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A clear trifle bowl with layers of lady fingers, raspberries and lemon cream

 


 

A Source–“Cook’s Illustrated”

Entering the retail world of food has been a education for me. Even though I was a Homemaking teacher  when there were such animals and a wife and mother for even longer, so many new ideas, food and nutrition facts and new methods have appeared since then that I have had to really be alert to all things new. Among  the many magazines that pass through our doors, a stand-out is COOK’S ILLUSTRATED. In fact, it is our go-to for…

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A Summertime Favorite, or Who Doesn’t Love Peach Cobbler?

Peach cobbler always meant making a double pie crust, lining the pan with half and rolling a top crust. I still like it that way, but my niece sent me a recipe that is a hurry-up recipe that is so delicious that I usually make it that way.I have found several similar recipes, but they all require more steps than Lora’s recipe. Here it is: ( Luscious peaches. Watch at Farmers’ Market. Probably will be the best) LORA’S PEACH COBBLER…

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Berries, Berries, Berries

In “the olden days” my school would dismiss mid-April so that the children could help with the crops–hoeing cotton, gathering tomatoes for the market. Not only was school out, but the berries were beginning to ripen. First, we had dewberries. There were bigger, sweeter than the mixed berries and blackberries that followed later in the spring. We picked and ate and took them home and washed them and ate them with milk, made cobblers, and jelly. (The blackberries made the…

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Back to an Old Favorite

On Memorial Day I made Cream Puffs. Remember those? Home Ec Class in high school? The lesson about leavening agents–that eggs and air and steam could make desserts rise, i.e. angel food cakes, sponge cakes, cream puffs, eclairs. According to FOOD LOVERS’ COMPANION,  a cream  puff is also called choux pastry (shoo) pastry. Just in case you missed the lesson in Home Ec, during the baking, the eggs make the pastry puff into irregular domes. They are easy and fun.…

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20 Bottles of Wine on the Wall, 20 Bottles of Wine. Take One Down and Pass it Around….

By Pure Luck I won twenty bottles of wine at the Kentucky Derby Party held at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and sponsored by the Lions’ Club Foundation. This was a fund raiser for the Lions’ Park that has been a place for kids to have fun for many years. Those Lions know how to give a party!!!!! Now the question is, What to do with 20 bottles of wine? Drink some it. Yes. Share some of it. Definitely.…

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Rachel’s BBQ Sliders and Jo Ann’s Cole Slaw

In case you did not taste these sliders when Rachel made them, duplicate them in your kitchen. Any questions? Call about recipes, ingredients or equipment at 254-399-.. Ask for Jo Ann. Smoked Chicken BBQ Sliders Makes 24 Sliders 2 lbs smoked chicken, shredded (Smoked on the Cameron Indoor Smoker) 1 cup Chef Bradley’s Lean Mean BBQ Sauce Combine the Chicken and BBQ Sauce in a medium saucepan. Heat to a slow simmer. 24 rolls or slider buns. (We used Rhodes…

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Easter, Grandchildren and Fried Chicken

When Grandson requests fried chicken so that his international friend can experience it, what does Grandmother do? You know. of course. Buys whole chickens, cuts them so that there will be Pulley Bones (Some of you call them Wishbones.), gets out the cast iron skillet and gets cookin’. Last year Bon Appetit , February Issue, printed “the only fried chicken recipe you will ever need.” It’s true. I’m changing it a little to suit my taste, but the method is essentially…

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A Palm Sunday Excursion

Palm Sunday at San Jose Church on the San Antonio Mission Trail Several months ago some friends asked if I had ever been on the Mission Trail in San Antonio. My answer was, “No, but I would like to do that.” This past weekend was my opportunity to do just that–with these friends as my guides. They are San Antonio “lovers” and have visited many times. So, they “know the ropes.” That means, among other things, they know how to…

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MARCH MADNESS MUNCHING

 If you can’t get to all the Baylor Basketball Games-Go Baylor!!!!–have some good munchings on hand.Wackym’s Kitchen Gourmet Cookies are winners. Try the Cornmeal Rosemary Shortbread topped with just a tad of a softened butter-bleu cheese mixture. Just great paired with an Earl Grey Tea. Double-dip Lemon Butter Cookies  dipped in some lemon, lime or raspberry curd. Lemon Velvet Tea goes nicely. The unique Salted Caramel pairs nicely with Scotch—-I hear. The Margarita Cookie with–well, that’s obvious. And Chocolate Snicker Doodle  with some…

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BIDDING A FRIEND GOODBYE

Shirley Ann Craigen West 1940-2013 Drove to Brownwood yesterday to say goodbye to Shirley West. She died on Sunday after a long stay in the hospital following surgery. Shirley had lived in Brownwood for 50 years, moving there with her husband, Kenneth, who was on the “Gordon Wood Coaching Staff.” Listening to Richard Hetzel and Dallas Huston talking about her many talents and virtues, I reminisced about our years in Brownwood where football was king and you knew that in the…

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