bloom. If you have never seen a magnolia in bloom or caught the magnificent fragrance of these Southern beauties, you simply must make plans for Spring 2007 !!!
Now that the hustle and bustle of Christmas is over, it is time to start looking forward to seeing all of your favorite trees and flowers in bloom !!!
There is no better to chase away the Winter blues, than to grab a cup of hot cocoa or a cuppa coffee and start browsing the net to help you make plans for your Spring and Summer garden.



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Monday, December 25, 2006

Old Fashioned Kentucky Crumb Cake Recipe

Old Fashioned Kentucky Crumb
Cake Recipe


2 Cups Brown sugar
3 Cups plain flour
1/2 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Lard
1 Cup Sour Cream
1 & 1/2 tsp. Soda
3 Eggs
1 Cup Raisins
1 tsp. Allspice
1 tsp. Cocoa

In a large bowl, mix together with hands:
brown sugar, flour, butter and lard.
*Reserve 1 cup for topping layer.
Add to the bowl with the brown sugar mixture:
sour cream, soda, eggs, raisins, allspice and cocoa.

Pour into greased 9 x 13 pan.
Crumble the reserved cup of topping over the cake.

Bake at 350° for 45- 50 minutes.




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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Kentucky Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

Kentucky Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

preheat oven to 350 degrees
1 box Butter Cake mix
1 Egg
1 stick margarine
1 box Powdered Sugar
8 oz. Cream Cheese
2 Eggs

In medium bowl, mix cake mix, 1 egg and margarine together
Press mixture in bottom of greased 13 x 9 pan to make a bottom layer.
Mix powdered sugar, cream cheese and 2 eggs together.
Pour over bottom layer

Bake for 45 minutes.

~Merry Christmas Eve


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Friday, December 22, 2006

Kentucky Christmas Caramel Crunchies Recipe

great for Christmas...

KENTUCKY CARAMEL CRUNCHIES RECIPE


24 squares Graham crackers
1/2 c. party peanuts, chopped
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
36 caramels
2 Tablespoons Milk
*optional last layer - 1 cup + of mini marshmallows

Place graham crackers in single layer on well-greased large cookie sheet.
Evenly sprinkle peanuts and chocolate chips over grahams.
Microwave caramels and milk in a small bowl, for about 1 to 1 and 1-1/2 minutes; stirring every 30 seconds or so, until the caramels will pour easily.
Evenly drizzle caramel mixture over peanuts and choc chip layer.

Bake at 350 F for 10 minutes.

*optional layer of mini-marshmallows:
If you would like to add marshmallows prepare as directed above; except bake at 350 for only 8 minutes, sprinkle on the marshmallows and bake an additional 2 minutes, just until marshmallows just begin to puff.

Cool completely.
Cut or break apart into squares.
Store in airtight container.

Makes appoximately 24 squares.


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Monday, December 18, 2006

Kentucky Bourbon Tarts & Cream Cheese Pastry Recipes

Kentucky Bourbon Tarts &
Cream Cheese Pastry Recipes


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Cream cheese pastry recipe

1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch salt
1/2 cup softened margarine
1 pkg (3 ounces) Cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons sugar

In small bowl, combine flour baking powder and salt.
In large bowl mix margarine, cream cheese and sugar until well combined. Stir in flour mixture until well blended.
Using your hands, Press dough firmly into balls.

Just to make it easier to work with, divide dough in half.
Each half makes 12 tarts.
On floured surface, roll out pastry to 1/8 inch thick
*If needed, add small amount of flour to keep pastry from sticking.
Cut into 12 -2 1/4 inch rounds
Press rounds evenly into bottoms and up the side using a
mini muffin pan. (1 and 3/4 inch)
Repeat with other half of pastry dough.
Refrigerate.


Tart Filling:
2 eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup Karo light or dark corn syrup
2 Tbls Kentucky bourbon
1 Tbls margarine, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans
Powdered sugar

In medium bowl beat eggs slightly.
Stir in granulated sugar, corn syrup, bourbon, margarine
and vanilla until well blended.
Spoon 1 heaping teaspoon of pecans into each pastry lined cup
top with 1 tablespoon of the corn syrup mixture.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned.

Let cool in pan five minutes.
Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar when cool.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Kentucky Corn Casserole Recipe

Kentucky Corn Casserole Recipe
pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

1 stick butter
1 8 oz package cream cheese
3 16 ounce cans corn, drained
1 4 oz can chopped green chilies
1 1/2 cups crushed cracker crumbs
salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in large saucepan and stir in cream cheese.
Stir until cream cheese melts.
Add corn and chilies
1/4 tsp of each : salt and pepper

Mix well and pour into greased a baking dish.
Sprinkle cracker crumbs over casserole.
Place in pre-heated oven and bake for 25 minutes.


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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Original Kentucky Buttermilk Pie Recipe

Original Kentucky Buttermilk Pie Recipe

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup buttermilk
3 Tbs flour
dash of nutmeg

In a large mixing bowl;
Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
Add eggs and flour.
Fold in buttermilk and nutmeg.

Pour in an uncooked pie shell
Old Fashioned Pie Shell Recipe

Bake in a moderate oven for approximately 45 minutes or until a knife, when inserted in your pie, comes out clean.
(350-375 degrees)




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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Variegated Weigela

Variegated Weigela



The Variegated Weigela has very pronounced variegated leaves which make this shrub a star, in and of itself. But the magic begins when this colorful shrub comes into bloom. Attracting butterflies and hummingbirds alike, the funnel-like white and pink flowers bloom profusely for weeks on end in Spring. Reblooms sparingly later in the summer season.

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

TASTY KENTUCKY TURNOVER RECIPE

KENTUCKY TURNOVER RECIPE

There are many many recipes for home made turnovers, popovers and similar regional treats floating around. You may decide to use a specific type of flour or refrigerator dough or a yeast dough or maybe a secret dough ingredient passed down in your family.
One of my favorite quick turnover ideas.
Use cresent roll dough and a jar of your favorite jam or preserves...


Today, I wanted to share an easy and tasty favorite for a quick cream cheese turnover dough.


TASTY KENTUCKY TURNOVER RECIPE

Preheat oven to 375 F

1/4 lb. cream cheese
1/4 lb. butter
1 cup flour
Your favorite filling

Filling suggestions:

Apple Pie Filling
Blueberry Pie Filling
Lemon Pie Filling
Lemon Curd
Peach Jam or Preserves
Rasberry Jam or Preserves
Red Raspberry Jam or Preserves
Strawberry Jam or Preserves
Crushed Pineapple

Cream the cheese and butter together well.
Stir in flour amounts until batter mixes to a smooth dough.
Chill finished dough for at least 45 minutes before rolling out.

Roll out dough on a surface which has been lightly dusted with flour.
Roll out thin and cut into rounds using a biscuit cutter.

Place small portions of your favorite filling in the center of each circle.You can mix and match fillings if you like.
For example make half a batch with apple and the other half with peach.

Turn over your turnovers and crimp together the edges with a fork, sealing well.
Make several small slits in the top of the dough to allow steam to escape.
*You can put 2 slits in the apple ones and 3 in the peach ones so you can tell them apart.
:)
Bake just until light brown.

Other Options:
Brush your turnover with a glaze just before baking to add some shine.
Simple Pastry Glaze:
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons water
mix well


After Baking:
Sprinkle turnovers with cinnamon / a sugar & cinnamon /or a cinnamon & splenda mixture.
Sprinkle turnovers with a little powdered sugar.

These turnovers are great with a cup of coffee for breakfast or as a dessert at the end of a special meal. Any type of simple dessert can be dressed up.

For a special dessert idea - place 1 or 2 turnovers on a pretty plate, drizzle with a small amount of honey or a white powdered sugar glaze and a spring of mint.
If you use blackberry preserves, place a few blackberrys on the plate.
Using apple pie filling, use a few slices of apple.
Strawberry filling, accent the plate with one or 2 strawberries.
:)

Use your imagination.



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Friday, October 27, 2006

Old Fashioned Amish Potato Salad Recipe

Old Fashioned Amish Potato Salad Recipe
courtesy: Mrs. B

Mix together in an extra large bowl:

12 Cups cooked diced potatoes
1 - 2 medium onions, diced
12 cooked eggs, shelled & diced
1 1/2 Cups celery, chopped fine
1 Cup shredded carrots
1 can navy beans

Dressing ingredients:

3 Cups salad dressing or mayo
3 Tbl prepared mustard
1/4 Cup vinegar
2 1/2 Cups sugar
4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk


Blend dressing ingredients.
Mix with potato mixture.
Blend well.

Makes app~ 3 quarts



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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Kentucky Lyonnaise Potato Recipe

Kentucky Lyonnaise Potatoes
recipe courtesy:kentucky cook

3-4 Cooked Baked potatoes, peeled
enough bacon grease for frying
1 large onion, peeled and sliced evenly
salt
white pepper

Prepare potatoes, slice longways and then again in 1/8 inch slices
or slice lengthwise in 1/8 inch slices.
Preheat iron skillet with bacon grease.
Place potatoes and onions in skillet.
Lightly salt potatoes.

Make sure you turn each potato slice, stirring often.

Continue cooking until potatoes are evenly browned and onions are carmelized.
Sprinkle with salt and white pepper.


*variations:
Mix or match :)
~Slice cooked potatoes any way you like.
~Prepare potatoes using butter instead of bacon grease.
~Add a tsp of minced garlic with the onions.
~Sprinkle a little parsley over potatoes, just before serving.
~Sprinkle a little paprika over potatoes just before serving.
~Serve with a side / or dollup of sour creme.


This variation of the Lyonnaise potato recipe is called Kentucky Lyonnaise because I prepare them using an iron skillet and fresh, strained bacon grease instead of the traditional butter called for in the original recipe. The recipe originated from the region around Lyon, France aka the Lyonnais Region in France. The recipe secret is to use already baked potatoes.
~kentucky cook


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Friday, October 06, 2006

Kentucky Rhubarb Crunch Recipe

Kentucky Rhubarb Crunch Recipe

Mix the following until crumbly:
1 C flour
3/4 C oatmeal
1 C packed brown sugar
1/2 C melted butter
1 tsp cinnamon

Press half of crumbs in a greased 9" pan.
Cover with 4 Cups diced rhubarb.

Combine the following in a saucepan.
1 C sugar
1 C water
2 Tbl cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla

cook until thick and clear.
Pour over rhubarb layer.
Top with remaining crumb mixture.

Bake at 350 for 1 hour.



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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Old Fashioned Fruit Vinegar Recipe -undated


Old Fashioned Fruit Vinegar Recipe


1 quart of fruit
raspberries or strawberries or black currants, etc...
1 quart of cider vinegar

Crush the Fruit well.
Bring the measured vinegar to 'just' boiling in a stainless steel or enameled pot.
Turn off the heat and add your fruit.

Cover and let stand at room temperature for 2 days.*
After 2 days,
Strain mixture.
Pour into a clean, dry jar or bottle and cap tightly.
Store properly.




*Remember many of these old recipe instructions do not meet todays food safety standards. Be sure and check with your local extension office for the latest information concerning food safety.
The only date of the origins for this recipe is pre civil war.


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Saturday, September 09, 2006

Cold Biscuits late 1800's early 1900's Recipe

COLD LUNCH BISCUITS RECIPE
from late 1800's early 1900's

1 pt. milk
3/4 c. lard (shortening)
1 tsp white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
Enough flour to make stiff dough


Mix all ingredients well, adding enough flour last-enough to make a good dough.
Knead well.
Mold into small biscuits with your hands.
Bake at 350 degrees until they brown, abt 20 minutes


Biscuits will keep for several weeks in tight container.
Good to have for lunch, when its hot also for packing
in lunch buckets / lunch pails.


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Amish Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Amish Pumpkin Bread
courtesy: Mrs Mast


2/3 C lard
2 2/3 C sugar
2 C pumpkin
2/3 C water
3 1/3 C flour
2 tsp soda
2/3 C raisins
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
2/3 C nuts
4 eggs


Cream lard and sugar until fluffy.
Add remaining ingredients and pour into pans.
Bake at 350 for 70 minutes or until done
Makes 2 loaves.


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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

KENTUCKY POORMANS CAKE

KENTUCKY POORMANS CAKE
recipe courtesy:Sandy

1 1/2 cups raisins
1 cup cold water
1/2 cup cold water
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsps baking soda
2 Tablespoons hot water
2 cups sifted regular flour

In a heavy saucepan, bring raisins and 1 cup water to a boil.
Reduce heat to low and continue cooking 10 minutes longer.

Cream shortening and sugar.
Stir in cooked raisins, 1/2 cup water, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt,
and baking soda dissolved in hot water.
Beat in flour.
Pour batter into greased and floured 9 x 13 x 2-inch pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.


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Monday, September 04, 2006

ORIGINAL KENTUCKY PEANUT BALLS RECIPE

ORIGINAL KENTUCKY PEANUT BALLS RECIPE
courtesy:
Old Louisville Cookbook


Take 1 pint of peanuts and chop tolerably fine.
Have white of 1 egg, well frothed,
combine with the egg and shape into balls.

Place on greased paper in pan
and set in oven a few minutes to brown.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Pecans or English walnuts may
be substituted for peanuts.



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Sunday, August 27, 2006

CIVIL WAR IDIOT'S DELIGHT RECIPE

This recipe was popular right after the Civil war, because it used only a few, very inexpensive and easy to obtain ingredients. After the civil war, many ingredients were hard to come by as many small shops, grocers, farms were destroyed. Not to mention the many owners and workers that were killed in the war.

This recipe is guaranteed fool proof so it was called Idiots Delight, at that time because the recipe was so easy:
"Even an idiot can make it."



CIVIL WAR IDIOT'S DELIGHT RECIPE

1 c. brown sugar
1 c. raisins
1 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
4 c. water

7 tbsp. butter
1/2 c. white sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. milk
1 c. flour

Boil together the first 5 ingredients.

Make a batter of the second 5 ingredients.
Drop the batter in a greased pan by spoonfuls.
Pour first mixture over it and bake in a moderate oven until golden brown.



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Saturday, August 26, 2006

PRE CIVIL WAR SOUR MILK BISCUIT RECIPE

PRE CIVIL WAR SOUR MILK BISCUIT RECIPE
original author unknown

1 quart flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon soda
1 pint sour milk
Lard

Sift flour with salt and soda.
Shorten with lard, size of a "banty" egg.
Add milk.
Roll out and cut into biscuit size
place on ungreased pan
cook till done in
medium heat

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Friday, August 25, 2006

Sweet Pickles by the Pint Recipe

Sweet Pickles by the Pint Recipe
by: kentucky cook

2 medium cucumbers, sliced thin (or 1 med-lge cuke)
2 small onions, sliced thin (or 1 med vidalia )
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
1 tsp pickling salt
1 tsp mixed pickling spices

Put all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl
cook uncovered on high for 3-4 min.
Stir well.
Cook 1 - 1 1/2 more minutes, just until bubbly.
Put in pint jar with ring and lid.
Refrigerate when cool.


Quick and easy and extemely GOOD taste !!!


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Thursday, August 24, 2006

OLD FASHIONED APPALACHIAN CHEESE SOUFFLE RECIPE

OLD FASHIONED APPALACHIAN
CHEESE SOUFFLE RECIPE


3 eggs, separated
3/4 cup grated cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Beat egg whites with electric mixer until peaks are formed.
Set aside.
Mix together grated cheese and egg yolks.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Fold the whites into the egg mixture.
Pour into a buttered baking dish and set the
dish in a pan of cold water to keep the
milk and egg mixture from burning.

Place in preheated 350 degree oven.
Bake for 15 minutes.


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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Icicle Pickles Recipe from 1800's

Icicle Pickles
Pickle Recipe from the 1800's


2 gallons cucumbers
3 gallons boiling water, {separated}
1 pint salt
2 Tablespoons Alum
5 Cups vineger
2 1/2 cups water
1/3 of small box of whole pickling spice
7 pints sugar

Cut cucumbers lengthwise and pack into a crock or large jar
Pour 1 gal of boiling water over them,
then pour 1 pt of salt over that,
then pour in 1 more gal of boiling water over all.

Let stand for 24 hours then drain.

Mix alum to 1 gallon boiling water, pour over the cucumbers,
let stand for 24 more hours then drain.

In a saucepan, mix vinegar, {2 1/2 cups} water, pickling spices and sugar bring them to a boil and pour over the cucumbers and let that stand for 24 hours.

Drain off the liquid {placing it back into saucepan} and bring it back to a boil and pour over cucumbers again and let stand 24 hours.

Drain off liquid again, bringing it back to a boil,
pack cucumbers in jars and pour hot liquid over cucumbers, capping lids and sealing. this should make 12 pints.





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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Canned Chow Chow - Old Recipe

Canned Chow Chow -
Old Recipe



CHOW CHOW

4 cups cabbage
4 cups bell pepper
4 cups onions
4 cups green tomatoes

6 cups sugar
1 tsp. celery seed
1 1/2 tsp. turmeric
2 tbsp. mustard seed
4 c. vinegar
2 c. water

Grind first 4 ingredients and soak in one cup of salt overnight.
Rinse with cool water the next morning.
Squeeze all water from the ground vegetables.

Mix last 6 ingredients with the vegetables.
Cook about 5 minutes.
Pour into jars and seal.



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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

PEACH MUFFIN RECIPE

PEACH MUFFIN RECIPE

4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
4 1/2 tsps baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/4 cups milk
2 peaches, peeled and diced


Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, sugar,
brown sugar, and spices.
Slowly add the eggs, oil, and milk.
Mix well.
Stir in the diced peaches right before filling muffin tins.
Fill greased muffin tins 1/2 full.

Bake in a preheated 400° oven
25-30 minutes.

Makes from 1 1/2 to 2 dozen muffins depending on how full you fill your tin.



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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Tomato Conserve Recipe from 1917

Tomato Conserve Recipe from 1917

8 - 9 lbs of Ripe tomatoes
5 pounds reg Sugar
4 Lemons

Wash & Peel all 9 lbs of tomatoes.
press them or cut up into chunks, throwing seeds
and as much as possible of the juice away.

To about 7 lbs of the firm fruit add 5 lbs of sugar,
cook together slowly for about 2 hours.
Just before it is done add 4 washed lemons cut up real fine.
(Reject the lemon seeds but include the peels)

Continue cooking and skimming out the tomatoes
and boil down the syrup.
When thick,
pour it over the other 1-2 lbs of prepared tomatoes already placed in the jar.
Seal in sterilized jars.


~~


* note of caution:
This recipe does not say anything about warm bath canning or describe any other safe method of sealing the jars, according to today's safe food handling practices.
If you decide to try this conserve, be sure and water or pressure can your conserve.




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Monday, June 19, 2006

NECTAR FOR 90 DEGREES IN THE SHADE 1869 RECIPE

NECTAR FOR 90 DEGREES IN THE SHADE
1869 RECIPE


(c)Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks
by William Terrington, 1869

1/2 C. whisky
1 bottle soda water, chilled
Lemon ice
*composition not described
might be frozen lemonade in ice cube trays

Put a lemon ice in a soda water glass,
add one half gill of whisky and a bottle of iced soda water,
mix and serve.



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Saturday, June 17, 2006

OLD FASHIONED KENTUCKY APPALACHIAN MACARONI AND CHEESE RECIPE

OLD FASHIONED KENTUCKY APPALACHIAN
MACARONI AND CHEESE RECIPE

1 cup macaroni, cooked and drained
1 cup grated cheese (your favorite kind)
2/3 cup regular milk
2 eggs
1/4 t salt
topping:
2 Tbls grated cheese
1/4 cup soft bread crumbs

Alternate layers of macaroni and then cheese,
in a buttered baking dish.
Beat the eggs, add milk and the salt.
Pour over top macaroni layer.
Ready for the topping:
Sprinkle the top with remaining cheese combined with bread crumbs.

Bake in preheated 400 degree oven until well browned.


^



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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Bread Pudding 1860's Recipe

Bread Pudding Recipe 1860's

Two coffee cups of grated bread crumbs
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 quart new milk
6 eggs
1 cup blackberry jam

Beat all together
put in pudding dish and bake lightly.
Take from stove,
cover the top with jam,
and then meringue with three of the whites
and enough sugar to make it stiff.

Brown in the oven;
eat cold with hard sauce.


unknown original author
recipe found in old cookbook


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Thursday, April 20, 2006

A QUICK DESSERT - from early 1900's

A QUICK DESSERT -
from early 1900's


4 pieces toast
4 slices cheese
Nutmeg
1 1/2 c. applesauce
1/4 c. sugar

Add sugar and nutmeg to applesauce.
Put applesauce on toast, about 3 tablespoons on each piece of toast.
Lay a slice of cheese over the sauce.
Bake in a moderate oven until the cheese melts.
Serve hot.


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Monday, March 20, 2006

PLUM CORDIAL Recipe The Kentucky Housewife Lettice Bryan 1839

PLUM CORDIAL

(c)The Kentucky Housewife Lettice Bryan, 1839.

Ripe plums
Brown sugar
Brandy

Break up some fine ripe plums,
and boil them in a small quantity of water till soft,
adding the kernels from half of the plum seeds,
after bruising them.

Strain the liquid through a cloth,
and to each three quarts add two pounds and a half
of the best brown sugar.

Boil it up,
skim it, and cool it;
put in a quart of brandy to every three quarts of the syrup,
and bottle it for use.




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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

KENTUCKY APPLEBUTTER CAKE RECIPE

KENTUCKY APPLEBUTTER CAKE RECIPE

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
4 eggs beaten
2 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 cup Buttermilk
1 cup Apple butter


In Large Bowl,
Beat together shortening and sugar.
Add eggs.
Sift together dry Ingredients
add to egg mixture.
Add alternately with milk
Add Apple Butter & Mix well.

Bake in greased loaf pan at 325 degrees for
40 minutes or until done.




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Monday, February 20, 2006

OLD TIME SNOW CREAM ICE CREAM RECIPES

OLD TIME SNOW CREAM
ICE CREAM RECIPES

-KID FRIENDLY


It has been snowing a lot here in the hills of Kentucky
for around 3 weeks now snow had been falling pretty regularly.
I got to thinking about the old time tradition of making snow cream
or as some call it, snow ice cream.

I want to share some snow cream recipes with you today.
In all of the Snow Cream recipes be sure when adding ingredients
Stir quickly.
You want to get it all mixed before the snow melts.

Note of CAUTION:

MAKE double sure the snow is CLEAN.
Mom used to tell me you had to wait until the second good
size snow before the air was clean enough to make safe snow cream.
Make sure you do not collect the snow where
critters and birds eat or use the restroom.

The most important ingredient in any of these recipes
is C L E A N snow.



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SNOW ICE CREAM NOG FLAVORED

1 cup of milk
1 egg, well beaten
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
dash of salt

Blend all ingredients well and
add clean, fresh snow till absorbed
and the consistency is like soft ice cream.


^


SWEET SNOW ICE CREAM

1 egg
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup milk or cream
2 quarts Snow

Mix egg, sugar, vanilla and milk
Pour mixture over snow.

Add more sugar and vanilla to taste if you need to.
Variations:
-Use regular white sugar instead of brown.
-Chocolate syrup can also be added
-top with favorite fruit


^

BASIC SNOW CREAM RECIPE NO EGG
Original recipe: Sandy

1 C milk
1/2 C sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
app ~ 3 quarts of Clean Snow

In a Large bowl,
Blend milk, sugar and vanilla.
Stir in snow a bit at a time
until reaching an ice creamy consistency.



Variations:
-substitute canned cream for milk.

-Chocolate snow cream:
add some instant cocoa mix
or
a little nestle's


For creative snow creams add:
-raisins and cinnamon
or
-an over-ripe banana, pureed
or
-a little strawberry glaze.
Either add more snow or cut down on the milk a little,
you don't want too much liquid.

For a noggy ice cream:
-add a beaten egg

Topping Ideas:

top with chocolate syrup
top with melted caramel
top with sliced strawberrys
top with blueberries
top with raspberrys



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Saturday, February 18, 2006

WAR CAKE & TOPPING RECIPE - DATES FROM 1916

WAR CAKE & TOPPING RECIPE
DATED 1916

2 c. water
2/3 c. shortening
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. salt
2 c. brown sugar
1 c. raisins
3 c. self-rising flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 c. nuts, chopped (pecans are best)
1 c. cornmeal
1 tsp. baking soda

TOPPING (optional)

3/4 c. sugar
1/2 stick oleo (butter)
1/2 c. milk
1 c. coconut



Boil water, brown sugar, shortening and spices for 3 minutes.
Cool to lukewarm.
Stir in dry ingredients, pour into greased and floured 13 x 9 inch pan.
Bake on 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.

Cook topping for approximately 2 minutes.
Spread on cake while cake is warm.






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Thursday, February 09, 2006

LEAF MOLD COMPOST PHOTO BY OLD CABIN

Hello Friends,

I took a long walk in our woods today.
It is just cold enough to keep you moving but
warm enough so you can still enjoy the walk.
I went back to check on his leaf mold bins.
You can read our original Leaf Mold post here.

It snowed again last night and I enjoy taking photos of the snow.
Here is a pic of his three teired leaf mold bin set-up.
He placed it next to the old Farm house we found when cleaning
up one of our potential house site areas.


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If you would like to read the original how to article about
How to start your own leaf mold compost pile.
You can go here and read all about it.
Leaf Mold article.



Warm Winter Wishes from our Home to Yours.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

LATE 1800 early 1900's RECIPES APPALACHIAN CANDY & CIVIL WAR MILK PIE RECIPE

LATE 1800's early 1900's
APPALACHIAN CANDY RECIPE



HONEY CANDY RECIPE

1 cup plain or chunky peanut butter
1 cup instant dry milk
1 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Mix together.
shape into balls.
refrigerate
app~ 24 balls






CIVIL WAR MILK PIE RECIPE
(updated)

Unbaked pie shell
1 cup white sugar
Milk
1/4 cup flour Butter
1/4 tsp. salt
Cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)

Mix the dry ingredients lightly
Pour Whole milk over the dry ingredients.
Adding a little at a time until
ingredients resemble thick pudding.
Mix well and pour into shell.
Dot the top with butter,

Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees then
Turn oven down to 350 and continue baking
an additional 35 - 40 minutes.

Top should be slightly browned.


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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

ORANGE DROP COOKIE & ORANGE FROSTING RECIPE

Are you still a little tired of Chocolate ?
Lets try a new orange drop cookie recipe.
These are very different and the orange frosting
sounds good enough to try on other home made goodies.



ORANGE DROP COOKIE &
ORANGE FROSTING RECIPES


2/3 Cup crisco
1/2 cup orange juice
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder

Combine all ingredients into one bowl
STIR BY HAND till well blended.
Drop by teaspoonful on UNGREASED baking sheets
2 inches apart(cookies will flatten out)
Bake 350ยบ until lightly brown
*no exact bake time given so watch them carefully

When cooled, frost with orange frosting.
Makes about 5 dozen small cookies.

Orange frosting Recipe

2 1/2 Tbl butter
2 to 2 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
orange juice

Combine butter and sugar
Add small amounts of orange juice
until frosting spreads easily.





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Monday, January 16, 2006

CIVIL WAR RECIPES APPLESAUCE COOKIES & ORANGE CAKE

CIVIL WAR APPLESAUCE COOKIES

2 1/4 c. sugar
1 1/3 c. shortening
3 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. applesauce
6 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. salt

Cream shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla.
Add applesauce and mix well.
Add sifted dry ingredients and blend well.
Drop by heaping tablespoon on greased cookie sheets.
Flatten and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

* Note: They Will NOT Brown





CIVIL WAR ORANGE CAKE
(General Ogelthorpe's original recipe)

1/2 c. butter
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. soda
2 c. sifted flour
1 c. buttermilk
1/2 c. chopped raisins
2 orange peels, ground

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream butter, sugar and eggs.
Add buttermilk.
Add dry ingredients.
Save juice from 2 oranges.
Spread mixture in 13 x 9 x 2 inch greased pan.
Bake until golden and pulls away from edges.
Mix equal parts of orange juice and sugar.
Pour over hot cake.
Is great served with wassail spiced tea.




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Thursday, January 12, 2006

POTATO PANCAKES / POTATO LATKES RECIPE FROM 1910

POTATO PANCAKES / POTATO LATKES RECIPE
Original recipe dated 1910

4 medium potatoes (peeled)
1 shallot or very small onion
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
4 Tbls peanut oil
1 small egg
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/16 cup melted butter
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
salt and pepper
4 Tbls schmaltz { optional }

Grate potatoes and shallot on a large-hole grater.
Splash with lemon juice and squeeze out excess water.

Mix the flour, milk, egg, baking powder and nutmeg.
Add this mixture to the potatoes,
then add the melted butter.

Heat peanut oil and schmaltz in a large skillet and
spoon a few spoons of the mixture into the skillet.

Fry until golden on the bottom side
and then flip with a spatula,
cook the same way on the other side

* note-schmaltz = rendered chicken fat

traditional side ideas :
Serve with watercress
caviar
applesauce
creme fraiche or
sour cream



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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

KENTUCKY WALNUT CANDY RECIPE FROM EARLY 1900'S

KENTUCKY WALNUT CANDY RECIPE
courtesy: Old Louisville Cookbook

One pint of New Orleans molasses
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1 dessert spoon vinegar
Put ingredients in double boiler
place on range and stir until it boils
Cook slowly, until syrup hardens when dropped in ice water
Have walnuts prepared and put them in a shallow pan
greased with butter
and pour over the candy
When cold, cut into bars



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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

MINI PUMPKIN SEEDS FROM OUR EXPERIMENTAL PATCH

MINI PUMPKIN FROM
THE GREAT MANURE HILL EXPERIMENT


In a previous post called;
"The Great Manure Hill Experiment Our Gumpkin"
I shared with you about one of our planting experiments.
We haven't cut open our Gumpkin yet, but today
we decided to harvest the seeds from one of the mini pumpkins
from the hill.



The seeds are almost as big as the pumpkin :)

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I have always enjoyed miniature pumpkins and gourds.
They can be used in so many ways.
They are so cute when placed on a window sill or
piled in a basket on top of spanish moss, for example,
for a inexpensive Fall decoration.

For a special Fall table decorating idea,
You could use them as a Pumpkin Place Card for a special
dinner or get-together.
Either by setting a pumpkin on the plate
with a name card propped against i,t
or by drawing a face and / or writing the guests' name
on the pumpkin with a black magic marker.

I have even seen Miniature pumpkin candleholders
used for dinner table centerpeices.
Too C U T E !!!!!

Another decorating idea is a Miniature Pumpkin Wreath.
It's made by using a wire form, mini-pumpkins, spanish moss and a bow.
Next Fall I will share more detailed instructions.

In a few organic restaurants, they use hollowed out
mini pumpkins for serving wild rice or other vegetarian sides.
Here is a recipe I stumbled across after it was too late
to use my pumpkins for food.
This Fall I intend on trying them for myself.
These Stuffed Mini Pumpkins can be Served for luncheon
or as a side with any kind of entree you desire.


WILD RICE STUFFED MINI PUMPKINS


4 mini pumpkins
1/2 cup wild rice
3 to 4 cups water
juice of one orange
2 tsp honey
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 TB chopped pecans
1 tsp orange zest

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a small sauce pan, add the wild rice
and fill with enough water to cover.
Bring to a boil and then simmer for 30 - 40 minutes
or until done.

While rice is cooking, cut the top off the pumpkins.
Scoop out the seeds and strings with a spoon.
Place the pumpkins upside down in a baking pan with 1/3 inch of water.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Carefully turn the pumpkins upright,
return to oven until flesh is tender when pierced with a fork
approximately 5 to 10 additional minutes.

Place the cooked , rinsed and cooled rice in medium size bowl.
Set aside.
Juice the orange and add honey, mixing together well.
Pour honey mixture over the rice.
Add salt and black pepper, and stir well.
Stir in the cranberries, pecans, orange zest.
Adjust seasonings if needed.
Spoon the rice into each of the pumpkins and serve.

My Variation ideas:
add to rice:
1 tsp chopped fresh mint (optional)
or
Seasoned pepper instead of black pepper
or
Use Pecans instead of Walnuts.

hmmm, How about a truly Simple &
Q U I C K mini-pumpkin side idea:

1. Cook the pumpkins as described
2. Buy a box of wild rice mix, follow the directions
on the box, maybe add some nuts.
Fill the pumpkins with the cooked rice mix
and you are done.

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When mini-pumpkins are back in season
I will be sharing all kinds of additional ideas and recipes
From Pumpkin Soup to Fall Pumpkin Crafts...



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Monday, January 09, 2006

BASIC KENTUCKY HARD SAUCE RECIPE

Many old-time recipes call for Hard sauce.
After much research and asking a few old time cooks,
here is a very basic hard sauce recipe.
Hard Sauces can be used to top
Bread puddings, ice creams and cakes, etc...

Todays Recipe Tip:
In older recipes Extracts were sometimes called Essence.

BASIC KENTUCKY HARD SAUCE RECIPE


1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar (confectioners')
1 tablespoon brandy
1 dash almond extract


I a medium mixing bowl,
cream together the butter and sugar.
Beat in by degrees the brandy
and a drop of almond essence.



Another variation with a few differences.




SOUTHERN HARD SAUCE RECIPE
courtesy: D. Rattray

1/2 cup soft butter
1 1/2 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
OR 2 tablespoons rum or brandy

Cream butter with confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy.
Stir in vanilla extract or rum or brandy.




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Sunday, January 08, 2006

KENTUCKY PUDDING RECIPE FROM 1910

KENTUCKY PUDDING RECIPE
courtesy of:
Old Louisville Recipe Book
Recipe from 1903



One cup of molasses
1 cup new milk
1 cup chopped suet
1 cup raisins
1 cup currants
2½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

Mix well,
put in bag and steam 2 hours.
Serve with rich sauce, flavored with brandy.




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Saturday, January 07, 2006

KENTUCKY INDIAN PUDDING RECIPE FROM EARLY 1900'S

KENTUCKY INDIAN PUDDING RECIPE
from late 1800' - early 1900's

One quart of milk
4 ounces of cornmeal
2 ounces of butter
stir together and cook in a double boiler 20 minutes.
then add:
4 ounces of sugar,
3 eggs, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of ginger;
stir together for a few minutes.
Cook 10 minutes longer and then pour into a
buttered mold and bake ½ hour


Serve with hard sauce.






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Friday, January 06, 2006

LOUISVILLE ORANGE ROLEY POLEY RECIPE early 1900's

LOUISVILLE ORANGE ROLEY POLEY RECIPE
courtesy:
Old Louisville Recipe Book


Take 4 sweet oranges; peel and slice them.
Then sift 1 pint of flour,
1 tablespoon of granulated sugar,
1 teaspoon baking powder,
½ teaspoon salt.
Add to this 2 tablespoons of butter and enough
sweet milk to make a soft dough.
Put on a floured board, and roll into a long sheet,
spread with the sliced oranges and granulated sugar.
Roll it and pinch the ends to prevent the juice escaping.
Place on a buttered plate and steam 1½ hours,
set in oven a few minutes to dry.



Serve with hard sauce flavored with orange juice.




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Thursday, January 05, 2006

CAKE PUDDING RECIPE FROM EARLY 1900'S


CAKE PUDDING RECIPE
COURTESY: Old Louisville Recipe Book


Take 1 cup of granulated sugar
3 tablespoons of melted butter
Cream and add 1 well-beaten egg
1 cup of rich milk
Stir well, then add 1 pint of flour
and 1 heaping teaspoon of baking powder

Bake in pudding dish half an hour




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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

LOUISVILLE PINOCHA & MAPLE PINOCHA RECIPE

LOUISVILLE PINOCHA RECIPE

Three coffee cups of dark brown sugar
1 cup sweet milk
lump of butter size of a walnut
Cook until almost candy
then pour in dish and beat hard
just before it is cold
beat in blanched almonds or pecans
Cut in squares when cold




LOUISVILLE MAPLE PINOCHA RECIPE

Grate 1 pound of maple sugar
Add 1 cup of milk and cream mixed
Place on range, and stir until sugar is dissolved
then boil until syrup forms a soft ball, when dropped in cold water
Remove from fire, stir until it begins to thicken
then hastily add 1 teacup of pecans
and turn the mixture into a buttered pan
When partially cold, mark into squares with a greased knife





I enjoy reading old recipes.
It just makes me smile...
:)







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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME LYRICS

There are several versions of our Famous State Song.
The Official lyrics are listed below.
In my opinion, it is the music that makes this song so haunting...
May you have a happy and Blessed New Year.
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My Old Kentucky Home

Words and Music by: Stephen C. Foster

The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home
'Tis summer, the people are gay;
The corn top's ripe and the meadow's in the bloom,
While the birds make music all the day;

The young folks roll on the little cabin floor,
All merry, all happy, and bright,
By'n by hard times comes a-knocking at the door,
Then my old Kentucky home, good night!

Weep no more, my lady,
Oh weep no more today!
We will sing one song for the old Kentucky home,
For the old Kentucky home far away.

They hunt no more for the 'possum and the coon,
On meadow, the hill and the shore,
They sing no more by the glimmer of the moon,
On the bench by that old cabin door;

The day goes by like a shadow o'er the heart,
With sorrow where all was delight;
The time has come when the people have to part,
Then my old Kentucky home, good night!

Weep no more, my lady,
Oh weep no more today!
We will sing one song for the old Kentucky home,
For the old Kentucky home far away.

The head must bow and the back will have to bend,
Wherever the people may go;
A few more days and the trouble all will end
In the field where sugar-canes may grow;

A few more days for to tote the weary load,
No matter, 'twill never be light,
A few more days till we totter on the road,
Then my old Kentucky home, good night!

Weep no more, my lady,
Oh weep no more today!
We will sing one song for the old Kentucky home,
For the old Kentucky home far away.


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