Kris Mares

Just a woman trying to love Jesus and others a little bit more…

A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband – Part 3 August 10, 2015

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I picked up this fun little story/cookbook again.

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I still love the idea of it and the history behind it. And since Racer and I have a goal to invite people over for dinner more often, it’s a fun project to start again!

Intro Post

Part 1

Part 2

“Let’s have someone over for dinner!”

“Sounds like a great idea!”

I invited a colleague and his wife over for dinner and Girlie and I set about the preparations.

“Mommy, what did you like to cook most with Grandma?” “Ummmmm… this tastes good!” “What’s a white sauce?”

The dinner prep was done and extra ground beef was ready for later in the week. Everything was made from scratch! All that was left was prepping dessert and getting the table ready. Of course a little Candyland and vacuuming were also in the mix!

The table was set with the good dishes (can you even have those with kids around?). And we were ready for our guests!

It’s an interesting thing to serve guests something you’ve never made before. They asked what they could bring and I replied “Grace for untested recipes and good Scrabble words!” They brought both. The conversation was good, the kids we relatively well-behaved and food was decent. The Scrabble game was fun too! It’s nice to just hang out with friends. We tried not to “talk shop” but it happens. But good conversation is good for the soul.

Best comment of the night happened after our guests left. Racer says. “I like him. He wears socks with his sandals!”

Menu: Boubons (like a mini meatloaf) with tomato sauce, Potatoes Anna (like scalloped potatoes with hard-boiled egg mixed in), Stuffed Green Peppers (my first time making them), Baked Cottage Pudding with Lemon Sauce (like a cake with lemon drizzle)

 

A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband – Part 2 June 9, 2011

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“Daddy’s home!” I said as soon as I saw the Thunderbird pull into the driveway.  “Go wash up and get ready for dinner.” As soon as Racer came in the door, he was pounced on by four of the children.

“Dinner’s ready, so let’s sit down.”

“Steaks!” exclaimed Racer.

“I’m just glad it’s something I really like” said Blue.

“What’s for dessert?” asked Professor.

We prayed and everyone started to eat and share conversation. I explained to Racer how I had been to Aldi and Food Lion earlier in the day and was able to stay under the grocery budget for this week. Getting what I can at Aldi and then shopping the sale and “red tag” meat at Food Lion allows me to keep a low grocery bill and still have steaks on occasion. “But don’t get used to having steak too often, because they aren’t always cheap! And, remember that dinner tonight needs to be your lunch tomorrow” I warned Racer.

After the main meal was finished, we got out the dessert – strawberry shortcake! The whole meal was a hit.

Here was our menu: pan-fried steak, red potatoes in cream, peas, lettuce salad and strawberry shortcake.

Bettina’s Recipes with Kris’s Flair (and portion needs)

Pan-fried steak(6 portions)

  • butter
  • salt and pepper
  • 3lbs steak (whatever can be found on sale)

Melt a little butter in a skillet (I love my cast iron skillet) over high heat. Place a steak in the pan for a short time on each side (to sear it) then cook it to desired doneness. After each steak is cooked, place it in a warming dish and keep it in the oven on 200 degrees. Each steak can be seasoned (after pan-frying) with salt, pepper and small bits of butter. Remove dish from oven and serve steaks hot!

Red Potatoes with Cream

  • 6-8 red potatoes
  • 10 oz. container of Philadelphia cooking cream
  • water
  • pan and drippings used for steaks
  • parsley

Peel and half potatoes. Cook in boiling water until tender when pierced with a fork. Drain off the water and shake the pot to make the potatoes mealy. In the pan used to cook steaks, mix the cooking cream with the meat drippings. Add water as needed to make the sauce the desired consistency. Pour the sauce over the potatoes. Sprinkle with parsley (I used dried, but fresh would be nice).

Strawberry Shortcake

  • 6T shortening
  • 6c flour (I use a mix of white and whole wheat)
  • 2c milk
  • 1t salt
  • 3T baking powder
  • 3qt strawberries
  • 2c sugar

Cut the fat into the flour, salt and baking powder until the consistency of cornmeal. Gradually add the milk, using a fork to mix. Do not handle any more than absolutely necessary.  Toss the dough upon a floured surface. Flour your hands and divide the dough in half. Shape each half and place it into a round pie pan. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Cut shortcake into pie wedges. Serve by splitting each piece through the center and placing strawberries (crushed and sugared) over top. Whipped cream is optional!

 

A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband – Part 1 May 22, 2011

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“What’s for lunch?” asked everyone after church had let out. Usually, on the rare Sundays that Racer is home, we debate whether to go out to eat, or to just cook at home.

“I’ve got it all figured out. Lunch should be ready quickly, so Blue go right in and set the table. Professor and Girlie, you two put play clothes on and then come down and help.”

I had made oatmeal and flaxseed muffins the night before – along with some strawberry preserves – and the rest of the meal shouldn’t take too long. Girlie even helped with toasting the bread!

As we ate, everyone tried everything. Blue enjoyed the preserves and all agreed they’d be great on pancakes! Racer and Professor both agreed that the Creamed Tuna would be better next time without “the red things.” The biggest hit on this warm May afternoon? The hot chocolate!

Here was our menu: Creamed Tuna on Toast, canned peas, muffins with preserves, hot chocolate with marshmallows.

Bettina’s Recipes with Kris’s Flair (and portion needs)

Creamed Tuna on Toast (6 portions)

  • 3T butter
  • 3T flour (I was out and used mexican corn meal/flour)
  • 3/4t salt
  • 1 small jar pimento (drained)
  • 3c milk
  • 9 slices of toasted bread
  • 3 cans tuna

Melt the butter over medium heat, add the flour, salt and pimento. Mix well. Gradually pour in the milk. Allow the mixture to boil one minute. Stir constantly. Add the tuna, cook one minute. Place one layer of toast in a 9×9 glass pan and spoon some of the creamed tuna mixture over it. Continue layering toast/mixture until toast is gone, putting the last of the tuna mixture on the top.

Hot Chocolate

  • 3 squares of semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 3T sugar
  • 2c water
  • 6c milk
  • 1t vanilla extract
  • marshmallows

Cook chocolate, sugar and water until fully melted and combined. Stir frequently using a whisk. Add milk gradually and bring to a boil. Whisk frequently. Add vanilla. Allow to stand a moment. Pour into cups and add marshmallows to each cup.

Strawberry Preserves

The recipe I used included only berries, sugar and water. It turned out yummy, but pretty runny. I’ll work on this again and let you know. I did get the “canning” process right and my tops are sealed!

 

A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband – Intro May 21, 2011

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Over the last Christmas season, our family got to spend a few days at Racer’s mom’s house. While we were there, I was perusing her cookbooks. On the shelf, tucked in between some very modern looking books, was a yellow book with this cover:

Now, since Racer’s mom has been divorced for many years, I was wondering why this old book was on her shelf. When I opened it up, there was an inscription. Handwritten in blue ink are names that show the book was a wedding gift from Racer’s paternal grandmother (now deceased) to his mom. What an incredible find on a cold winter day!

As I looked closer at the book, it is part novel and part cookbook. The story tells of a young woman and her first year of marriage. The cookbook tells the recipes for the wife’s various kitchen endeavors throughout that first year. For a wonderfully inexplicable reason, I love this book! Add it’s age and the family history surrounding it… well, I asked Racer’s mom if I could have it. She obliged and the book came home with me.

So now, I have this idea for a new adventure. I am going to try to “recreate” this book. I’ll use Bettina’s recipes – making them modern day – and try to tell a story of how/when I cook them. Before I started though, I had to set up my “emergency shelf.” Here is what I needed (according to Bettina):

  • 6 cans pimento (I only purchased 3) – $3.87
  • 6 cans tuna – $3.90
  • 6 cans salmon – $11.94
  • 6 jars dried beef (I’m not sure what this is and couldn’t find anything that might be equivalent)
  • 12 cans corn – $5.88
  • 12 cans peas – $5.88
  • 6 cans string beans – $2.94
  • 6 cans lima beans (butter beans for any needing help like me) – $4.14
  • 6 cans devilled ham (I got something like Spam) – $10.14
  • 6 cans tomatoes – $3.30
  • 6 jars pickles – $8.94
  • 6 jars olives (I got home and only had 5 in my bag…) – $4.95
  • 6 small cans condensed milk (Aldi’s only had the 12 oz cans) – $7.74
  • 6 boxes sweet wafers (I got party crackers, 2 boxes each of 3 flavors) – $8.34
  • 1 lb box of salted codfish (not sure what this is and couldn’t find anything that might be equivalent)
  • 3 pkg. marshmallows (2 each of big and mini) – $3.76
  • 3 cans mushrooms – $1.65
  • 2 pkg. macaroni – $1.58

So my emergency shelf is set up and I’m anxiously awaiting my first story/recipe! Are you ready to start this journey with me?

 

 
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