Susan’s Ham

 

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Honestly I have no idea who Susan is, but her ham is delicious.

  • Ham
  • Whole cloves
  • Dijon mustard
  • Brown Sugar
  • Apple Juice
  • 8 ounces of figs
  • 8 ounces of prunes
  • 8 ounces of other dried fruits
  • Port

Score ham and press in whole cloves.  Cover ham with Dijon mustard. Pat with brown sugar. Baste with apple juice. Cook at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

soak figs, prunes and dried fruit in a good port while it cooks. Pour over ham and 1/2 hour more. Serve fruit and juice hot with ham.

Black Magic Cake

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  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup strong black coffee
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour one 13x9x2-inch baking pan.  Combine sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in large bowl.

Add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes.  Pour batter evenly into prepared pan.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire racks. Cool completely.

Frost.

Farmers Breakfast

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  • 6 medium Yellow Finn potatoes
  • 1/4 pound bacon, chopped
  • 1/4 pound ham, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 4 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup half & half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Dried parsley
  • 1/3 cup grated cheddar cheese

Bake or boil potatoes. once cool, peel and slice.  Cook bacon, ham and onion in a large sauté pan.  Add potatoes. Brown well. Add mushrooms and tomato.  Cook five minutes. Blend egg, half & half and other ingredients. Transfer meat and potato mixture to a large baking dish. Pour egg mixture over it evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until firm and light brown. Serve.

Snickerdoodles

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  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups flour, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix together all ingredients thorough salt thougherly. Chill dough. Roll into balls the size of a small walnut.  Roll in mixture of sugar and cinnamon. Place about 2 inches apart on baking sheet.  Bake until light brown at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, but still soft.  These cookies will puff up at first, then flatten out with a crinkled top

“Chico Hot Springs (Pray, MT)” Inspired Spinach Salad Dressing

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  • 4 bacon slices
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 teaspoon Italian herb blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons half and half
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh spinach in bite size pieces
  • 2 1/8 inche thick onion slices
  • 1 hard boiled egg, sieved

cook bacon and crumble. Blend mayonnaise, Italian seasoning, garlic and sugar.  Add oil and vinegar, the half and half.

Toss spinach and onion in a large bowl with enough dressing to taste.  Sprinkle with bacon and egg.

“Colophon Cafe” Inspired Mexican Corn & Bean Soup

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  • 1 medium finely diced onion
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 15 ounce cans drained red kidney beans
  • 1 24 ounce can vegetable juice
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/3 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1 pound bag frozen corn
  • Sour cream
  • Tortilla chips

Sauté onion and garlic in a little olive oil in a large pot.  Add tomatoes, beans and vegetable juice and heat to a slow boil.  In a small bowl mix together chili powder, sugar, pepper and cumin. Add a bit of hot water to form a paste.  Add to pot. Add corn and heat to a slow boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.

Garnish with sour cream and tortilla chips if desired.

Anchovy Butter

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Anchovies are one of the most misunderstood ingredients out there. People literally fear these little morsels.  They are vital though for a traditional Caesar Salad and they have a multitude of other uses besides being a despised pizza topping. This butter is a great accomplishment on a steak, chicken, tossed in pasta and even on some strong flavored fish such as salmon.  You can soak the anchovies in white wine or milk to reduce the saltiness if desired

1 1.75-oz tin of anchovy fillets
1 Pound of butter, softened
2 shallots, finely chopped
½ cup chopped flat leaf parsley
½ cup pimentos, diced

In the bowl of a food processor with a steel blade, place all ingredients. Pulse until ingredients are uniformly distributed throughout the butter.

Lay a 16-in length of waxed paper on a clean work surface. Place all the anchovy butter ⅓ of the way up the paper. Fold the end nearest you up over the butter and roll to form a uniform 2 inch cylinder. Tightly wrap ends. Wrap again with plastic wrap and place in freezer.

Cut 1/2 inch off the cylinder and place on your grilled medium-rare steak or other uses.

Basic Pizza Dough

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 envelope (1/4 ounce) of active dry yeast
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

In a small bowl dissolve the sugar in warm water. Sprinkle the yeast over the water gently until it dissolves. Let stand in a warm place for 5 minutes.  Combine 3 cups flour with the salt in a large bowl.  Make a Well with the flour and pour in yeast mixture and oil. Stir until dough just starts to hold together. Knead dough until it is smooth and springy. Let dough rise 1 hour. Cook on a baking Stone at 500 degrees.

Variations:

Cornmeal Dough: Substitute 1 cup cornmeal for equal amount of flour.

Cracked Pepper Dough: Add 3 tablespoons cracked black pepper while kneading dough.

Curried Dough: Add 2 tablespoons of curry powder with the salt.

Focaccia Dough: Increase salt to 2 teaspoons and water 1 1/2 cups.   Omit the Olive oil from mixture, brush rolled out dough with olive oil.

Herbed Dough: Add 3 tablespoons minced fresh herbs or 1 tablespoon of dried herbs.

Seeded Dough: Add 1/4 cup of sesame seeds or poppyseeds while kneading dough.

Spicy Dough: Add 2 tablespoons paprika and 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper with the salt.

Sweet Dough: Add 1/4 cup of sugar with the flour and reduce the salt to 1/2 teaspoon. Use flavorless vegetable oil instead of olive oil.

Whole-Wheat Dough: Substitute 1 cup of whole-wheat flour for an equal amount of white flour

Christmas Mousse

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  • 1/4 box gelatin (1 envelope)
  • 1 pint cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup good sherry
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries, sliced

Soak gelatin in a cup of cool water for 1/2 hour.  Whip cream and add sugar and slowly pour in sherry.  Mix gelatin into the cream mixture.  Add and stir in vanilla, almonds and maraschino cherries.  Let stand overnight in the refrigerator.

Banana Bread

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  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup Walnuts

Cream butter and honey until light.  Beat in eggs, banana, water, vanilla.  Stir together dry ingredients. Stir into mixture, blend with as few strokes as possible. Stir in 1 cup of walnuts and place in greased loaf pan.  Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.