Thursday, January 28, 2010


I remember when we bought our first Microwave. It was sometime in the '80s. There was a big snowstorm and most of the roads were closed in our area. We had planned a New Year's Eve get-together at my parent's house but it was cancelled because of the snow and closed roads. We decided as a family to cross-country ski down the lane (about 1/4 mi.) to my parents house and surprise them on New Year's Eve. We enjoyed merry-making anyway on New Year's Eve. Later that weekend we skied to Blackers, a large furniture store near my parent's house and bought our first microwave oven. When we took it home, we didn't have experience using one so we warmed chocolate chip cookies and maevelled at its usefulness. Over the year's I have learned of its versatility and can't imagine living without one now. I have included two of my favorite recipes.

Brown about 8 slices of bacon cut into 1 inch pieces
Place in the bottom of a microwaveble dish (about 8x8) along with the following ingredients to make a "crust".
1 c. of swiss cheese ( or whatever you have, I usually use cheddar.)
1/2 c. minced onion (can be browned in bacon grease if desired)
Whip together and pour over "crust" mixture in dish:
4 eggs
1 can evaporated milk
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Cook uncovered in microwave on high for 10 minutes or until set. Stir every 3 min.


Brown and cook about 5 min.
1 lb. ground beef
2 small cans tomato sauce
1/2 can mild enchilada sauce ( We don't like things very spicy at our house but you can adjust to your taste.)
1/2 onion, chopped fine
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/4-1/2 tsp. cumin
Heat 6-8 tortillas ( I like flour tortillas but I have used corn tortillas and they are good too.) Fill each tortilla with refried beans, gr. beef and tomato sauce mixture and grated cheese. Reserve some sauce and grated cheese to spread over the top. Cook on high for 9 min. or until heated through.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Carrot Cookies

Both Hailey and I were tired of sweets after Christmas but it only took a day or two to get over so we made cookies. These cookies are different than the usual cookie and the orange frosting is a good midwinter choice, though they don't taste like carrot cake.

Orange Carrot Cookies

1 c. shortening 1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. sugar 2 c. sifted flour
1 c. cooked, mashed carrots
1 egg 2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add carrots, egg and vanilla. Mix well. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to carrot mixture. Mix well. Drop by large teaspoonfuls on greased baking sheet. Bake in 350 degree oven about 20 minutes. While warm frost with Golden Glow frosting.

Golden Glow Frosting
Combine the juice of 1/2 orange, grated rind of 1 orange, 1 T. butter or margarine and 1 c. sifted confectioner's sugar.

These cookies don't taste like much without the frosting but I think they are delicious with the frosting.

Friday, January 8, 2010


This week Hailey and I are back to cooking. We made Lasagne. This recipe contains no ricotta cheese (which I don't care for) and was shown to me by Ralph's mom. It is an easy dish to serve company. You just have add a green salad and a baguette or frenvh bread and you have a delicious meal.

Grandma Kern's Lasagne
Brown two lbs. ground beef in large skillet. Saute diced onions and cekery with the ground beef. Add 1 jar of prego tomato sauce to ground beef mixture in skillet. (I like the kind with vegetables in it.) Heat through. Boil 12-15 Lasagne noodles according to package directions. Layer in 9x12 casserole dish as follows:
-A little Pam on pan to prevent sticking.
-cooked lasagne noodles in a single layer to cover bottom of pan
-a layer of ground beef and tomato sauce mixture
-spoonfuls of cottage cheese
-grated mozzarella cheese
Continue making 3-5 repetitons of layers. Cover top of casserole with plenty of mozzarella cheese and a little Paemesan cheese if desired.
Bake until heated through and cheese is melted and bubbly.
Ralph looked forward to this all day and enjoyed eating it. We had it with fresh oranges, sent to us from Craig Casgneto, a friend who lives in Nampa.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Christmas Leftovers

We had a wonderful Christmas at the cabin! There was not as much snow as usual (about 16 inches) and it was very cold. (about -16 degrees) - so much so that Emily and Chad had frozen water pipes and got water from our cabin.
Each family made a wonderful contribution. The highlight for me was when Emily got out her violin, Sara her cello, Josie played the piano and Ashtyn sang Christmas songs. It felt just like "the olden days" when we used to practice for programs. It was familiar right down to somebody yelling at everyone to be quiet so they could count. For me, it was wonderful.
Each of the son-in-laws contributed a specialty to the Christmas menu. Blake made crab and prime rib. Chad made a deep fried turkey. And Jay made Barbecued Ribs. The best part was all the leftovers. We have been dining on them since. They are even better than at Christmas because we can have them singly for a meal without confusing the palate or being too full.
Each of the families got a little snowmobiling in including one day when Jay's brother and family came up from St.Anthony with an armload of more Christmas goodies. Sara and Jay and brother Jeff and Jenny went out and celebrated dual wedding anniversaries while grandma and grandpa (mostly grandpa) babysat kids. The kids went together and got us a new flat-screen TV for the cabin. It came in handy to keep kids occupied.
We got a call from Ben Christmas Day. I have the best family ever!