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Apr 162014

Elephant Stew

The other day I got a comment from a lady named Emily on the Aspirin Cake I posted back in August of 2012 and she mentioned how she loved to get in the kitchen and cook with her kids and she had shared that recipe many a time with them. This is another story that I thought I had posted long ago but for some odd reason or another, I can’t find it and thought it would be another great one to share with the kids. My granddaughter Chey, can also share it with her son when he gets old enough to help out in the kitchen as she is a lover of elephants. Oops, maybe not such a good idea as she hates the idea of killing anything even though she loves eating meat! You’d think she’d become a vegetarian or something of the sort, ha ha….

Elephant Stew
  • 1 medium sized elephant
  • 12 lbs pepper, I use fresh ground
  • 40 lbs salt, I use sea salt
  • 2 rabbits (optional)
  • Brown gravy
  1. Clean elephant and cut into bite-size pieces; this should take about 2 months.
  2. Add enough brown gravy to cover and cook over kerosene fire for 4 weeks at 465 degrees.
  3. This will serve about 3,800 people.
  4. If more are expected, add the 2 rabbits; do this only if necessary as most people do not like HARE in their stew!


I’ve seen this recipe in a few of the older cookbooks I have but this one is from Healthy Recipes For You by the 7th district school food service of Douglas County Comprehensive High School. Thought it would be cute with the Easter bunny getting ready to come hoppin down the bunny trail! Hope it brings a smile to your face if you have never seen it before!

Jul 232013

Cooking By Children II

Last October, I put half of these cute recipes in, and with a busy schedule for the week, I thought it would be a good idea to follow up with some more. Getting ready to give our guest room a fresh makeover with paint and get the furniture put back in the room as everything is sitting in my dining room and living room. Today is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day and National Hot Dog Day, and the first recipe here is Terri Higler’s version of Pigs in a Blanket. These cute little recipes come from my cookbook put out by the Seventh District School Food Service and it does not have a date in it, so I wonder how old these children would be today!

cooking with kids

Pigs In Blanket by Terri Hilger, 5 yrs old

1 pig, 2 carrots, 3 eggs, 2 potatoes. Stir in a big bowl. Put in oven for 45 minutes. Put in bowls and eat it. (That would feed a lot of people!)

Sloppy Joes by Ricky Reagan, 5 yrs old

Meat, bun, salt, catsup. Cook meat, catsup and salt in a dish. Put it in a bun. Eat it. ( Reminds me, I need to make a batch of sloppy joe’s, maybe I’ll try this version)

Chris Parkenson’s version of Hamburgers, 5 yrs old

Get the Presto thing and smash it down. Cook it. Take it out. Put it in a bun. Put some mustard on it and a pickle. Eat it. (Where’s the beef?)

Peanut Butter by Dave Stanhope, 5 yrs old

Nut, dough. Put in a big bowl. Bake it. Put it in a jar and put lid on it. (Sounds easy enough to me.)

Jello by 5 year old Beth Ann Dick

4 ice cubes, fruit, 2 red radishes (to make it red). Put it in the freezer. When it’s done, take it out and eat it. (Is there any other color of jello?)

Apple Pie by Tim Gorges, also 5 yrs old

Dough: 6 cups sugar, 11 cups of flour, 5 teasp salt, 60 teasp pepper, 640 cups wheat, 5 cups of water, 6 cups of milk, 9 eggs. Roll up; get the roller and roll out. Put in on a towel or cookie sheet or pan. Filling: 5 apples, 4 crackers. In a cake pan, cut apples in half. Mix them with a spoon and mash with knife. Put in crust. Cook in oven 5-6 minutes at 710 degrees. (This kid is a serious baker no doubt!)

Carrot Cookies by Micheal Arndt, 5 yrs old

Carrots, 2 teasp flour, 3 teasp sugar. Roll them up and then cut them off the ends. Bake them on a great big pie pan. Then eat um. (Must be the quick version, I’d say!)

And for the grand finale we have Brownies by Nathan Patry who was only 4

Nuts, whole bunch of chocolate. Beat it for a long time. Put in pan. Bake 20 minutes. Then put on napkin and put it on the table and eat it. (I like the part about eating it the best.)

And did you hear the one where the neighbor asked the small boy if his family said prayers before meals. His reply was “No. We don’t have to. My mother is a good cook”.  :D Gotta love kids!

Hope you enjoyed, I know I did!

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