TRIED ’N’ TRUE: Caramel apple cake an alternative to just apples
This is the season for caramel apples. I love them. But I don’t get them. They are hard on the teeth, at least mine. I guess that is why I like this cake. And with apples in season now, it is so easy to make.
RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS: Oct. 21, 2013
The Vigo County Health Department inspected the following food establishments from Sept. 30-Oct. 4:
TRIED ’N’ TRUE: An old trusted jerky recipe
This jerky recipe is old. My grandmother would dry it in the oven. I have a dehydrator. I have done the drying both ways.
- RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS: Oct. 14, 2013
TRIED ’N’ TRUE: A homemade recipe for summer sausage
I have been asked how to make summer sausage or jerky. With deer season upon us, I thought I would start with sausage.
This sausage is really good with the holidays coming up. You can also use hamburger if you don’t want deer meat.
TRIED ’N’ TRUE: Mother used paw-paws; today we use bananas
When we were young (there’s five of us), we couldn’t afford bananas very often. But we went to the woods to gather paw-paws. If you don’t know what paw-paws are, they taste like bananas.
TRIED ’N’ TRUE: A well-loved and well-used cookie recipe
Boy, this recipe has been used so much! I love this recipe. Lemon is one of my favorite flavors. I’ve taken this to nursing homes, church dinners and reunions. For nursing homes, don’t put in nuts. Make sure everyone knows if there are nuts in the cookies.
RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS: Sept. 23, 2013
TRIED ‘N’ TRUE: This casserole recipe is great when used with zucchini
This is another recipe from Mary Hunter. I’ve tried this zucchini recipe and it was so good. We all liked it.
Husband Gene had carrots and green onions in his garden, so I used them. You can also use regular onions.
RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS: Sept. 16, 2013
TRIED ‘N’ TRUE: It’s close: Use zucchini for Mock Apple Butter
Jim Hunter has given me so many of his wife’s recipes. With zucchini being so plentiful this time of year, I thought I’d share one of them. Jim found a scrapbook where she had collected recipes. She has written whether they are good, Jim’s favorite, or a “no-no.”
Restaurant Inspections: Sept. 9, 2013
Food Inspections: Sept. 2, 2013
The Vigo County Health Department inspected the following food establishmens Aug. 12-16, 2013
TRIED ‘N’ TRUE: Cool down with this Paper Cup Salad
When summer heats up, we want something to cool us that isn’t unhealthy for us. I have fixed this salad for years. I took it into the fields when our boys were small and later when our grandkids worked the fields.
TRIED ‘N’ TRUE: Take this Grape Salad to a picnic
A couple of years ago, we had a picnic at a friend’s home. Someone brought salad. Boy, was that good. Everyone was asking who made the salad.
Then we all wanted her recipe.
RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS: Aug. 12, 2013
The Vigo County Health Department inspected the following food establishments July 22-26:
TRIED ‘N’ TRUE: Here’s the perfect dip to use with lime chips
Amanda Condit gave me a cookbook from her church called “Pleasures from the Good Earth,” by St. Mary’s Parish & Friends. I love this dip for chips. But it calls for the lime chips. Since I didn’t have them, I used the regular ones. As grandkids say, it’s a keeper.
TRIED ‘N’ TRUE: Glazed (fresh) pineapple on the grill
This recipe is good for get-togethers. Using fresh pineapple is so much better; be sure to remove the core.
TRIED ‘N’ TRUE: Grandmother Grace’s 5 Cup Salad recipe
When I was young, my grandmother, Grace Nichols, always made this 5 Cup Salad. She used to take it everywhere she went. When my kids came along they ate everything in it but the coconut. They said they didn’t like coconut. Well, she cut it so fine they couldn’t detect it.
TRIED ‘N’ TRUE: Try this Spaghetti Salad for a quick summer meal
Don’t know how I came up with this recipe. I have used any size spaghetti, even the spaghetti squash. Make this and let it set for three or four hours or over night. You can adjust the veggies to your taste.
TRIED ’N’ TRUE: Fresh foods and delectable dressing top the summer diet
With fresh vegetables coming on and plentiful, I thought I would have recipes that I have used for years and also my kids and grandkids have grown up on.
TRIED ‘N’ TRUE: A refreshing ice cream dessert for a hot summer day
The church women conduct a meeting once a month, and about two years ago Marjorie Shafer had the group come to her home.
She had fixed refreshments for after the meeting.
We all enjoyed this dessert. It had been a very hot day, so this was refreshing.
TRIED ’N’ TRUE: A good choice for reunion, Fourth of July party
I have no clue who gave me this recipe. I have used it for years. It’s quick and easy. Got a reunion coming? What about a Fourth of July get-together? This is easy and quick. It doubles easy for a 9- by 13-inch pan.
Try out your recipe at Indiana State Fair
Got a special recipe you just know is worthy of an award? Try it out in one of the Indiana State Fair’s recipe competitions.
Advance registration is required by July 1. The fair runs Aug. 2-18.
RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS: June 17, 2013
The Vigo County Health Department inspected the following food establishments May 28-31:
TRIED 'N' TRUE: Fix this Oven Fried Chicken ahead of time
When my brother Gary’s wife got breast cancer, he needed something he could fix ahead of time to throw into the oven when it was time to fix supper after Kathy’s treatments.
TRIED ’N’ TRUE: A Bar-B-Que recipe from my brother, Mark
My brother Mark lives in California. He does a lot of cooking. Both of my brothers are great cooks. (I’m the oldest of all my siblings.) Mark gave me the Bar-B-Que recipe.
TRIED ’N’ TRUE: Use any fruit in this coffee cake
This is the season for cherries. This recipe comes from Mary Hunter. She got it from Mildred Funk. It’s very easy. If you have your own cherries, make it as if you are making pie filling.
Enter baking contest at Vigo County Fair
Get your entries ready for the 2013 King Arthur Flour Baking Contest at the Vigo County Fair. Entry time is noon to 2 p.m. July 8 in the Community Center (Floriculture Building) at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds.
Restaurant Inspections: May 6-10
The Vigo County Health Department inspected the following food establishments May 6-10:
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