Some Recipes

I’m a sucker for Christmas.  I like the lights, the tree, the giving (and getting) of gifts, but especially I like that this season is a renewal of hope and an opportunity to share our time, talents and help with others, especially the less fortunate.

Since gift giving is a part of this season and it is pretty hard to give a gift in a newspaper column, I thought I’d share a few recipes from family and friends. This first recipe makes a great holiday breakfast.

Linda’s German Apple Pancake


3 eggs, lightly beaten

½ cup + 2 T flour

½ cup + 2 T milk


1 large apple, cored, peeled and sliced

Lemon juice & cinnamon to taste

Melt 5 T butter in a cast iron skillet. When butter is foamy, take off heat and pour batter in. Put apple mixture in the center.  Bake 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees.

Aunt Ruby’s 6 Week Refrigerator Bran Muffins

Put 2 c bran buds in 2 c boiling water and let stand until cooled.

Add 1 c oleo or butter, 3 c sugar, 1 qt buttermilk, 6 eggs, 5 t soda, 1 t salt and 4 c All Bran.

Grease the muffin tins.  Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes. Makes 5-6 dozen.

JD’s Paté

8 oz chicken livers

½ c water

1 chicken bullion cube

¼ c chopped onion

¼ t thyme

3 slices of bacon, fried crisp & crumbled

¼ c margarine or butter

¼ t dry mustard

1/8 t garlic salt

Dash of pepper

Mix livers, water, bullion, onion & thyme in 1 qt saucepan and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.  Cool and drain, reserving ¼ c broth.  Mix everything together in blender until creamy and refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving.

Yvonne’s Oatmeal Picnic Cake

Soak 1 c oatmeal in 1 ½ c boiling water for 20 minutes.

Cream 1 c brown sugar, 1 c white sugar, ½ shortening

Add 2 lightly beaten eggs then 1 ½ c flour, 1 t soda and ½ t cinnamon.

Add oat mixture last and bake in a 9×13 pan for 35 minutes in 350 degree oven

I hope you’ve had a happy and healthy year. Regardless of what gravitas you give to this season, my wish is that we all work towards the old promise of peace on earth, good will towards all.