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Favorite Recipes

These are some of my favorite recipes that aren't from the internets.

Dutch Babies

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 c. sifted flour
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 T. butter
  • Nutmeg

Preheat overn to 450 degrees. Beat eggs well. Combine flour and salt. Mix well with eggs (wire whisk works well). Add milk and mix well. Melt butter in large cast iron skillet; pour mixture in. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Bake 10-12 minutes until brown. It will be puffy.

Note: May serve with syrup

Very Moist Southern Cornbread

  • 2 c. cornmeal
  • 2 T. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 what unit? sugar or Splenda
  • 1/4 c. oil
  • 2 c. butermilk
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 c. cottage cheese
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Spray large cast-iron skillet with non-stick spray. Mix conrmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and sugar. Next add oil, buttermilk, eggs and cottage cheese. Pour into skillet. Bake at 350 degrees until knife inserted in middle is dry and top is browned. Takes about 20-30 minutes. If top gets too brown before center is done, cover with foil until done.

Grandma Howe's Cheese Ball Recipe

This is a cheese ball recipe Grandma Howe gave to us on a recipe card that's delicious and not too hard to make. When I was younger, we kids would help Mom make this.

The brands are important on this recipe. Non Cracker Barrel cheese makes it taste different according to Mom (I've never tried any other brand)

Grandma wrote in all caps, but I'm mix-casing it here.

My added comments look like this.


Here's what's cookin': Cheese ball

Recipe from: Mom

Grandma added dashes delineating the amounts and the units. The engineer in me appreciates this :D (and I do love calling myself an engineer).

  • 1 - 8-oz. Shredded Cracker Barrel Sharp Cheese This is the cheddar cheese
  • 1 - 8-oz. Philidelphia Cream Cheese
  • 2 - tsp. chopped pimento
  • 2 - tsp. chopped green pepper
  • 2 - tsp. chopped onion
  • 1 - tsp. Worchestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp. lemon juice no dashes here

Combine cheese and softened cream cheese, mixing well.

Add remaining ingredients.

Chill until firm.

Roll into a ball and cover with chopped nuts or garnish with chopped parsley and pimento strips.

Pork Loin with Apple

One day sometime last year (2017), I woke up and put the following into the crock pot for my turn at cooking the family meal. I don't remember the exact measurements, but it was delicious.

  • Pork loin
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Onion Soup Mix
  • Onions
  • Apples
  • Sauerkraut
  • Cranberry Sauce (with cranberries)

Ginger Beer

One fortuitous day, I was taking my afternoon walk around the office and I ran into my friend Terry Bates in the breakroom. He had an interesting bottle of yellow liquid with him. When I asked about it, he let me try his homeade ginger beer. It was super good. He has since given me a video to watch and some notes on it. Maybe I can try to make my own this weekend...

YouTube Tutorial

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Terry's Notes

Expect the bug to look a bit "grotty" when it is active; bubbles on the top, audible "fizz," and bubbles when you stir with wooden spoon. You can grab, wooden spoon to stir, cheesecloth, fliptop bottles, maybe large funnel in Target. (Target has an app, so you can search and see what is in-store and even the aisle). The pot he uses is a "dutch oven" which appear to be cast iron and ceramic. I prefer that, since yeast does not seem to react well to metallics. So I would use a wooden spoon to "feed" and stir the bug. I use an analog kitchen scale to measure out the amounts, but a digital could work. Once you do it enough, you can eyeball amounts.

Don't wash the ginger. Do remove any obvious dirt or dust. Get organic ginger (no pesticides). Use brown sugar to feed the ginger bug. You may or may not use Brown sugar in the "beer" concoction. I'm told that white sugar may be less "nutritious" to yeast. So, if you use brown sugar for the bug, it will activate more quickly. If you use brown sugar in the beer, it may ferment faster (faster than you expect). I think I've gone with Brown sugar for the bug, and White sugar for the beer to make it ferment over longer time period. Depends.

Once the bug is "fizzy," refrigerate immediately, cover it enough so that air can get in, with cheesecloths + lid,, but not hermetically sealed. Loosely cover so yeast can feast on air. Feed weekly or every 10 days, with 2 table spoons sugar 2 tablespoons ginger. Also, feed if you use it. Generally, for Ginger beer, you need 1/4 cup of bug to 4 quarts of Ginger Beer brew you make. The bug could theoretically last for a year or so. You can verify it is still "alive" if you stir and see bubbles, or notice that the beer you make is not as "active" and bubbly as expected.

Ginger beer bottles you filled/generate should "finish" fermenting in 2-5 days. In this heat it may be 1-2 days, but generally the optimal temp should be 73 degrees. To test if finished, when I "burp" daily in sink, if the bottle pops strongly and has some mist, it is probably "done." Toss that in the fridge immediately. If you forget to burp, it will explode the bottle.

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