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~ Charles Spurgeon

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This fell about 3 miles from here at a friend's house.


Nacho Cheese Sauce


1 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. flour
1 1/2 cups milk (sub part Jalepeno juice)
1 c. cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
2 tbsp. minced jalapeno peppers (omit if using juice)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Pinch cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika


Mix together peppers, olive oil, and butter in a saucepan.

Sprinkle in flour, pour in milk and stir until mixture simmers -- do not allow to boil. When mixture begins to thicken, stir in the cheese and remaining ingredients, Simmer on low heat an additional five minutes or until cheese is fully melted.

Serve with nacho chips.


Crumb Topping


Makes 2 cups.

1 1/2 cups AP flour
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 sticks butter, chilled and cut into pieces


Mix all dry ingredients together.

With food processor, pastry cutter or hands, work butter into dry mixture.

Sprinkle over cake, pie or other dump cake for baking.

Sugar Cookies, Orange Nutmeg


2 1/2 cups AP flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp orange extract
1 tsp nutmeg
1 large egg
2 T milk
3/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup lard (or butter)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift dry ingredients together.

Cream butter and lard together until fluffy.

Add eggs and vanilla to fat mixture.

Beat in dry ingredients until smooth.

Blend in milk.

Drop by tablespoons full about 3 inches apart on greased cookie sheet.

Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.

Egg Drop Soup


1 T cornstarch
3 cups + 1 cup chicken broth
2 eggs + 1 yolk lightly beaten
2 green onions, chopped
salt and pepper to taste


Boil 3 cups chicken broth.

Mix cornstarch in 1 cup chicken broth.

Pour into boiling stock.

Once thickened, slowly add eggs at a drip while stirring in circular motion.

Once all eggs are added, remove from heat and stir in onions, salt and pepper.

Crab Rangoon


8 oz cream cheese
8 oz fresh crab meat
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp soy sauce
1/8-1/4 tsp white (or black) pepper
1-1 1/2 green onions, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp red onion, chopped
1 pkg wanton wrappers
1 small bowl of water to seal wantons


Combine the crab and cream cheese.

Mix in remaining filling ingredients one at a time.

Stuff wantons and seal.

Deep-fry until golden (about 3 minutes).

Zucchini Bread


3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cups sugar (I only used 2 cups, but hope to try honey next time)
1 cup vegetable oil (I used lard, unhydrogenated of course)
4 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup water
2 cups grated zucchini (mine was peeled, shredded and frozen and thawed)
1 teaspoon lemon juice (I used vinegar, didn't have any lemon juice)
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (Nuts hurt my teeth, so I left them out)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, nutmeg, baking soda, cinnamon and sugar.

In a separate bowl, combine oil, eggs, water, zucchini and lemon juice.

Mix wet ingredients into dry, add nuts and fold in.

Bake in 2 standard loaf pans, sprayed with nonstick spray [I also used lard for this], for 1 hour, or until a tester comes out clean. (Alternately, bake in 5 mini loaf pans for about 45 minutes.)

Macaroni & Cheese


Makes 8-10 servings.

1/4 cup butter
2 cups milk
3 cups shredded cheese
2 eggs
sea salt and pepper to taste
8 oz pasta


Precook the pasta until al dente (about 1-2 minutes less than recommended cooking time).

Drain, rinse and cool pasta.

Place the butter, milk and eggs into a 9 x 13 casserole dish and mix with a fork or spoon until blended.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add 2 cups of grated cheese.

Fold the noodles into the sauce until well-coated.

Place extra cheese as a topping over the casserole.

Bake for 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Broil for last 5 minutes to brown the top.

Graham Crackers


Makes 10 4 x 4.5-inch graham crackers or 48 2-inch squares

2 1/2 cups plus 2 T AP flours
(a swap of 1/2 cup with whole wheat flour or 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour works well here, too.)
1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp course sea salt
7 T unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes and frozen
1/3 cup mild-flavored honey (such as clover)
5 T milk
2 T vanilla extract


3 T granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon


Make the dough.

Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade or in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.

Pulse or mix on low to incorporate.

Add the butter and pulse on and off and on and off or mix on low until the mixture is the consistency of a course crumb.
(alternately, you can cut in butter with a pastry cutter)

In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, milk, and vanilla.

Add to the flour mixture and pulse on and off a few times or mix on low until the dough barely comes together.

It will be very soft and sticky.

Lay out a large piece of plastic wrap and dust it lightly with flour.

Turn dough out onto plastic and pat it into a rectangle about 1-inch thick.

Wrap it, then chill it until firm, about 2 hours or overnight.

Meanwhile, prepare the topping, if using, by combining the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and setting aside.

Roll out the crackers.

Divide the dough in half and return one half to the refrigerator.

Sift an even layer of flour onto the work surface and roll the dough into a long rectangle about 1/8 inch thick. The dough will be sticky. Flour as needed.

Trim the edges of the rectangle to 4 inches wide.

Working with the shorter side of the rectangle parallel to the work surface, cut the strip every 4 1/2 inches to make 4 crackers. (This makes a traditional graham cracker shape.)

Place the crackers on one or two parchment-lined baking sheets and sprinkle with the topping.

Chill until firm, about 30-45 minutes in the fridge or 15-20 minutes in the freezer.

Repeat with the second batch of dough.

Gather any scraps into a ball, chill until firm and re-roll.

Decorate the Crackers

Mark a vertical line down the middle of each cracker, being careful not to cut through the dough (for traditional cracker shape).

Using a toothpick or skewer (or blunt end of skewer for more dramatic dots), prick the dough to form two dotted rows about 1/2 inch for each side of the dividing line.

Bake for 15-25 minutes, until browned and slightly firm to the touch, rotating the sheets halfway through to ensure even baking.



2 cups AP flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 T baking powder
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup half and half


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Grease 2 large baking sheets.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Cut in the cold butter until pea-sized crumbs are formed.

Stir in egg, milk and vanilla. Do NOT overmix.

Use icecream scoop and place rounds on cookie sheet.

Pat dough into flat rounds.

Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until golden brown; cool.

Split the baked shortcakes into halves.

Ladle strawberries in the middle and on top of the shortcake.

Top with whipped cream.



2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 cup water
2 T brown sugar
2 T onion powder
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
2 T butter
1/2 cup star noodles
1/8 tsp cayenne
1/2 cup shredded cheddar


Boil all ingredients except stars.

Turn down heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Boil stars separately for 12-15 minutes.

Drain and rinse stars.

Add to soup.

Tomato Soup


3 cans tomato paste
6 cups water
3 T brown sugar
1 T vinegar
2 T onion powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
6 T butter
1/8 tsp cayenne

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