Easy vanilla ice cream

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

2c. light cream
1c. sugar
4 tsp vanilla
2c. Whipping cream

Preparation instructions

In a large mixing bowl stir together light cream, sugar, vanilla, and 1/8 tsp salt till sugar dissolves. Stir in whipping cream. Turn into a 8x8x2 inch pan. Cover; freeze till partially frozen. Break mixture into chunks. Place in a chilled large mixer bowl. Beat with electric mixer 1 to 2 minutes or till smooth. Return mixture to cold pan. Freeze till firm.

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Cranberry-orange relish

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

2 medium oranges
4 c. fresh cranberries (1 lb)
2 c. sugar
1/4 c. finely chopped walnuts

Preparation instructions

With a vegetable peeler, remove the orange portion of the peel of one orange; set aside.
Completely peel and section both oranges. Using a food grinder with a coarse blade or a food processor, grind reserved orange peel, orange sections and cranberries. Stir in sugar and nuts. Chill for several hours. Serve with poultry or ham.

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Strawberry shortcake

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

6 c. fresh strawberries, sliced
1/4 c. sugar
2 c. flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Preparation instructions

Stir together stawberries and 1/4 c. sugar; set aside. For shortcake, thoroughly stir together flour, 2 tbsp sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the 1/2 c. butter or margarine till mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Combine beaten egg and milk; add all at once to dry ingredients and stir just to moisten. Spread dough in a greased 8×1 1/2 -inch round baking pan, building up edges slightly. Bake in a 450° oven for 15 to 18 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then remove from pan. Split into 2 layers; lift top off carefully. If desired, spread bottom layer with the softened butter or margarine. Whip cream with 2 tbsp sugar just to soft peaks. Spoon berries and whipped cream between layers and over top. Serve warm.

Blueberry Shortcake:
Prepare strawberry shortcake as above, except omit the strawberries and 1/4 c. sugar. Mash 2 c. whole blueberries; stir in 1/4 c. sugar. Stir in 2 c. whole blueberries; set aside. Spoon berry mixture and whipped cream between layers and on top.

Peach Shortcake:
Prepare strawberry shortcake as above, except omit the strawberries and 1/4 c. sugar. Stir together 4 c. peeled sliced peaches and 1/3 c. sugar; set aside. Spoon peach mixture and whipped cream between layers and over top.

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Skillet-fried chicken

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

1 (2 1/2-3 lb) broiler-fryer chicken; cut up
1/4 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tbsp cooking oil or shortenting

Preparation instructions

Rinse chicken pieces; pat dry with paper toweling. In a plastic or paper bag combine flour, salt, paprika, and pepper. Add a few chicken pieces at a time; shake to coat.
In a 12 inch skillet heat oil or shortening. Add chicken, with meaty pieces toward center of skillet. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, turning to brown evenly. Reduce heat; cover tightly. Cook 30 min. Uncover; cook 10-15 minutes more. Chicken is done when it is easily pierced with a fork. Drain chicken pieces on paper toweling.

Crisp fried chicken:
Prepare skillet-fried chicken as above, except after the browning step, continue to cook chicken, uncovered, till chicken is tender. Turn occasionally. Drain on paper toweling before serving.

Pan-and oven fried chicken:
Prepare skillet fried chicken as above, except brown chicken pieces in a 12 inch oven-going skillet. Transfer skillet to a 375° oven for 35-45 min. or until chicken is tender. Do not turn chicken pieces during baking time. Drain.

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Seven minute frosting

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

2 egg whites, unbeaten
1 1/2 c. sugar
5 tbsp water
1 1/2 tsp light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla

Preparation instructions

Combine egg whites, sugar, water, and corn syrup in top of double boiler, beating with rotary egg beater until thoroughly mixed. Place over rapidly boiling water, beat constantly with rotary egg beater and cook 7 minutes, or until frosting will stand in peaks. Remove from boiling water; add vanilla and beat until thick enough to spread.

Variation: fold in chopped nuts, coconut or pieces of fried or candied fruit, or by tinting delicately with colorings.

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Peanut butter cookies

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

1 1/4 c. flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c. butter or margarine
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla

Preparation instructions

Stir together flour, soda, and salt. In a mixer bowl beat butter for 30 sec. Add peanut butter and sugars; beat till fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Add dry ingredients to beaten mixture; beat till well combined/ Shape dough into 1 inch balls; roll in granulated sugar, if desired. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet; crisscross with the tines of the fork. Bake in a 375° oven about 10 minutes. Cool about 1 minute before removing to a wire rack.

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Old time popcorn balls

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

20 c. popped popcorn (about 1 c. unpopped)
2 c. sugar
1 c. water
1/2 c. light corn syrup
1 tsp vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

Preparation instructions

Remove all unpopped kernels from popped corn. Put popcorn i a large roasting pan; keep warm in a 300° oven. Butter the sides of a 2-qt saucepan. In it combine sugar, water, corn syrup, vinegar, and salt. Cook to 270° (soft-crack stage), stirring frequently (mixture should boil gently over entire surface). Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Slowly pour mixture over hot popcorn. Stir just till mixed. Shape with buttered hands into 2 1/2 to 3 inch balls.

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New england baked beans

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

1 lb (2 1/3 c.) dry navy beans or dry great northern beans
1/4 lb salt pork, cut up
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
1/2 c. molasses
1/3 c. packed brown sugar
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

Preparation instructions

Rinse beans. In a heavy 3-qt saucepan combine beans and 8 c. cold water. Soak overnight…(or bring to boiling; simmer 2 minutes, remove from heat; Cover; soak 1 hr). Add 1/2 tsp salt. Bring to boiling. Cover; reduce heat and simmer in water used for soaking in until beans are tender.
Drain beans, reserving liquid. In a 2 1/2 qt bean pot or casserole combine the beans, salt, pork, and onion. Stir in 1 c. of the reserved bean liquid, molasses, brown sugar, dry mustard, 1/2 tsp salt, and pepper. Cover and bake at 300° for 2 1/2 hrs or to desired consistency, stirring occasionally. Add additional reserved bean liquid if necessary.

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Leslie’s fruit salad dressing

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

1 egg; beaten
1/2 c. sugar
1 tbsp orange rind; grated
1 tsp lemon rind; grated
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 c. whipping cream; whipped

Preparation instructions

Cook egg, sugar, orange rind, lemon rind,and lemon juice; Stir over low heat for 5 minutes until thick.
Fold whipping cream into cooked mixture.
After it has cooled slightly, enjoy.

Mint leaves optional

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Lady baltimore cake

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

CAKE:
3 c. Swans Down Cake Flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 c. butter or shortening
1/2 c. milk
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/2 c. water
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs whites, stiffly beaten

Preparation instructions

Sift flour once, measure, add baking powder and salt, and sift together three times. Cream butter thoroughly, add sugar gradually, and cream together until light and fluffy. Add flour, alternately with liquid, a small amount at a time. Beat after each addition until smooth. Add flavoring; fold in egg whites. Bake in two greased 9-inch layer pans in 375° oven for 20 minutes. (double recipe makes three 10 inch layers)

Spread lady Baltimore filling between layers and frosting on top:
Combine sugar, corn syrup, and water. Bring quickly to a boil, stirring only ntil sugar is dissolved. Boil rapidly, without stirring, until a small amount of syrup forms a soft ball in cold water, or spins in fine stream over egg whites, beating constantly. Add vanilla. Continue beating with a rotary egg beater 10-15 minutes, or until frosting is cool and of right consistency to spread. Use wooden spoon when too stiff for beater. For filling add enough frosting to fruit and nuts to make a filling that will spread easily. Spread between layers. Spread remaining frosting on top and sides of cake.

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