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Goofballs & Billy Boy

Halloween parties meant a costume parade through the entire school! (My grade school ~ An Emjayandthem (C) photo)

When I was a little girl, Halloween was a very exciting time. We had a class  party and costume parade to look forward to, yummy treats to enjoy, games to play and of course …“Trick or Treating.”

Living on a farm eight miles from town, “Trick or Treating” involved 2 absolutes: cold weather and a car.  Mom and Aunt Irene helped us make our costumes and we often recycle pieces of from older costumes into something new. After supper, we’d pile into one of their cars and head out for the night.  This involved a total of five – count ‘em – five farms to visit:  The Lee home (neighbors), Uncle Harley & Aunt Maxine’s, Grandma and Grandpa’s, Aunt Irene & Uncle Jarl’s and ours.   So, depending on who was driving, we’d start at one and end at the others with three stops in between.   It was expected that we’d “sing for our supper” – sing a song, tell a joke or do something entertaining. Our song of choice was always, “Billy Boy” (Oh where have you been, Billy Boy, Billy boy .. Oh where have you been, charming Billy..) because 1) we knew the words, 2) they knew the words and 3) it always seemed to bring the best results.

I still love Halloween! Me & the Hubbs had a lot of fun with this costume.  An Emjayandthem (C) photo

Bear in mind that very few treats were “boughten” at that time – most offered us a home-made treat.  ((and trust me, this was the good stuff!!))   Norma and Roy Lee always gave us pop – our choice – orange or root beer – and a small bag of home-made cookies or fudge. Yum!  Aunt Irene was known for her caramel apples; Granny Smiths smothered in a thick layer of buttery rich caramel… mmm.  Aunt Maxine was crafty and loved to carve massive jack-o-lanterns to delight us… and her chocolate fudge was delicious as well.   Grandma made each of us our very own candy bag filled to the top with home-made popcorn balls and cookies mixed in with a few store bought treats – black licorice, toffee, and Old Dutch potato chips.  Smiling shyly, Grandpa always slipped in a can of pop and two bits (a quarter) and we felt oh so rich.  Our pillowcases were filled with to the brim with treats and good wishes.  After much admiration of the genius of our costumes and our profound musical talents, off we’d go to the next farm, darting through the biting October wind, wondering at the sky and trying to spot the witches we just knew were flying around.

At the end of the night, we’d get back home and marvel at the abundance of treats .. but it was always those home-made delights we fought over most.

I remember Mom making us “Goofballs” and I think I’ll make some for my grand-kids today :).

GoofBalls

Goofball image courtesy of theartofmakingthings.tumblr.com

1 pkg. Kraft caramels
1 can Eagle brand milk
1/2 lb. butter
1 box Rice Krispies
1 bag large marshmallows

Unwrap the caramels and place into a heavy saucepan.  Add the Eagle brand milk and the butter and stir until the caramels are melted and a sauce is formed. Remove from heat.

Stick 1 toothpick into a large marshmallow and dip it into the sauce carefully.  Immediately roll the caramel covered marshmallow in Rice Krispies. Set on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet to cool (remove toothpick).    These travel great and kids (and adults) gobble them up!

And .. sing something, will ya?

Happy Halloween!!

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Can the right dish prompt an engagement?

image from cooking-questions.com

Is a simple recipe for Roast Chicken the key to an engagement? According to Glamour magazine it is … More here.   The magazine editors had an experience whereby the sharing of  a favorite recipe prompted one woman’s boyfriend to propose – it was that good. The magazine has since put together a cookbook  to help women navigate their kitchen — called “100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know” (available through Hyperion). In addition to Engagement Chicken, the book covers breakfast (“He Stayed Over Omelette”), entrees (“Let’s Make a Baby Pasta”) and drinks (“Forget the Mistake You Made at Work Margarita”), all tried-and-true recipes perfected by the team at Glamour.

I have to admit that the chicken recipe does look delicious and I will definitely give it a try.

This prompted me to think about the following: which one of my signature dishes hooked the hubbs?

Answer: My made-from-scratch baked potato soup.  I didn’t know it at the time, but well after we were married he admitted that watching me whip up soup from scratch put him at ease in my little apartment kitchen. He confided that witnessing this meant I was someone he – and his stomach – could relate to.   What he didn’t know is that I had little money and that this soup is not just super easy to make but cost-effective, too!

Here’s the recipe that still elicits “mmmms” of delight to this day:

MJ’s Baked Potato Soup

  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces (or about 10 baby carrots, chopped)
  • 1 14 oz can of chicken broth (I use low sodium)
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • 3 cups milk (any kind but skim)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
  • Bacon bits & extra cheese for topping

In a large saucepan, steam all vegetables on high steam for about 8 -10 min (they will still be slightly crunchy).   Set aside.

While veggies are steaming, cook up your cream base:  in a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.  Whisk in the flour, stirring constantly, until the mixture is smooth (it will be thick) and bubbling.  Slowly pour in the chicken broth; continue to stir. Next, add the milk, keep stirring and bring mixture to a gentle boil; it will thicken as it cooks.  Once the desired consistency, turn heat to low and stir in cheese until melted.   Drain steamed vegetables and gently fold them into the cream sauce.  Season with Mrs. Dash® regular or Mrs. Dash® onion seasonings and a pinch of garlic powder (not salt).

Ladle into soup bowls and top with bacon bits & a bit of shredded cheddar.  This is his favorite Saturday soup served with an oven roasted chicken sandwich.

How about you? Do you have a signature dish that defined your relationship? 

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