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Mac and cheese was my favorite food when I was a kid. It may still be. This recipe originated (in my life) with my grandma, and was known as "Grandma-Mac," mostly to differentiate it from its popular cousin "Kraft Mac." My dad makes a mean "Daddy-Mac," and ever since I’ve learned how to make it, it’s been "Ruthie-Mac" all the way.
To make 2 reasonable servings or one serving large enough to make yourself want to barf (my personal preference), cook 1 cup of dry macaroni noodles in salted boiling water on the stovetop until al dente.
In another saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter, then whisk in 2 tablespoons of flour and let the mixture cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Add 3/4 cup milk. Heat the mixture until it just starts to simmer, then stir with a whisk to make sure flour and butter get properly mixed in with the milk. Within a minute or two of simmering, the white sauce will thicken. Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in 2/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese.
Mix the cooked noodles with the sauce, top with copious amounts of fresh ground black pepper, and eat in front of the TV, preferably watching Melrose Place.
This recipe scales well to feed a large groups. Make sure to undercook the pasta a little bit, because it will soften some more after you drain it, and you don’t want it to be all mushy.
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Better Homes and Gardens Junior Cook Book
for the Hostess and Host of tomorrow
Revised Edition, Third Printing 1963
Nice condiment. There are 2 pages that have some light stains on them.
Teaches measuring, terms, meal plans
Breads and Sandwiches
Candy and Cookies
Salads and Vegetables
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Betty Crocker’s Cookbook for Boys & Girls, copyright 1975. Published by Golden Press, New York, and Western Publishing Company, Racine, Wisconsin.
I loved this cookbook! I made a lot of the recipes when I was a kid in the 1970s. The recipes are so creative and have great names. Fantastic photography throughout. It made food so much fun!
The best part about this cake was that you got to light his little sugar-cube eyes on fire!
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Are you bored? Do you want to be even MORE bored? Then you can read this!
Last year, I made a mosaic that summarized my year in photos. It was fun to look back, so I decided to do the same thing this year.
January (PHOTO – Blackwater Falls in the Winter):
January of 2007 was an unusually warm month. The ski resort where I live had to close down for a few days because it was too warm to even make snow. Adam and I went to our cabin in West Virginia over Martin Luther King weekend. Normally, Blackwater Falls is covered with hanging ice. This time, the water level was higher and the flow was slushier than I’ve ever seen it before. We got a little snow later in the month, but it was short-lived and the weather warmed up again. We tried to make the most of the warm spells, and spent quite a bit of time hiking in Shenandoah National Park.
February (PHOTO – My First Shot with My 10-20mm Lens):
In February, I started taking lots of food photos and posting them on Flickr, along with recipes. I did this mostly because I was bored with photographing my dogs and birdfeeders. It turned out to be a great way for me to keep all my recipes organized. For Valentine’s Day, Adam gave me the Sigma 10-20mm lens I’d been wanting. He gave it to me first thing in the morning. I was so excited that I went outside in my pajamas and snow boots. I wanted to play with the lens so badly I couldn’t be bothered to get dressed. I’ve gotten so much mileage out of that lens this year! February was also the month when a gigantic black bear started visiting our deck. It all started on Valentine’s night – we had an ice storm and there was a ton of birdseed and peanuts frozen to the railing of our deck. I had left it out for the squirrels and birds. I guess the bear was hungry and desperate because he climbed onto the deck and was systematically prying nuts and seeds from the ice. When we tried to scare him off by banging on the sliding glass door, he barely gave us a sideways glance. Adam had to open the door and shout at him before he ambled back into the woods. He came back for several nights to come, until he figured out that we were no longer leaving food out. I never got any good photos of him – they were all "bigfoot quality."
March (PHOTO – Crocuses Through the Snow):
Most of March was warm and flowers started to bloom early, only to be killed by an unexpected snow storm. Adam and I spent a lot of time in Shenandoah during the month. I also went hiking with Simplygeeky (her first hike ever) on one memorable foggy day. We had set out to photograph waterfalls in Whiteoak Canyon, but somehow ended up along the Rose River instead. The entire area was shrouded in fog and I think we both got some really nice photos that day. Later in the month, I also made a trip to the National Zoo.
April (PHOTO – Farmland Fog):
I didn’t take many photos in April because Wookie was very sick for much of the month. He ate an IAMS tartar treat which did not digest properly. We spent a lot of the month shuttling him back and forth to vets. We had a snowy Easter, but spring started for real just a couple weeks later. I chose this foggy farm scene for April. It was my favorite shot from the month.
May (PHOTO: Iris):
In May, Adam and I went hiking almost every weekend. We hiked extensively around Canaan Valley, West Virginia. (We spent the last week of May vacationing at our cabin.) We hiked Big Schloss in George Washington National Forest. We did a ton of short day hikes in Shenandoah. Flowers were everywhere during May. On Mother’s Day, my parents brought my grandmother to Skyline Drive and met us for lunch at Big Meadows Lodge. That was the last time I saw my grandmother. She passed away in September.
June (PHOTO – The Grand Tetons):
For Father’s Day, I went on a father-daughter hike with my dad to the old Rapidan Camp in Shenandoah National Park. While I was waiting for him to meet me, I walked around Big Meadows in hopes of finding fawns to photograph. I got very lucky because there were fawns everywhere – including one I almost stepped on because he was camouflaged so well. At the end of June, my parents and Adam and I spent ten days in the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park. It was my first visit to that area. The scenery and wildlife were unforgettable. We’ll definitely go back. We saw all the big scenery attractions. We were also lucky enough to see almost every animal possible – moose, wolves, grizzlies, black bears, elk, pronghorns, bighorn sheep, bison, eagles, osprey, coyotes and lots of mule deer. In fact, we hit a deer with our rental car on the trip, and even now (six months later) I am still fighting with my insurance company about that accident.
July (PHOTO: Swallowtail Butterfly):
My least favorite month of the year is July. It’s too hot, too hazy and feels like it drags on forever. We did a little hiking in July, but spent more time sitting inside in the air conditioning. Bears destroyed my birdfeeders in July — right in broad daylight. I really didn’t take many photos during July because I was so busy sorting through my shots from the Tetons and Yellowstone. In fact, I’m still finding shots from that trip that I’ve never seen before.
August (PHOTO – Red Chairs at the Indian Point-Blagden Preserve):
We escaped Virginia’s heat on our annual trip to Bar Harbor, Maine. I’ve visited that area of Maine since I was a kid. It’s my favorite place in the world. No matter how many times I go there, I always find something new. We hiked, biked, ate lobsters, went whale watching, and I dragged Adam all over the island at the crack of dawn so I could get better photos.
September (PHOTO – Fall Huckleberries at Dolly Sods Wilderness):
In September… my grandmother died, I had a severe attack of vertigo from an inner ear virus, and I found out my brother’s reserve unit was going back to Iraq. It was the worst month of the year. We still managed to get away for my birthday weekend.
October (PHOTO – Slow Down and Enjoy the View on Skyline Drive):
Mid-October is normally the peak of fall color in our area. I kept waiting and waiting for the trees to change, but they waited until the end of the month to do so. Adam and I traveled to Asheville, NC for our 10th anniversary. We had a great weekend visiting the Biltmore Estate and driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The western North Carolina Blue Ridge range is a lot bigger than the Virginia range. A lot of the mountains are around 6,000 feet, which is pretty tall for an easterner. I got a lot of fall shots I liked, but my favorite from October was this time exposure from Skyline Drive. I always amazed by how many people go speeding down Skyline Drive. The speed limit is 35mph in most places, yet cars from D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia go flying by at 55mph. I don’t understand why you would come visit a scenic area if you intend just to fly through without slowing down to enjoy anything.
November (PHOTO – Clouds Over Calf Mountain):
The beginning of the month was autumn’s peak this year. I got up insanely early every weekend to get out and shoot photos. One morning, Simplygeeky and I decided to go someplace new – Sherando Lake. It was so miserably cold and windy, the light was terrible and I was convinced that I didn’t get a single photo worth keeping. I was glad to find a few good shots when I got home, including the one in the mosaic from Calf Mountain. Adam and I were supposed to go out of town for Thanksgiving Day, but we had a sick dog and decided to stay home. I cooked a turkey, even though I don’t like cooking turkey. We were able to spend the morning of Thanksgiving walking along the Massanutten Ridge where it overlooks the Page Valley.
December (PHOTO: Lake Shenandoah Sunrise):
I know the month is barely underway, but I was so happy with my shots from Lake Shenandoah that I decided to make my "year in review" a little early. The only photography project I have left planned this year is my annual pug Christmas photo shoot. I’m hoping that will happen this weekend.
For those of you who made it to the end of this monstrosity of a caption — thank you, you’re very tenacious! You now know more about my year than you ever wanted to. Thanks to all my Flickr friends for taking the time to look at my work and give me your feedback. I have a lot of fun sharing with you all.
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I have several ‘safe’ recipes, dishes I cook (yes all puddings) that I know taste good and work and that I wouldn’t feel ashamed to present at dinner. Well, t’other day all that was thrown into turmoil when my signature dish of crumble was cooked by a friend. His was a thoroughbred crumble whereas mine was a cart horse – and in comparison mine makes you feel like you may in fact have eaten a carthorse. After my crumble most people are rendered immobile for a couple of hours (It may be something that the police should look into using). After his pure-bred version of the same dish I could still have danced a maypole with no fear of a stitch.
So anyway, the recipe was shared; scribbled out in haphazard handwriting, and I wished that I had watched him more closely as he had made the dish rather than glugging down the vino whilst jabbering on about the latest craze amongst kids to set fire to wheelie bins and inhale the fumes. The very thought of getting close enough to a wheelie bin to set fire to it makes me want to wretch; its’ un-ignited aroma is so terrible – I commend their bravery, though I definitely think that is something they will need to have a few mints to cover up afterwards.
I digress… So I have the recipe and I go out the very next day to buy the ingredients try to recreate the dish. I buy all the same brands and measure the amounts properly instead of just pouring out bags of flour and sugar until it just ‘feels right’. The beast goes in the oven and I sit fretting over my wine while I wait. Like a new mother I check it is still breathing regularly, well every time I top up my wine which is 5 minutely. I chew my fingernails as I wait….
It wasn’t the bloody same!
His was all crunchy and caramelized and mine is soggy and heavy and cakey. It was delicious in its own right and in its own incarcerating way but I hadn’t succeeded in cloning his dish.
Why is it we can be given a recipe, follow it to the scribble, do everything they did and yet it come out entirely different?
I think all cookery books could well be rendered irrelevant after this because clearly whatever I cook whilst following Nigella’s recipe is absolutely nothing like what she actually would have produced in between sucking her fingers and gazing seductively at the camera.
I felt terrible pressure to produce a triumphant dish so that I could report back the magnificence of the recipe and my compliments to the original chef – but instead I had to admit failure. Then again, maybe those people who share recipes know that we stand no hope of mimicking their dish, maybe they take pleasure in the fact that no one can do it as well as they can, maybe they doctor the recipe to ensure failure and secure our admiration forever…..
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Health Warning: Palm oil is one bad for you…. (It will kill you eventually…)
Cooking Warning: Once you cook with Palm oil, you want to put some into other dishes. (See above health warning.)
Bruce’s DEATH by Popcorn Recipe (See health warning above.)
1 TBS of Pure Red Palm oil, 2 TBS of any other oil. Heat to smoke point, not "Flash" point
Raw popcorn to cover 2 layers deep. Cover; When most of the Kernels have popped, remove from the heat. Most of the Kernels should have a red coating of palm oil. Salt to taste.
Popcorn Death: For a Double Death, put Melted US butter on top; for a Triple death popcorn, buy some "European Butter", put it on the popcorn.
Bruce’s fast/easy West African Peanut Soup recipe (See health warning):
1/4 cup palm oil;
1/8 cup peanut oil;
Heat, then add to saute: 1 large sliced onion, 5 cloves of Garlic and a handful of fresh peppers, or as much hot pepper flakes, as you can stand. (5 min).
Add and cook to brown: 1 can of tomato paste; 4 chicken legs, or 3 chicken thighs, or (cubed) 1lb of beef, mutton, goat, or venison.
Add a beef flavor cube, and 3-5 cups of water. Cook on low heat for 2 hours, and keep cooking and adding water until 3/4 hour before you want to eat.
Put on water, with the rice, and set to high. Taste soup and add salt to your health level/preference; Put in 4-5 Table Spoons of Smooth Peanut butter. Natural works best, but Skippy’s sugar just adds to the flavor. [To change the flavor & name, at this point: Add Tahini,or Sesame butter, or Pumpkin seed butter,]
When rice starts to boil, reduce the heat to low and cover the rice. Put the Soup in a serving bowl and cover. When the rice is done, uncover, turn off heat and let it "dry" it’s ready. [Uncle ben’s is fine… I can write more on how to cook perfect rice.]
To serve: Put a big pile of rice on a big plate, then scoop a bunch of sauce onto the rice. Decide who gets the best pieces of meat, then give to them. Give the kids the leftovers.
For that one Kid, the ne’he’lopy [Mende slang.], they get the crust at the bottom of the bottom of the pot for rice.
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Jim Adler and Associates volunteered with our Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education Program at Rodriguez Elementary.
Recipe For Success Foundation teaches children to garden with its signature Seed-to- Plate Nutrition Education™ program—a part of its work to combat childhood obesity by introducing children to their food from seed to plate. www.recipe4success.org
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