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Daddy the Cookin’ Man

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

My mom took notation of the German dish “Streudela” that Darren enjoys making, here it is:

German Streudela – Darren’s Recipe

In a large mixing bowl, combine the following ingredients:
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 heaping teaspoons baking powder
2 or more eggs
½ cup (approximately) milk, to make a soft, biscuit dough.

Knead the dough until smooth, then roll as thinly as possible on a floured surface.
Filling for streudela:

2 pounds ground beef, sautéed
Garlic salt to taste
1 pound bag sauerkraut, drained
Bacon bits (or 1 pound bacon fried and crumbled)

Rub oil on flattened dough.
Put filling in a line on dough; roll up to encase the filling and seal the edges. Slice that portion off, and continue making rolls of filled dough.

In an oval roaster pan, place the following ingredients to fill the pan half full:

4 to 8 peeled, chunked potatoes
3 large onions, sliced
A little oil
Water to cover potatoes and onions

Lay streudela on top of potatoes and onions mixture. Cook on low, covered, for about one hour.

When it starts to smell burned, it’s done, because that means the water has all evaporated.
This is delicious ‘left-over.’ Heat the streudela up in butter in a frying pan.

Thanks, Mom, for writing out this recipe that Darren describes as a make-it-up-as-you-go-along project. I know he sure enjoys making it and changing the ingredient and process a little here and there. Each time he sets out to make it he reminds me that the very most important part is to never take the lid off until it starts to smell burnt which will signify the proper completion of cook time.

He sets it out with sliced cucumbers in ranch dressing mix per his dad’s common practice.

lights out!

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Funny isn’t it how black seems so much thicker when the power’s out?

My kids got to experience that for the first time tonight and it brought me back to my childhood. Deeder was a little freaked out at first then decided that the whole situation was pretty funny. Carly on the other hand figured she’d better up the volume on her fussy baby voice–the darkness didn’t make her harder to find!

Thankfully Grandpa and GrammaMomma are fully prepared with plenty of flashlights.

Here’s a picture preview of Daddy’s cooking project to be featured in tomorrow’s post.

We made Icecream

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Vanilla Ice Cream

Preparations: 5 minutes, plus 20 – 25 minutes chilling time; optional 2 hours to ripen.
Makes ten 1/2 cup servings.

1 cup whole milk, well chilled
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups heavy cream, well chilled
1 – 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, to taste

In medium bowl, combine the milk and granulated sugar. Whisk until sugar is disolved, about 1 – 2 minutes on low speed.

Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla to taste.

Turn machine on, pour mixture into freezer bowl through the ingredient spout

And let mix until thickened, about 25 – 30 minutes.

Variations include Mint Chip, Butter Pecan, and Cookies & Cream. Since we didn’t have all of the ingredients for any of those alterations we stuck with plain ole vanilla.

It turned out really yummy! We couldn’t help but take little scoops out while the icecream was still mixing. :D
And, as you can see, Deeder completely enjoyed trying to drink the bits of heavy whip and vanilla that were left after we put the concoction in the icecream mixer.

Simple Fun

Friday, April 4th, 2008

Tuesday morning we had rain all day. The weather guy said that it would continue on through the afternoon and into the evening. Thankfull, it didn’t!
Since he said it would, and he usually is right, I planned for an inside day. Painting, cooking and whatever else seemed like fun.


Cooking with Mr. Deeder as my right hand man is super fun, well, if we pick the right project!
Our recent favorite is Simple Granola. It’s perfect for doing with children–few ingredients and very straight forward.

Deeder’s favorite part is the stirring and tasting. When he’s a little older he can help with the counting and measuring!

Here’s the recipe:


Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Combine in large mixing bowl:
3 cups whole wheat flour
6 cups rolled oats
1 cup shredded coconut
2 teaspoons salt

Blend together separately:
½ cup water
1 cup oil
1 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla
Add blended liquids to dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Spread out on 2 greased cookie sheets and bake 1 hour, or until dry and golden.
Store in covered containers.

First we got all of our supplies together:


Then Mommy putting the ingredients in their mixing bowls for Deeder to test taste!

The dry ingredients:

(whole wheat flour, rolled oats, shredded coconut, salt)


The goopy sticky stuff:

(water, oil, honey, vanilla)


My helper handling the mixing:


All mixed, divided into pans and ready to bake!


While the granola was baking we cleaned up the kitchen, loaded the dishwasher, started a load of laundry, vacuumed and swept. Then settled down in the TV room to watch Shrek and take a snooze.


PS: I don’t know what’s up with that last picture…I put in a snap of Deeder lying down watching TV and it shows this yard picture. Hmm. Sorry. Very weird.

Caramel-Nut Corn

Sunday, January 27th, 2008


Today’s the day we signed up for After Morning Service Cookie Duty. Last week Sherri, the deacon’s wife, made absolutely delicious brownies, glazed donuts and some kind of cookies that I didn’t try since I took two brownie bars and a donut!

I decided to bring crackers and cheese, M&M peanut butter cookies, and caramel-nut corn. And a couple kinds of juice. The only real projects of those items is the corn. It’s super easy to put together but takes constant stirring while in the oven so that the caramel wont stick to the bottom of the pan.


12 cups unsalted Popcorn

3 cups walnut halves, pecan halves or unbleached whole almonds

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup stick margarine or butter

1/4 cup light corn syrup

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

You just pop the corn, mix all the other stuff together in a pan on the stove top–when it’s done, drizzle it all over the popcorn which is spread out on two large pans and placed in the oven for an hour at 200.

Deeder loved the popping corn part but couldn’t understand for the life of him why Mommy got to shuffle around the popcorn every few minutes. First off, I was using one of his most adored items to stir (a spatula) something that he loves to eat (popcorn). Second, if “hot” is so dangerous, how come Mommy could touch and he couldn’t?
Anyway, it turned out beautifully and he did get to snack on some when the hour was finally up!

The really good news is that people couldn’t stop eating the popcorn :D
I have about half the cookies left over, which isn’t what I wanted to have happen! They were good, but no where near as tasty as those donuts and brownies last week.