Tomato Soup Salad

Want to save some time on a four course meal by combining the soup and salad courses? Here’s your chance. Use this tomato soup salad recipe to get the job done.

1 can tomato soup
1 3-oz box lemon jello
1 c cottage cheese
1 c Miracle Whip salad dressing
1/2 c chopped celery
1/2 c chopped green olives
1/2 c chopped onions

Heat the tomato soup and then add the lemon jello. Stir until the jello is dissolved and then add all of the other ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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A Few Thoughts on Asparagus

If you are looking for a nearly carefree vegetable crop that is rich in vitamins A, C, E, folate and iron, asparagus is the crop you may want to consider. Besides being rich in the above, green asparagus is a rich source of rutin, a flavanoid that is a potent anti-oxidant and a scavenger of free radicals. Besides these listed benefits, green asparagus also contains relatively high levels of protodioscin, which is said to reduce bone loss and increase sexual desire (whoda thunk).

Along with the health benefits, asparagus is also economical to grow. Plant it once and with proper minimal care and fertilization  you will enjoy the benefits for 20+ years. Space plants 18 inches apart in rows and in a few years they will be ready for harvest. The spears of most asparagus varieties start to ‘open’ at temperatures over 70ºF so they need to be cut short, not exceeding 5 inches. Spears that ‘open’ early become tough and woody. Harvest should begin when the heads are tight and before the ferns emerge.

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The White Coat Doesn’t Make The Doctor

Once again, I can’t remember what is being pushed down our throats when I see the ‘we’re TV doctors’ ad on television, but I do think of this story.

A gorgeous young woman is lying on a gurney in a hospital corridor prior to being taken down to the operating room. A young man wearing a white coat comes over, lifts up the sheet and looks at her naked body before discussing his findings with two other men in white coats. The second man lifts up the sheet to examine her. But when the third man comes over and lifts up the sheet, the young woman loses her temper.

“Are these examinations absolutely necessary?” she asks.

“I’ve no idea,” said the man. “We’re here to paint the ceiling.”

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Rabarber Suppe

It may be a little early weather-wise for some of you to start thinking about harvesting fresh rhubarb, but with the high 70’s and low 80’s we’ve been experiencing, my mouth is watering. Here’s an old Norwegian recipe for rhubarb soup (rabarber suppe).

1 lb rhubarb
2 qt water
1-1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
Sugar to taste
1 egg yolk
1/2 c thick cream

Cut rhubarb in small pieces. Cook until soft, rub through sieve and return to fire. Add cornstarch which has been mixed with a little cold water. Cook until clear and thickened. Add sugar and beat in cream which has been whipped with egg yolk. Serve with rusks.

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Been in Early Childhood Education Too Long?

When Pickle Queen came across this list of questions to ask yourself if you’ve been in early childhood education too long, not long enough or if you’re ready for retirement, she said she had to answer ‘yes’ to a lot of them. You don’t have to be in early childhood education to answer these questions. Simply answer yes or no to each item and see the analysis of your score at the end.

  • Do you murmur “no cuts” when a shopper squeezes ahead of you in a checkout line?
  • Do you move your dinner partner’s glass away from the edge of the table?
  • Do you ask if anyone needs to go to the bathroom as you enter a theater with a group of friends?
  • Do you hand a tissue to anyone who sneezes?
  • Do you refer to “snack time” instead of ‘happy hour’?
  • Do you ask quests if they have remembered their scarves and mittens as they leave to go home?
  • Do you say, “I like the way you did that” to the mechanic who repairs your car?
  • Do you say, ‘Are you sure you did your best?” to the mechanic who fails to repair your car?
  • Do you sing the “Alphabet Song” to yourself as you look up a number in the phone book?
  • Do you say everything twice? I mean do you repeat everything?
  • Do you fold your spouse’s fingers over the coins as you ask him/her money?
  • Do you ask a quiet person at a party if he/she has something to share with the group?

If you answered yes to more than two of the above, you are hooked on little children. If you answered yes to more than half of them, you’re probably beginning to think about retirement. If you answered yes to more than ten, you’ll have children in your heart forever, retired or not.

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A Shared Office Complex

Every three months when I have an appointment with my nephrologist I think of this story, as he shares an office complex with several other doctors.

An elderly gentleman went in to see a urologist who shared an office complex with several other doctors. As usual, the waiting room was full of patients with various ailments. The receptionist was a large, imposing woman, who said to him is a very loud voice, “You want to see the doctor concerning impotence, right?”

All of the waiting patients heads turned toward him. Hugely embarrassed, the old man recovered his composure to reply in an equally loud voice, “No, I’ve come to inquire about a sex change operation. I’d like the same doctor that did yours!”

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Greek Kapusta Soup

With quite a  few packages of cabbage in the freezer, I am always on the lookout for new ways to enjoy one of my favorite vegetables. Here’s an easy recipe for a cabbage soup.

1 head cabbage, shredded
2 onions
1 green pepper
3 slices bacon
2 cans stewed tomatoes
2 cans pork and beans

Cover shredded cabbage with 2 inches of water; cook. Saute onion, pepper and bacon. Add to cooked cabbage. Add tomatoes and pork and beans. Simmer for 1-1/2 hours.

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