- Sunday, October 5, 2008
Grandma's Kitchen: Autumn brings out apples
I just came in from cleaning the garage, which is a job I hate above all others. So for lunch I'm rewarding myself with two beautiful big brown eggs scrambled in a little BUTTER! I'll have two pieces of crunchy toast and sliced tomatoes from my deck garden -- and top it off with a juicy Bartlett pear and some hot coffee. Ah, yes -- life is good. Later this evening I'm making my first apple pie of the season; it's part of the rite of passage into fall.Continued ...
- Sunday, September 14, 2008
Grandma's Kitchen: A delicious Blessing Way
Many of you wrote asking about the Blessing Way we were having, wanting to know more about what is involved. It is an experience that goes so deep for me that it's hard to translate into words. There was a wee sprite there (18-month-old great-granddaughter) who loved every single one of us ...Continued ...
- Sunday, August 31, 2008
Grandma's Kitchen: Alaskan price perspective
I have some encouraging news for those of you who are lamenting the escalating food prices. That's about all of us isn't it? Well, take heart, I just read the prices from a grocery ad in Alaska and was really jarred. The rural areas where the wages are the lowest are the hardest hit.Continued ...
- Sunday, August 17, 2008
Grandma's Kitchen: Family and vinegar
What a good morning! I really enjoy meeting new people and today I hit the jackpot. Thanks to an R-E column I was contacted by a lady who grew up where I did in Arkansas those many years ago. Our phone visits have been so much fun and I will be meeting she and her husband in person this coming Sunday. Isn't it great to meet someone you've shared a common experience with, even though you didn't know them at the time?Continued ...
- Sunday, August 3, 2008
Grandma's Kitchen: Curious news
When you start doing food research you might say along with Alice in Wonderland," This is getting curiouser and curiouser." As more attention is focused on the science of food and nutrition the news from last year has given way to new revelations and discoveries this year. I'm sure there is no end in sight as the research speeds up and continues. It has become a branch of the medical field and practice, and it's high time it did! Pardon the old cliche, but the object seems to be that "we are what we eat"Continued ...
- Sunday, July 20, 2008
Grandma's Kitchen: Hot days & fresh veggies
Summertime and the livin' is easy. You can supply the musical notes. Don't you love it? If I were playing the old word-association game, I'd say, "Long, striped, sugary watermelons, juicy peaches at the peak of perfection ... and a big basket of red tomatoes with a salt shaker and a bib."Continued ...
- Sunday, July 6, 2008
Grandma's Kitchen: Chicken's neck or our own?
What a different world we live in from the one my mother and even I knew 75 years ago. I stood in the cereal aisle of the supermarket yesterday and scratched my head. Whatever happened to just cornflakes, shredded wheat and Quaker oats? There should be recliners in strategic places to sit and read the numerous boxes and study the many exciting trinkets hidden among the sugared stuff to entice the children.Continued ...
- Sunday, June 22, 2008
Grandma's Kitchen: The safety of plastics
As I sit down to write I often wonder what other writers think about as they try to hit upon a topic. Getting to know so many of you over the last five years has been a real plus. Sometimes I just feel like this is a personal thank you for being so faithful.Continued ...
- Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Grandma's Kitchen: A perfect birthday
Have you ever felt so happy that you would just like to push the stop button and freeze your life right there for a long time? I hope so. That's what happened to me on my birthday. My four daughters all got here at the same time, which seldom works out because of our weird schedules. Here they came, loaded with wonderful food of all kinds, flowers, coffees and goodies.Continued ...
- Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Grandma's Kitchen: A meatloaf worth doubling
Yesterday while shopping I bought a little cornbread mix on sale, and I'm wondering if you might like to try my meatloaf recipe with the cornbread crust. This would be great with a crispy green salad and a baked potato. You might like to double it. I do.Continued ...
- Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Edna Shaffer: Earth Day's coming up
Writing this column ahead, trying to project my thoughts from our snowbound landscape to one of early spring is quite a stretch. My thoughts are turning to Earth Day on April 22, and I'm hoping yours are too, especially if you have children in your home.Continued ...
- Monday, March 3, 2008
Grandma's Kitchen: Supper better with good news
Our family uses the words "dinner" and "supper" interchangeably. I grew up where we had supper in the evening. It was a much smaller meal than dinner, which was always at midday. One night last week our family was making small talk around the supper table, when out of the blue our lives changed forever.Continued ...
- Monday, February 4, 2008
Grandma's Kitchen: 50-calorie snacks can satisfy
Happy Valentine's Day, President's Day and Ash Wednesday. I've been trying to come up with a symbolic food that would cover all three of them. How about a red (Valentine's Day) cherry (Washington's Birthday) pie with a chocolate cross (Ash Wednesday) on top? Not clever, eh? Do you have a better idea? I'm waiting.Continued ...
- Monday, November 26, 2007
Grandma's Kitchen: Memory lane paved with cookies
To dunk or not to dunk. That is the question. It's 4 a.m. and I am sipping a cup of hot fresh coffee strong enough to not just destroy the tooth enamel, but to take out the tooth, roots and all. I wish I had something to dunk in it to cut the bitterness.Continued ...
- Monday, September 3, 2007
Edna Shaffer: Home canners get moving now
Freezing and canning have long been a big part of my life and I'm happy to say my girls have inherited my love for it.Continued ...
- Friday, August 10, 2007
- Of surprise birthdays and traveling grandsons