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Notes from a Country Kitchen


Fri, Jan 4th, 2002
Posted in Columnists

Annabelle Kvam Monday, January 7, 2001

Suppose everyone is freezing in this cold weather. It is hard to take after the warm fall and nice days in December. I have always loved the farm, but Im really glad I dont have to go out and milk cows or clean barns in the cold weather. Those were the days when it was so cold and trying to clean the barns, feed the cows and hurry up so the cows wouldnt stand outside too long. Those were the days and glad of the memories I have out on the farm.
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Chuckle
A farmer and his wife were having a friendly argument about whether a town in Pennsylvania was pronounced Lan-Caster or Lanc-aster. The farmer decided to drive there and find out how the natives pronounced it. He stopped at the first business place in town, took his wife by the hand and walked in. He said to the clerk, now tell my wife the name of this place, and speak very slowly and distinctly. The clerk look at them for a moment, then enunciated slowly and very carefully, Bur-ger King!
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Ole was getting weight conscious. He remarked, I used to pinch an inch, now I have to grab a slab!
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A rumor goes in one ear and out many mouths.
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Many people have a good aim in life, but never pull the trigger.
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The optimist sees the doughnut, the pessimist see the hole, but the realist see the calories.
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By the time you save enough money to burn, the fire has gone out.
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If asked to sit down
Front in church,
The average man will fuss;
And yet hell knock you
Down to get,
The front seat on the bus.
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Get rid of mice-Believe it or not

The person who said to use pop to kill the mice must have been joking. Pop loses its burp after a short time. Now you will find beer works better. Pour into dish and set up high in a shelf where you think the mice come in. Mice will drink the beer until drunk and fall off the shelf and kill themselves.
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Hints
Baking soda mixed with cinnamon or ground cloves makes a great carpet freshener.
You can strain fat out of meat broth by pouring it through a paper coffee filter. Works every time.
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Hit songs from 1940
Its a Big Wide Wonderful World
When You Wish Upon a Star
You Stepped Out of a Dream
Back in the Saddle Again
All or Nothing at All
Cabin in the Sky
Pennsylvania 6-5000
You are My Sunshine
The Last time I Saw Paris
Taking a Chance on Love
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~Until next week, Annabelle

Rich and Creamy Potato Bake

3 cups half & half
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 pkg (32 oz) frozen Southern-style hash brown potatoes, thawed
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
(minced fresh parsley - optional)

In a large bowl, combine cream, butter and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted. Place potatoes in a greased 9x13 baking dish, pour cream mixture over potatoes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake, uncovered at 350 for 45-55 minutes or until potatoes are tender and top is golden brown. Sprinkle with parsley if desired.

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