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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Summer Sandwiches

Banana Sandwich

There are two variations that our family eat. There are more ways to make a banana into a sandwich then the ways that we eat them in our home. Here are the two that we eat.
On one side of the bread spread a liberal amount of peanut butter. On the other half spread a small bit of butter on it. Peal the banana and then break it into halves. Slice in lengthwise and place the slices across the bread and then put the other slice buttered side inside. There you have it. Simple but delicious.
The other variation is just use butter on both sides.
Other variations could include sprinke cinnamon sugar on the peanut butter and then put the two side together wtih the banana in the middle.

Vidalia Onion Sandwich

 My mom used to love these vidalia onion sandwiches.  She would eat them many times during the summer.
She would just spread two slices of bread with mayonaise and put a large thick slice of raw vidalia onion in between and eat it just like that!
I can eat cooked onion but raw seems to give me an upset stomach.  I don't know how she could eat them like that.

Raw Ground Beef Sandwich

Most people will tell you that this is dangerous and can give one worms and all kinds of things. can tell you that my father ate these many, many times during his life and he never got anything from them.  He started eating them when he was a teen and now he is over 60 and still eats them!
All he did was take two slices of bread and put a handful of raw ground beef between them and add salt and pepper.
I wouldn't ry this but he says they were delicious and he has never gotten sick from eating them..

Tomato Sandwich

This is a very good sandwich to make from fresh tomatoes from your garden.  The best kinds of tomatoes are Beefsteak Tomatoes for this sandwich.
I take two slices of bread, spread them with Miracle Whip, put a thickly sliced tomato on it, add a bit of sugar and salt and pepper.  They are so good that I often have two of them.  You can add a slice of onion from your garden and some lettuce too, but I prefer it with just the tomato.

© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere

Orange and Cranberry Bar Cookies

How Cranberries Grow

The cranberry is a Native American wetland fruit which grows on trailing vines like a strawberry. The vines thrive on the special combination of soils and water properties found in wetlands. Wetlands are nature's sponges; they store and purify water and help to maintain the water table. Cranberries grow in beds layered with sand, peat and gravel. These beds are commonly known as bogs or marshes and were originally formed as a result of glacial deposits.

In Massachusetts we call the place where cranberries grow a BOG. Natural bogs evolved from deposits left by the glaciers more than 10,000 years ago. These deposits were left in impermeable kettle holes lined with clay. The clay prevents materials from leaching into the groundwater. Rocks and other organic materials were collected by the glaciers. When the ice finally melted deposits of heavy materials were layered on top of the clay.

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What You Will Need

1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
6 Tbsp vegetable shortening
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup cranberries, chopped fine
3/4 cup orange marmalade
2 Tbsp butter, at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup pecans, ground fine
1 Tbsp milk
2 Tbsp diced cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 13x9" baking pan. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, cream the shortening and sugar. Beat in the eggs. Beat in the cranberries and marmalade. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Spread dough evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until firm to the touch.
Make the topping. In a medium bowl, cream the butter and powdered sugar then add the pecans and then the milk. Spread the topping over the warm cookies and then sprinkle the diced cranberries over the top. Cool in the pan on a wire rack before cutting into bars.
NOTE: Refrigerate these bars once they have cooled. Serve them with whipped cream. Makes 1-2 dozen depending on how big you cut your bars

© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Variation of the Chicken Salad Wrap Recipe

Bob Evans was selling delicious Chicken Salad wraps during the summer. I don't know if they still do or not now, but I did try to make it like they had theirs. I tried several times and although I came close it didn't taste the same as the one that I had in that Bob Evans. I do know they have recipes floating around on the Internet that copy the recipes from famous restaurants, but I wanted to try to make it on my own.

One of the reasons that I didn't get it to taste the same was I constantly didn't have the right ingredients or I did but not at the same time. I gave up on that after a little while.
I did finally make a recipe that I liked and would like to share it. Oh and by the way, I am not good at dressing up a plate to make the dish look good.

Chicken Salad Recipe to Stuff in a Wrap

2 - 3 Chicken Breasts
1 teaspoon of Minced Garlic (the kind that is in a Jar)
1 Chicken Bouillon Cube
Put all above ingredients into a pot and cover with enough water to cover the chicken. Boil on meduim until done--about 1/2 hour or you can simmer them for about an hour until done. It is up to you.
While this is cooking:
Chop 1/2 cup of celery and one small tart apple.
When the chicken is cool enough to handle cut it into small pieces or just pull it apart.
Add the above ingredients and about 3/4 cup of raisins.
Add about 1 cup of Ranch Style Salad Dressing. I have also used about 1/2 cup of the Bacon Ranch Dressing with the regular Ranch Dressing and it tastes very yummy.
Mix all these together and refrigerate to let the ingredients mingle.
To make the wrap:
Put about three heaping Tablespoons of the Salad onto at Large Tortilla. Fold up the bottom and hold the tortilla down on each side of the Salad. Now take the right side and fold over the salad and then the left side over the top like in the picture on the right.

© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere