1970’s Chex Mix Garbage

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This picture screams 70’s.  The hair, the clothes.  What do you think of?  Fleetwood Mac or the Eagles, Steven Stills, maybe Saturday Night Fever?  When I married my boyfriend it was to have and hold until death do us part and to make his Mom’s Chex Mix. Now mind you those were the days before cholesterol and low salt foods. If you are looking for a healthy snack have an apple.

Ingredients

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  • 4 cups Rice Chex
  • 4 cups Corn Chex
  • 2 cups Wheat Chex
  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 tsp Seasoned Salt
  • 1 tsp Lawrey’s garlic salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 12 Tablespoons Butter…. yes  I know that is  1 and 1/sticks butter
Melt butter add seasonings and salt

Melt butter add seasonings and salt

Pour melted butter over cerea dtirl and bake at 250 degrees stirring evey 15 minutes, Check after 35 minutes.Drain on paper towels.

Pour melted butter over cereal stir and bake at 250 degrees stirring every 15 minutes.  Check after 35 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

Sit back and enjoy with your favorite beverage…..and remember to” Love the One Your with” Steven Stills

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Overnight Crockpot Apple Butter

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This recipe calls for  16 to 20 large apples.  My apple butter was made from fresh from the orchard Jonathan apples.  I bought 1/2 bushel and used the rest for apple pie.  If you cannot find Jonathan apples make sure they are cooking apples. Granny Smith or Honey Crisp do not work well as they are better for eating. Robin

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Ingredients

  • 16 cups thinly sliced apples such as Jonathan or McIntosh
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp  clove
  • Crock pot that has high and low settings

Wash and dry apples.  Thinly slice and core unpeeled apples into crockpot that  is unplugged.  You will need a gallon or 16 cups.  Add 3 cups sugar and stir.  Let sit overnight.  The next morning add 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp cloves and turn on low.  If your crock pot does not have a high and low function then you will have to use the stove because the apples will burn. Cook 5 to 6 hours on low until apples have cooked down.  The last hour leave the top off of the crock pot letting some of the water of evaporate.

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Run through a food mill separating any skins that may not have cooked down.  This recipe makes 7 pints.image

 

French Apple Pie

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Preheat oven to 350 degree

  • 6 cups apples, preferable Jonathan or McIntosh
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2  tbsp flour
  • one unbaked deep dish pie crust

Topping

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
Peel core and slice 6 cups of apples into a large bowl

Peel core and slice 6 cups of apples into a large bowl

To apples add 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 2 tablespoons flour

To apples add 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 2 tablespoons flour

Place apples into a 9 inch deep dish unbaked pie crust

Place apples into a 9 inch deep dish unbaked pie crust

Mix together with pastry blender 1/4 butter 1/2 cup packed brown sugar and 1/2 cup flour

Mix together with pastry blender 1/4 butter 1/2 cup packed brown sugar and 1/2 cup flour

Roll mixture into a ball. If too dry add more butter one teaspoon at a time.  Roll between 2 sheets of waxed paper.  Important step!  Chill rolled topping in refrigerator for 10 minutes or you will have a gooey mess,  Carefully remove one layer of waxed paper and place over pie filling. Trim edges with fork.  Bake 350 degree oven for 55 to 60 minutes.

Cool and enjoy!

French Apple Pie

French Apple Pie

Robin’s Victory Garden Cookbook

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Gardening is not just about growing plants, its also about food. Glorious fresh nothing artificial food.  Food straight from your yard to your table food.  Knowing where your food comes from and exactly how it has been grown is more important than ever. Americans have grown food for hundreds of years and need to remember how we got here.

My mother, my grandmother, and my great-grandmother were more than cooks they were food enthusiasts.They passed their love of cooking to me.I have inherited hundreds of recipes printed on those 3×5 index cards.  No computers or printers each card handwritten like a little love note to me. Each original recipe taste tested by generations of friends and family. I have decided  to share them for home use not to be copied for public distributions.

Just a note, food has changed over that last 50 years.  I have adjusted recipes for today’s kitchen..  The margarine sold today is a far cry from from the margarine my Mom cooked with.  Flour from the 1900 was made from soft winter wheat  bleached and had a low protein content. If you are trying to recreate an old heirloom cake or cookie recipe  try using bleached flour It makes for a finer lighter textured product. Sea salt is great but tends to have larger crystal. Using a finer salt like Morton is best for an old recipe. Milk has undergone the largest transformation 1%, 2%, organic,non GMO, lactose free and soy milk, were not sold in stores during my Great Grandma’s lifetime. Grandma Fehlman got her milk from a cow.  Simple, organic from pasture raised cows.Try using organic whole milk.  It is as close as you are going to get to fresh milk unless you know a diary farmer.

Lastly cooking is emotional.  Comfort food- we all know what it is and we all carry different memories,  Mushroom meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy with green bean casserole  remind me of my childhood home.But the smell of Baked Apple Kuchen floods back memories of Granny and I having fresh cake with hot tea in china cups.My hope is to help recreate some of those special memories through bringing basic traditional recipes.

For my family, these are the recipes you know and love. May they bring special memories to your families too. I promise to have coffee breaks, eat cake, and drink tea from special china cups with your children too.  Happy Cooking!  Love Mom

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Bio

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The gardening bug bit me when I was 7 or 8.  Dad started a vegetable garden in the back yard. The mail order company always included free seeds which he gave to my sister and I ( I am on the right)  The seeds were the flowers, cosmos and zinnias. I threw them in the ground and that was it until one day my Granny came to visit.  “Robin come see what you have grown!”  It was  probably July or August and imagine to my surprise flowers.

Fast forward 18 years.  Mom and Dad bought a small farm raising everything from apples to sheep. PBS had started a new series the” Victory Garden”. It was on every Saturday sandwiched between” This Old House”and ” Julia Child”.  Their garden exploded including 100 apple trees.  Homestead Orchard was created.They started a little store out of one of the outbuilding selling vegetables, dried flowers, and the most glorious home grown apples. This is were I learned everything about plants.

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Daffodil

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Daffodil – those beauties that announce spring is here.  They are the very first sign that winter is over.  Planting them now assures plenty of blooms for years to come.  Carefully dig holes or a trench 5 to 6 inches deep and spread a little bonemeal, cover with soil and your done.  Squirrels never seem to bother these bulbs. Try them you will be surprised how  easy planting bulbs can be.

Tulips

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Now is the time to plant bulbs. Planting is easy.  As long as they are planted tips facing up, five to six inches deep.  Plant groups of the same color to provide masses of color. Bonemeal is sold at most big box stores and is an excellent fertilizer for tulips.  Cover and forget about them.  Next spring you can be sure they will be a welcome sight.