May 212014
 

Cheeseburger Fudge

With so much company coming for the weekend, there is little time to try new dishes and a great week to just munch on precooked meals tucked away in the freezer for times such as this and maybe share a couple of what sounds like very weird dishes I have come across in some of my cookbooks!
Daughter and son-in-law arrived around 5 this morning from Indiana and are off again to pick up a boat they purchased, another 3 hours south of here. Then back here to drop off the boat so they can head over to the Panhandle to pick up our grandson who is stationed there, so he can join in for our Memorial Day Cookout on Sunday. Did all my fellow cooks out there who were planning on going to @ReginasKitchen, hear that? The cookout is going to be on Sunday, NOT Monday so make the necessary adjustments so you don’t miss out because I will need some of that homemade Sangria someone mentioned! Possibly both granddaughters and their families will be here and if my daughter can arrange it, hopefully she too will join in the festivities. So as you can see, lots of cooking is on the agenda for this old soul! Then after the kids take grandson back to the base, it’s back here for a couple of days and then finally back home to Indiana. Wow, lotsa traveling and a short time to do it!!!

Works great too!

Works great too!

Yesterday, went junking at a thrift store and picked up a vintage Toastmaster waffle iron in excellent condition, probably from the ’50′s and it turned out to be another steal, I really should open up a store and start making money on some of this stuff I keep finding at dirt cheap prices!

Ain’t it cute?

 

I also picked up an adorable plaque with a lady chef holding a basket of fresh baked bread and it says “Good Food, Good Life”; Maybe that should be my motto? Kenny already has it hanging proudly in my kitchen! Then it was off to the feed store to get food for my new chickens (boy they eat a lot), and they had ferns and flowers marked down and the backseat of the car got filled up with another project for me to take care of this week; what the hell was I thinking? Of course husband was worried that there wouldn’t be enough room for our beer, guess my silly man forgot how much stuff I can pack into small places!

 

Well onto this crazy recipe, and not one I think I would try even with my love of burgers, but someone out there might be game. Maybe it tastes better than it sounds, who knows? This recipe hails from my Ground Beef Galore Cookbook dated 1999……….Really! If anyone has a photo of what this would look like..I’d love to see it.

Cheeseburger Fudge
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Ingredients
  • 8 oz ground beef
  • 2 lbs confectioners' sugar
  • ½ cup baking cocoa
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 8 oz Velveeta cheese
  • 1-1/2 teas vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Ground beef in a skillet, stirring until brown and crumbly; drain.
  2. Press between several layers of paper towels to remove all excess grease.
  3. Combine the sugar, cocoa and pecans in a large bowl; mix well.
  4. Add beef; mix well.
  5. Heat butter and cheese in a saucepan over very low heat until melted and well blended, stirring constantly.
  6. Blend in vanilla.
  7. Add sugar mixture all at once; mix quickly and thoroughly.
  8. Spread in a buttered 9 X 13 inch pan.
  9. Let stand until set and cut into squares.
  10. Store in the refrigerator.

 

So now I guess you can see, it’s gonna be one wild and crazy week here for us with lots of cooking and not much time for experimenting in our kitchen…………enjoy and remember guys, Sunday not Monday!

Jun 272013
 

Let Freedom Ring

Our bell from the S.S. President Cleveland.

Our bell from the S.S. President Cleveland.

Kenny and I always read Dear Abby every day in our newspaper, old farts that we are! We’re running late today due to a heavy shopping list for the holiday next week, lots of good BOGO deals and lunch at a new restaurant in town and I did want to get something in before the day was over and this seemed so appropriate for this week to get the word out. Carmella LaSpada wrote into Abby a story that I had never heard before about President John Kennedy proclaiming the ringing of the bells nationwide on Independence Day in 1963, with the words “Let’s ring freedom bells!” The lady who sent this to Abby, said she was a White House special-projects aide at that time and remembered how exciting it was when the bells rang throughout the nation. She was writing to Abby to get the bells ringing but once again on this upcoming Fourth of July and for all the ones hereafter and she hopes to resurrect this proud tradition.

According to Carmella, we are to ring bells at precisely 2 p.m. (I assume EST) in honor of the 237th anniversary of our independence. She would like to encourage churches and all other buildings with bells to let them ring out at this time for all to hear.

Although we do not have millions of followers as Abby does, we are hoping that our readers on cooking-with-mama will share with everyone that they know and maybe with just a little help from us there will be many more bells ringing. She goes on in her letter to Abby, that the first groups to support this effort included baseball teams, National Cartoonists Society along with the, Iron Workers, Firefighters and Sheet Metal Workers unions. Also mentioned were other AFL-CIO affiliates.

Carmella LaSpada is also the founder of No Greater Love and you can find her at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Greater_Love.

At 2 p.m. next Thursday Kenny and I will be ringing out with an old brass bell from the S.S. President Cleveland that he brought home for me one day as a surprise, knowing how much I love old bells; and let me tell you, my whole neighborhood will be able to hear it ring. So, no matter what kind of bell you have, whether it be a dinner bell or a doorbell, let them be heard next week in honor of our independence. As Abby so aptly answered to the letter, “engraved on the Liberty Bell are the words, “Proclaim liberty throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof”.

S.S. Cleveland Ship

S.S. President Cleveland Ship

So thanks to Carmella and Jeanne Phillips’ Dear Abby column, for whom I would have not known this story, maybe we can add a few extra bells! God bless America!

Need I say more!

Need I say more!

Mar 042013
 

Our New Stove

Well folks, this weekend didn’t go as well as the first meal I cooked which went off without a hitch!

Our first meal on our new stove!

Our first meal on our new stove!

I wanted to make breaded BBQ pork chops in the oven and did manage to over-cook them just a little, but they still were edible. You see, my old oven door did not shut tight, so I usually had to cook the food in it, a little longer. I had some left-over mashed potatoes and I decided to make some potato pancakes and bread them with the same breading I used for the chops, only to over-cook them with my heat being too high! Again, my old stove top burners did not totally work so I had to cook them at a higher heat, hence the overly browned potato cakes, but again, edible. And no, I did not take pictures of the chops and potatoes!

 

Where my old wall oven was has now been transformed into my cookware closet and it is so nice not to have to bend over and dig to get to all my pots and pans! When I had them stored under the stove top, the pans I didn’t use to often, were in the tee-total back of the cabinet and I hated it! My frying pans are all made of cast iron and with old age kicking in a little, it was a pain pulling them up from underneath, I seriously think someone has been putting more weight to them just to remind me that I’m not as young as I used to be, ha ha! Now all that is left to do with the cabinet, is try to figure out what kind of door to put on it as it will have to be custom made!

Old wall oven1

Old wall oven!

New shelves=Storage!

New shelves=Storage!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The area around the new stove is another slight problem as my kitchen is horseshoed and now we have to finish off the counter top around it where Kenny cut the opening for the stove to fit in which was cut in the curved area. Not in a super hurry to do this as we want it to look like it was always made this way. Between Kenny and I, we usually come up with pretty good solutions in these kind of circumstances (yes two heads are better than one, especially when one half is a female, ha ha)! All kidding aside, Kenny does do really well in the carpentry department and of making use of materials on hand, just look at my pretty cabinet that was nothing more than a big empty hole! We love doing projects like this together, and as we save left-over wood from other projects, we did not have to buy anything to make this cabinet that I already love. Very smart decision not to replace the wall unit!

Before new stove!

Before new stove!

After new stove!

After new stove!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am very anxious to start doing more baking and now I can actually cook in the amount of time the recipe calls for instead of winging it, hip hip hooray! I have yet to try the convection oven and figure I had better get used to the oven first before attempting that one.

Well I’m sure that there will be more stories in the future and for now, I just wanted to get in some pictures of my new pride and joy and some of the work we had to do to welcome her to her new home in the woods!

 

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