Monday, April 30, 2012

Cabbage Salad?

Have you noticed how dishes are called by different names in other areas of the country?  One reason is the influence of our diverse heritage.  But, those dishes were also called by other names in days gone by.  Take cabbage salad for instance.  Ever heard of it?  This comes from a 1910 cookbook and it's the same recipe we've used in the hollow for years.  We just call it slaw!

Cabbage salad is possible at all seasons of the year, and should be one of the first that the child should learn to make. Insist on getting small, perfect heads, and have the leaves removed one at a time, examined closely and washed as carefully as lettuce, for fear of worms. After chopping finely, the desired quantity is to be seasoned with salt and pepper and served on the small, tender white leaves, with the following dressing:


To half a cup of thick sour cream, add half a teaspoonful of salt, a teaspoonful of sugar, a dash of black pepper, and two teaspoonsful of strong vinegar.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Woodman, Spare That Tree!


Woodman, Spare That Tree!

Woodman, spare that tree!
Touch not a single bough!
In youth it sheltered me,
And I'll protect it now.
'Twas my forefather's hand
That placed it near his cot;
There, woodman, let it stand,
Thy ax shall harm it not.

That old familiar tree,
Whose glory and renown
Are spread o'er land and sea—
And wouldst thou hew it down?
Woodman, forbear thy stroke!
Cut not its earth-bound ties;
Oh, spare that agèd oak
Now towering to the skies!

When but an idle boy,
I sought its grateful shade;
In all their gushing joy
Here, too, my sisters played.
My mother kissed me here;
My father pressed my hand—
Forgive this foolish tear,
But let that old oak stand.

My heart-strings round thee cling,
Close as thy bark, old friend!
Here shall the wild-bird sing
,And still thy branches bend.
Old tree! the storm still brave!
And, woodman, leave the spot;
While I've a hand to save,
Thy ax shall harm it not.

George Pope Morris.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Hollow Suppers

I think Mom had a million ways to use ground beef.  In the days when it was cheap, she could really stretch a food budget with it.  I thought you'd enjoy one of our favorites.
Oriental Steaks
1 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
4 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Mix ground beef with salt, pepper, garlic, 1 teaspoon of soy sauce, ginger, and lemon rind.  Shape into patties - one pound should make 4 patties about an inch thick.  Mix the rest of the soy sauce with the lemon juice. Brush part of the sauce mixture over the patties, reserving some for basting.  Broil, basting and turning patties half-way cooking (about 7-8 minutes each side) until well done.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Buying a House

Thanks for the article from Jermaine Haynes

Buying a house is more work than I thought it would be. I knew it would be harder than renting, but I didn’t think it would take up this much of my time. I guess part of the reason it has been so hard on me is because I couldn’t even find a house that was up to my standards. I can be picky and a perfectionist. I knew which neighborhood I wanted, but I couldn’t seem to find a house big enough for us. When we finally found one and closed on it, it was such a relief. Then we had to start dealing with moving in. For the most part we had nice furniture and we only needed to add some décor pieces. I went to directv and got us connected with TV and internet, and my husband made any repairs that we needed. It took us a while, but we finally got everything done and are happy to finally be in our new home. I can’t wait to have our housewarming party so all of our friends can see it!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Now is the time…

Old Luton House May 2010
Easter memories have been flooding back to me lately.  I remember hunting Easter eggs with my cousin when we were both hardly bigger than the baskets we carried.  And, coloring Easter eggs with my brother, the smell of vinegar hanging in the air.  MaMa always made a coconut cake that was so moist she used toothpicks to hold the layers together.  She also made this delicious potato salad that was more like mashed potatoes than the chunkier kind I make today.  That recipe is lost to time.  
I’d like to step back in time and have us all together once again.  But, now is the time for new memories.  We can’t spend so much time looking back that we forget to enjoy today.  So cherish your memories of good times, but look at what you have in front of you right now.  Enjoy it.  Embrace it, because nothing lasts forever.
Have a blessed day.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Easter in the Hollow

Can you believe it's almost Easter already?  Where has the time gone?  We've had such warm weather in the hollow that everything has bloomed early.  Still, it's hard to believe that we're ready to start coloring Easter Eggs again. I remember the year in the hollow that we couldn't find any Easter Eggs.  Mom got so frustrated and started searching all her hiding spots herself and couldn't find them either.  She finally realized our family dog, Candy, had followed behind her that morning and gobbled up the eggs.  The next year, Mom hid the eggs much higher!
Do you remember Easter Baskets you received as a child?  I still love making them and including some homemade goodies.  When you can't be there in person though,, is a perfect solution.  They have the traditional Easter Baskets along with a wonderful selection for the rest of the family.  I love the idea of the fruit basket for older relatives.  It's a great way to let them know how much you're thinking of them at this special time of year. 
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