Edited by Ruth Berolzheimer, Director, Culinary Arts Institute; Published in 1952 by Consolidated Book Publishers, Chicago
Rare indeed is the day when a modern housewife could not find in her refrigerator all sorts of odds and ends in the way of food.
Mr. Big Food has begun working on putting some recipes from the Encyclopedia of Cooking into The Big Food Manual. When he told me the next up in this series of cookbooks was “leftovers,” I didn’t understand. But I do now. Continuing from above,
And it is these leftovers that challenge the imagination of the alert homemaker. She has learned the importance of their utilization for food value as well as economy. She knows, for instance, that the liquids from cooked or canned vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals; and so they go into cocktails or soups instead of down the sink. She has become aware of the value of saving everything from pea pods to grapefruit and melon rinds and of preparing and presenting them at the table with eye and appetite appeal.
I’m not sure what’s to be done with the leftover melon rind, but here is a small sampling of what to do with “leftover tidbits.”
Mashed potato balls: leftover mashed potatoes and a lonely egg yolk + dab of butter, baked at 400*
Cheese puffs: rounds of bread toasted on one side, buttered on the other; leftover cheese + egg yolk + stiff egg white; spread on buttered side, broil
Lemon sherbet: water + sugar + lemon juice + leftover egg whites
Curds and cream: sour milk + nutmeg + heavy sweet cream + sugar. You can use a colander lined with cheesecloth if you do not have a curd press.
Prune whip pie: “Use leftover prunes for prune whip pie and the apricots left from lunch to garnish the dinner chop plate.”
There are 495 more delicious dishes from leftovers in this little pamphlet type cookbook.
What’s more, there are 23 more volumes in the Encyclopedia of Cooking series!
200 dishes for children
Volume 23 is “Facts About Food. A complete handbook of 2,000 culinary facts that belong in every kitchen.” Volume 24 is “Menus,” 3 X 365 of them.
Crappy old stuff. I love it. (Although I think I’ll pass on the curds and cream, thank you.)
Very crispy. I’ll need to ask Mr. Big Food what was translated!
“Marie Novak Matejka. Translated by Jannie Petter, Sophie Edmundson, and Helen Vrla.”
MAREN’S SUPREME BONELESS CHICKEN BREASTS
Chicken breasts, deboned
Milk (to soak boned breasts)
Salt, pepper, paprika, to taste
Homemade bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten into a little milk and chopped parsley
Butter or shortening (for sautéing breasts)
Preheat oven to 325o. Soak chicken breasts in milk, the longer the better. Remove, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika, roll in flour, dip in egg-milk-parsley mixture, roll in bread crumbs, and fry in hot fat until golden brown. Place in a greased baking dish and bake 30 minutes.
We mammals are all bi-laterally asymmetrical, each in our own special way.
Rocky is no different than the rest of us. His right eyelashes are black; his left, white. When you look at Rocky’s face in this and other photos, do you have a tendency to look more at one than the other eye? Is it the background? What if the brindle more or less surrounded his left eye?
I regret that I did not begin to measure Rocky as soon as he joined our family. By measuring his ear-to-tail length over time, I would have been better able to predict his final size. Under near-optimal conditions, the trajectory of mammalian growth can be described and predicted. If I’d measured him, I’d know where he is in time (now) on his little trajectory.
Based on observation alone, I don’t think Rocky is going to achieve the stature of a pure Staffordshire Terrier.
Rocky is a barreled-chested bi-laterally asymmetrical mutt.
The beans with paprika look like a big glob here but they were very good. Paprika:Bean was excellent. (As is the custom, recipe tomorrow.) The breading on the boneless, skinless chicken breasts was so light it fell off as soon as it was touched. So tasty.
I had the fortune of sitting in a physician’s office this afternoon. Via the canned television, I was informed that “crispy” was “code for fattening.” I’m not kidding. I also saw some interesting “estimated” statistics from the Mississippi Department of Health printed on a piece of paper and scotch-taped to a door. I read the individual words, as they were presented left to right, to Mr. Big Food.
We try very hard to be on our best behavior when we go to The Big Cities. But honest to God, you’d think the folks in The Big Cities could at least try to write properly.
The quickest way from Tupelo to the Farm is the Trace. It was kind of a miserable misty January day; I don’t think the temps were over 50. Other than the eight deer who crossed the road in front of me in a residential neighborhood in Starkvegas, nothing exciting happened.
I like my chicken and my shrimp extra-CRISPY. Thank you.
Car owners with a television are 27 percent more likely to suffer heart attacks than people who have neither, according to a global study on physical exercise and heart disease published Wednesday.
It’s hard to know where to begin. The article tells us that the lead researcher is “Claes Held, a professor at Uppsala University in Sweden” and that the study was published in “the European Heart Journal.” We are also told that the study covered “more than 29,000 people in 52 countries.” Isn’t that nice? A sample that represents 4/1000th of 1% of the population.
Of course, there’s no actual link to the study, or even any real citation information. But here’s all you need to know from this scientific study– at least all the unnamed author of the article thinks you need to know. All emphases mine.
(Information on Mississippi also below the fold.)
Held and colleagues also investigated whether owning an automobile, motorcycle, stereo, TV, computer, land or livestock influenced heath outcomes.
“Subjects who owned a car and a TV” — 25 percent of the respondents in poorer and middle-income nations, and two-thirds in rich ones — “were at higher risk of myocardial infarction,” the medical term for a heart attack, the researchers concluded.
Careful throwing those medical terms around. (Why is poor relative and rich absolute?)
Possessing these coveted consumer items made it about four times more likely in poorer and middle-income countries — and twice as likely in wealthy ones — that people would be sedentary, especially at work.
Let me see if my poor stupid Mississippi brain has this right. Owning a car and a television causes– that’s what it says, “made it”– the probability that people will sit down at work to increase.
What if you own more than one television set? Are you then 2X four times more likely to sit at work?
The implication, in other words, is that TVs breed couch potatoes, and motor vehicles discourage walking.
That’s some stretch, isn’t it? This isn’t just science– this is ROCKET SCIENCE! (And how about those TVs spitting out couch potatoes when no one was looking!)
“If we want to support healthy longevity, we should put a stop to the pandemic of sedantism,” Emiline Van Craenenbroeck and Viviane Conraads, both of Antwerp University Hospital Belgium, noted in a commentary in the same journal.
Expert commentary. I take it you both were walking to work while you penned that proclamation? Of course not. You take the train.
According to the New America Foundation, 8% of Mississippians have heart disease, putting Mississippi at #3 (bad) among the states. According to the Centers for Disease Control, between 2000-2006 the average annual mortality rate due to heart disease in Mississippi was 597 per 100,000 population. US average was 428.
Stupid common sense suggests that if more Mississippians did more walking and less television watching Mississippians would be a healthier lot. But just how, exactly, are the experts going to “put a stop to” our sitting instead of walking? Are they going to come and take my TVs? My truck, too?
ROTFLMAO. Can’t you just see that? Some expert Belgiums coming to Mississippi to take away our TVs and trucks.
Let’s think this through a bit more. I’m guessing here, but I’d bet the number of people in Mississippi who don’t own or have access to a car is greater than the number who don’t have a television in the place where they live. So not counting the number who have no car and no TV by choice (some Oxfordians, maybe?), my guess would be that Mississippians with no car and no TV have a lot more strikes against them with respect to heart disease than those who watch TV and drive. If you look at the map at the CDC link, you might be tempted to think living in The Delta causes heart disease.
I truly wish this “study” had been conducted by “researchers” in the US. I’d have loved to see how big their grant was.
2 C stock (preferably homemade—see recipes in Basics section)
1 tsp salt
½ C cut green onion tops
Brown rice in oil until deep, dark brown. Add stock, then celery, bell pepper, and garlic, and let simmer together until all vegetables are softened. Add shrimp and cook 5 minutes. Add red pepper and salt, add rice, cover, heat to boiling, reduce heat, and simmer covered about 20 minutes. Stir once very carefully, reduce heat as low as possible, and steam 30 minutes. Add parsley and green onion tops before serving.
There’s a smudge on my camera’s lens. Sorry ’bout that.
This is interesting, we thought. Jambalaya with no tomatoes? No ham? Neither Mr. Big Food nor I understood until we saw it. It’s beautiful. With no tomato distraction, the translucent onions and cream colored rice make a wonderful background for the shrimp. The green onions make everything “pop” as we used to say. Whoever came up with this recipe– and Mr. Big Food has no idea where he got it– certainly had an eye for food presentation.
Oh. Right. It was delicious! LSU may have lost but we won Big.
“The best source for heirloom vegetable, flower and herb seeds.”
This is the final installment of the short series on seeds companies I shop. (I’m a customer, nothing more.) Heirloom Seeds…
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Below the closing is the logo for the American Cancer Society.
I’ll keep checking back. Meanwhile, let me comment that one of the things I like very much about Heirloom Seeds’ website are the downloadable tables on Planting Guides and Germination Rates and so on. All are available here.
There are not very many good grocery sales in April—think self-denial. No body wants to advertise indulgence during Lent.
There are some good non-grocery items on sale in April. Daylight Savings Time brings sales on batteries, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide monitors.
You can pick up hams half price, on sale for Easter dinner. Pick up a few because hams tend not to go on sale very often. April and December are the two months when you can find half price ham. So make sure you buy enough to last you through Christmas.
The premise of Creekmore’s post is simple, “By knowing what goes on sale when, you can save a lot of money at the grocery store.”
While I was fretting over my act of stupidity (deleting photos from the blog) and then later paying attention to Tibow, Mr. Big Food was fixing a fine Sunday Supper–Oven Barbequed Beef for Sandwiches, and Spicy Green Bean Salad.
Tonight Mr. Big Food is making jambalaya from a recipe he’s never made before. I’m excited.
Jambalaya– because, you know, if we have jambalaya LSU will win. It’s called “thinking scientifically,” don’t you know?
OVEN BARBEQUED BEEF FOR SANDWICHES
Enough for about 12 sandwiches, but easily multiplied
3 lb lean beef roast
1 Tbsp plus ½ tsp liquid smoke
Hot oil (for searing roast)
10-12 oz prepared barbeque sauce (see recipes in Grillin’ … section)
¼ C water
3 Tbsp onion, chopped
½ C chili sauce (preferably homemade—see recipes in Basics section)
2 tsp prepared mustard (preferably homemade—see recipes in Basics section)
½ tsp garlic salt
1 Tbsp sugar
Dash Worchestershire sauce
Good sandwich buns (preferably homemade—see recipes in Baked Goods section)
Sprinkle roast with 1 Tbsp liquid smoke and let stand 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 300o. Sear roast on stove top in small amount of hot fat in Dutch oven or stock pot. Place meat in roaster, cover, and bake 30 minutes. Remove from oven and stir in half of the bottle of barbeque sauce, water, and onion flakes. Recover and return to oven, cooking 3 hours or until roast is very tender. Remove meat and slice, chop, or shred (however you like your barbeque for sandwiches). Pour remaining sauce in roaster into Dutch oven and stir in remaining ingredients (except buns), including ½ tsp liquid smoke and remaining half bottle of prepared barbeque sauce. Stir meat into sauce and simmer on stove top about 20 minutes. Serve warm on buns.
SPICY GREEN BEAN SALAD
1 quart cooked fresh or frozen cut green beans, or canned (drained)
1 Tbsp red onion, chopped (or more, to taste)
1 C Ro*tel, drained
1 tsp sugar
¼ C mild vinegar
2 Tbsp mayonnaise OR any creamy salad dressing (preferably homemade—see recipes in Basics and this sections)
Salt, pepper OR Creole seasoning, to taste
Mix all ingredients well, and either chill or serve. Mix before each serving.
14 ½ oz stewed tomatoes, Italian style (undrained if canned, but preferably homemade—see recipes in Basics section)
6 oz tomato paste (preferably Italian style)
½ tsp dried oregano, crumbled
¼ tsp dried thyme, crumbled
¼ tsp pepper
2 C water
2 C chicken stock OR vegetable stock (preferably homemade—see recipes in Basics section)
1 C quick-cooking rice
¼ C pesto (preferably homemade—see recipes in Basics section)
Shredded Parmesan cheese
In 3 ½ or 4 quart slow cooker, combine onion, carrot, celery, tomatoes and juice, tomato paste, oregano, thyme, and pepper. Stir in water and stock. Cover and cook on low heat setting for 8-10 hours, or on high heat setting for 4-5 hours. Stir in rice, cover, and let stand 6-7 minutes or until rice is tender. Stir pesto into soup, ladle soup into bowls, and sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese.
We do rely on the sale of seeds to fund our work, but our primary mission is to protect seeds. One of our tools for doing this is through education and dissemination of information.
What I like about Victory Seeds
— Beans. There are 77 bean varieties! Everything from dry (bush & pole) to green (bush & pole) to lima to fava to butter. And beginning this year, soybean seeds– 17 varieties!
— Breadth of selection. Although there’s some redundancy in the list (corn is also listed as maize) there are about 52 different kinds of vegetable seeds, as well as flowers, herbs, and tobacco.
— Depth of selection. Many of the vegetable categories include two or more pages of different varieties. For example, there are two pages of corn/maize seeds– many of which I’d never heard of. Likewise for cucumbers.
— Herbs. Fine selection. Remember, these are all heirloom seeds!
— Packaging. Plastic within paper. I talked about why this is so important when I reviewed New Hope Seed Company.
— Packet information. The outside of the packet includes general information (seed spacing, etc.) and also information specific to the variety. This is useful.
— Kits & Collections. Including, but not limited to, the “Canned Victory Garden” which, if I’m reading between the lines correctly, they were reluctant to make available. Read about it here.
— Information. There’s tons of it on the website, including some very practical information on “Preparedness” or “Victory Gardens.” I especially liked the identification of “ISVs™” Important Survival Vegetables.
— Safe Seed Pledge signer. No genetically modified seeds, no chemical treatment of seeds
What you may not like about Victory Seeds
— If you are buying seeds only, the website should suit you just fine. If, however, you want to soak up some of the very useful and interesting information on the site… settle in. You may not but I find it rather cluttered. The exception to this is the “Information” page which is very well organized.
— Missing information? Despite the wealth of information on the site, I cannot find “the packet plants approx. one five foot row” stuff. The number of seeds per ounce/gram is at each individual seed’s page, but if you are a novice gardener who has no idea just how freakin’ many cucumbers you’ll get if you plant a gram of seeds (25-30)… well, happy pickling!
I’m pumpin’ dum-dum bullets through a hot .44 That my brother brought back from the Vietnam War Last that he told me was you’d better shoot straight Guns made America great
A semi-automatic with an infrared scope Can come in mighty handy when it’s gettin’ hard to cope When the neighbors start complainin’ and the hour’s gettin’ late Tell ’em guns made America great
Guns made America big and strong No one’s left to save us, John Wayne’s gone Everybody’s pickin’ on the N.R.A. Tell ’em, guns made America great
If everyone wore pistols, the rate of crime would drop And we could all sleep easier, no need to bother cops So let’s get armed and dangerous before it’s too late Guns made America great
Guns made America big and strong No one’s left to save us, John Wayne’s gone Everybody’s pickin’ on the N.R.A. Tell ’em, guns made America great Guns made America great
Lyrics, from Pinkard & Bowden’s Guns Made America Great, found here.
Mr. Big Food tells me that the album on which this song was originally recorded is out of print and no longer available, but Sony has a free download of the song. Not a problem for us. The original Guns Made America Great is on #3 of The Redneck Collection.
Long before Mr. Big Food started working on Big Food, he began The Redneck Collection.
It started as a set of seven CDs– just an eclectic mix of American music. It’s grown to over 50 CDs’ worth of Americana.
It’s hard for me to describe the character of the mix. Old Texas tunes– Willie early on and Red Stegall later. Classic Mojo Nixon (e.g., Amsterdam Dog Sh*^ Blues). A lot of old old sing-along Gospel. Jerry Jeff. Lynard. Conway. Young Dollie. I’m giving the impression it’s all country-western, aren’t I? Bruce brings Blueneck to the Collection. Geeze, there’s even some Kid Rock in the original Collection, and a cameo by the Stanford Marching Band! Duh. Elvis. Cash. Carter-Cash. Tom Petty. Janis & Me & Bobby McGee.
[Gosh dang it. I just had to repeat the same argument Max & I made to Mr. Big Food years and years ago. There is only one repeated– perfectly repeated, same exact– song on The Redneck Collection. AND IT STAYS THAT WAY. We settled this years and years ago.]
More than anyone except Mr. Big Food himself– and several others have been involved, A. Leland comes to mind– Max has been there through all the years of The Redneck Collection. Back in the day, he contributed more than one CD’s worth of songs, somewhere in the late teens to twenties, if I’m not mistaken. (It’s in our will. Kat gets Big Food. Max gets The Redneck Collection.) It’s because of Max’s research and help that Mr. Big Food is now transferring all of the music on these CDs to an mp3 player. Emphasis on now. Which is why I am waxing so nostalgic now, looking at the “playlists,” as Mr. Big Food goes through the numbers.
Redneck #1: “Our kind of music”; Little did we know.
We had all manner of “rules” about The Redneck Collection when it grew beyond 13 CDs. No exact duplicate songs, with one exception (17. “Slow Train Bound for Georgia”). As you can see, we named the individual CDs but the rule was that the name had to be a lyric, not a title. That rule soon changed. #26 was named “Jesusland.”
Back in the day, a lot of us had great fun with The Redneck Collection. One year, I devised a board game: Redneck Collection Trivia. Here’s a sampling of the questions:
Q: How many versions of Poncho and Lefty are there?
Q: If one were to seek true salvation, where would one look?
A: Jesusland #26
Q: The “hardcopy” of CD #24 went missing. Where would you go looking for it?
Q: What is the saddest song on the RNC?
A: Doug Stone’s, “Slow Train Back to Georgia”
Q: What is the most pathetic (pathos) song on the RNC?
A: Gary Allen’s “Bourbon Boarder Line” (alt. answer “Hillbilly Heaven”)
Q: As luck would have it, song 1 on CD 1 couldn’t have been a better lead-off song for the RNC. What is its title? [In the beginning, Mr. Big Food allowed some music program to randomize the order of tunes, and turns out– swear to God– this was the very first randomly selected song.]
A: “Redneck Games” by Jeff Foxworthy. I’ve quoted from this before. Faleen done got herself an electric dryer. Q: What CD is informally titled “Max grows up”?
Q: Who was the first Professor of Philosophy to contribute a song?
A: Tom Polger
~~ And a new Q: What song carried Mr. Big Food and I through 2009? A: Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Mississippi you’re on my mind”
There are times when Mr. Big Food puts a # in the CD player– he knows just what one– and we dance. Not often. But it happens a few times each year.
Today I wrote a check for $53.50 to a junk/*Antique* store in my nearby town. $50 went to product, three dollars and fifty cents went to the state of Mississippi, and some portion of that will actually be put back on the books of the town in which I purchased my product. The numbers are reported in my weekly newspaper. “Sales Tax Receipts.”
Anyhoo, I paid for it but wasn’t prepared to take this piece of furniture back to the farm at once.
I have no receipt.
I am 100% confident (a meaningless assertion) that there will be a new used piece of furniture at the farm tomorrow, receipt or not.
Can you, with confidence, say the same? If you paid 50 bucks for something that you didn’t walk away with, do you expect what you paid for to be waiting for you?
Tomato rice soup with pesto in a slow cooker, garnished with Parmesan, photographed the way Kat instructed me to photograph food
This was an outstanding soup. I’ll post the recipe tomorrow. UPDATED: Here it is.
I want to first characterize this soup. (I do this for me. I can’t possibly remember all of these soups if I don’t write about my impressions.) I’ll begin by reporting that I came across a great big chunk of German Green Tomato. Even after several months in the deep freezer, I can taste the difference. That’s Big. The carrots and celery were store-bought. The peppers were homegrown. The Minute Rice (insert trademark thing here) that was tossed in after many hours of slow cooking sopped up some liquid and provided some starch. The pesto of homegrown dried basil and whatnot was a nice flavor addition.
By happenstance, it turned out to be a truly outstanding soup for a warmish evening in January in Mississippi. Not all January evenings are warm in Mississippi.This one was, and so we enjoyed a beer with friends on the balcony of a bar in downtown not Oxford before we returned back to the Farm and Contestant #5, an outstanding soup.
This is the 5th entry in The Fall/Winter Soup Contest. Mr. Big Food asked me where I ranked it.
So, first of all [BEGIN ARGUMENT], after the first two, we hadn’t been ranking. It was the previous winner vs. this night’s contestant. (There’s been some distension. I think we were tied going into tonight’s supper.) But I thought about it, and I ranked it #4. Keep in mind that we make the rules up as we go along.
It’s an excellent soup, but it doesn’t cut it in the Fall/Winter Soup Contest.
It would stand a decent chance in the Late Winter/Early Spring Soup Contest. In April, substitute home grown carrots and garlic, some celery that’s overwintered. Change cooking time to accommodate brown rice.
It was an excellent soup. I am just not seeing how it surpasses the more traditional Fall/Winter Soups.
On the other hand, Mr. Big Food puts this soup at the top of his list of soups. He considers it a Soup Contest. Okay. Fine. Then explain to me why we disqualified Leftover Turkey Gumbo and Across the Garden Soup.