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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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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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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Elephant Tracks

Call them elephant tracks or elephant ears, they’re good eats!

1 c scalded milk
4 tsp shortening
1/2 c sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 pkgs dry yeast
1/2 c lukewarm water
2 eggs, beaten
5 c flour

Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup lukewarm water. Combine milk, shortening, sugar and salt. Cool to lukewarm. Add yeast and eggs. Stir in part of the flour and BEAT VIGOROUSLY, (this is important) and add rest of flour. Dough should be soft. Turn out on well floured board and let rise 10 minutes. Roll dough to about 8×12 inches, about 1/4 inch thick. Brush with butter and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon mixed together. Roll up like jelly roll and cut in 1/2 inch slices. Roll and slice on waxed paper covered with sugar and cinnamon mixture. Turn slices over and over, rolling each side until very thin. Put on greased baking sheets and let rise 30 minutes. Bake at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes. Remove from pan immediately.

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Chill Hours

You’re thumbing through the newest seed/plant catalog you’ve just received and decided that you may want to plant a peach tree or two this spring. While looking at the varieties available you see: Contender ‘Needs 1,050 chill hours’, Elberta ‘Needs 850 chill hours’, TruGold ‘Needs 600 chill hours’, etc. The first thing that runs through your mind might be ‘What the heck are chill hours?’ You’re in luck. Here’s the story on ‘chill hours’.

It widely known that the Southeastern states is the best area in the U.S. to grow peaches. But growing peaches is not as easy as one might think. The most important item in establishing a peach tree, or a peach orchard, is correct variety selection. Over the winter, each variety of peach or nectarine must collect a set number of hours of temperature being below 45 degrees. They will not begin the blooming process until this set number of hours has been accumulated. Once the pre-determined number of chill hours has been accumulated, they will start to bloom rapidly. Thus, while a low chill hour variety tree will grow quite well in the Northern states, its blossoms and buds will almost always be frozen and the chance of fruit ruined by the frost.

As the temperature varies from year to year, the total accumulation of chill hours will also vary. If the required number of chill hours below 45 degrees is not reached, peaches and nectarines will not set fruit or if they do, it will be very sporadic. Along the Gulf and Centeral Atlantic coast states, select varieties with a chill range of 350 to 650 hours. For states north of these areas, select varieties with 700 or more chill hours so they will bloom later in the spring. Check with your local extension office for publications that show the number of chill hours for all areas of each state. On line, go to http://www.extension. org and select the link to your state and area for the exact number of chill hours required.

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Diabetic Baking Powder Biscuits

Besides being a waffle lover, I’m also attracted to baking powder biscuits. Here’s a good recipe for other diabetics as well as all baking powder biscuit enthusiasts.

1 c all-purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp butter or margarine
6 Tbsp milk

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. With a pastry blender cut in butter or margarine. Add milk and stir until flour mixture is dampened.Drop batter on lightly greased cookie sheet (1/4 cup measure). Bake at 425 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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