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If you are looking for a recipe but can’t find it, send your
recipe request to Lou Ann Good, Cook’s Question Corner,
in care of Lancaster Farming, P.O. Box 609, Ephrata, PA
17522. There’s no need to send an SASE. If we receive an
answer to your question, we will publish it as soon as pos
sible. Sometimes we receive numerous answers to the
same request, and cannot print each one.
Answers to recipe requests should be sent to the same
QUESTION Fern Gerth, Reading, would like a recipe for
QUESTION A reader wants to know how to can spagetti
and meatballs, chili, ham with green beans and potatoes, veg
etable beef soup and otherfavorite dishes so she will have food
to serve instantly. She wanted to can it using a hot water bath;
however, it is considered unsafe to can any kind of meat and
some vegetables with that method. Even if you have canned
with this method in the past and have had no problems, we can
not print recipes that pose a health hazard. Send recipes for
these dishes preserved by the pressure canner method.
QUESTION —Marilyn Reega, Dorothy, N.J., is looking fora
recipe for Dorothy’s Cornbread, which has sour milk and sour
cream ingredients. The recipe had appeared in the paper sev
eral years ago. Did anyone clip the redpe?
QUESTION Connie Miller, Oley, wants recipes using
QUESTION Stephanie Luckenbaugh, Abbottstown,
would like a recipe for Cream of Crab soup that tastes like the
kind they serve at Rutter’s Family Restaurant.
QUESTION Denise Fletcher, Trumansburg, N.Y., would
like a recipe for a sweet, spicy mustard that she thinks includes
dry mustard and eggs.
QUESTION Terry Roup, Danville, wants a recipe for a
cracked sugar cookie, a large flat cookie with cracks on top.
QUESTION—VioIet Cassner, Newburg, would like a recipe
for fruitcake made with grape jelly, orange juice, dates, and lots
of other fruits.
QUESTION—VioIet Cassner, Newburg, would like a recipe
for pickled heads of green cabbage in which the leaves are
used to make stuffed cabbage.
QUESTION Bernie Seeko, Hackettstown, N.J., would
like to know how to keep raisins, nuts, or berries from settling in
the bottom of cakes when baking. She's tried coating them with
flour just before baking with no luck.
QUESTION A South Jersey reader is looking for a recipe
for pumpkin cheesecake with a gingersnap crust, which had
been printed in “Good Housekeeping.”
QUESTION Helen Hertzler, Morgantown, wants a recipe
for pizza crust in which the dry ingredients can be mixed and
stored until ready to use and then warm water added, which is
similar to store-bought packs of pizza crust mix.
QUESTION A Shippensburg reader would like a recipe
for corn crackles.
QUESTION Betty Lou Gambler, Concord, writes that her
mother purchased a pickle compound at the former People’s
Drug Store during the 1940 s and 19505. There were four pack
ages in one recipe and contained rock salt, saccharine, dove
oil, and an acid of some kind that was mixed into 1 gallon of cold
vinegar and poured over pickles. The pickles were ready to eat
within several days and tasted delidous. She has tried many
stores and has not been able to locate the pickling compound.
Can any one help her?
QUESTION J. Gramiccioni, Stockton, N.J., wants to
know where to purchase real Italian vinegar without preserva
tives. Her father brought some from Italy, but she can't find it
over here. Does anyone know how it can be made or
QUESTION Estella Fink would like a recipe to make chili
QUESTION A reader from Orange County, N.Y. would
like a recipe for Half Sour Pickles, she believes the cucumbers
are soaked in brine overnight and can be eaten the following
QUESTION—A reader from Finger Lakes, N.Y., would like
a recipe to can together sliced onions and green bell peppers
QUESTION Rose Diehl, Bloomsburg, wants recipes for
turkey scrapple and turkey bologna.
ANSWER—VioIet Cassner, Newburg, wanted a recipe that
sounds like the one Mrs. Daniel Yoder sent it.
6 large raw potatoes, peeled, ground
1 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon allspice
1 cup milk
i l /: pounds ground beef
2'A pounds ground pork
1 medium onion, ground
Mix all ingredients together and stuff into sausage casings,
being careful not to overfill as they will expand during cooking.
Prick several times with a needle before cooking. Put into a pot
of hot water and boil over medium heat for one hour. Then
brown in a frying pan if desired. Makes six 24-inch sausages.
ANSWER Linda Meyer, N.Y., wanted more recipes for
cookie ingredients layered in a jar to give as gifts. Here is one,
but check the “Home on the Range" page in this section for
4 cups green cabbage, chopped
2 cups onions, choppped
2 cups green peppers, chopped
2 cups sweet red peppers, chopped
Vt cup salt
2 quarts water
2 cups apple dder vinegar
1 cup water
Y* cup sugar
2 tablespoons mustard seed
2 tablespoons celery seed
Vi to 1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes
In a large enamel pot, combine and toss cabbage, onions,
peppers and salt. Pour 2 quarts water over the whole and let
stand for one hour. Drain and rinse vegetable under cold water
and drain again.
In a Dutch oven, combine mixed vegetables with apple cider
vinegar, 1 cup water, sugar, mustard, celery seeds, and dried
red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low
and continue to cook 25 minutes, stirring frequently.
Transfer to sterilized jars, cover with lids and cool. Store in
refrigerator or give them 10 minute hot bath canning and store
in cool place.
Good on hot dogs and hamburgers. Yield: 8 % -pints.
ANSWER Josephine Matenus, Dallas, sent in a recipe,
which had been requested.
Fresh Apple Butter Cake
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar .
3 cups sifted flour
VA teaspoon baking soda
% teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
% teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups peeled, chopped apples
2 cups chopped walnuts
In a bowl, beat the butter and sugar until well combined. Add
the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradu
ally add the sifted flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nut
meg. Stir in vanilla. Fold in chopped apples and walnuts. Pour
into greased and floured tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees for
I'/ 2 hours. Let stand 15 minutes. Turn onto cake plate. If
desired, pour and spread on sherry glaze.
In a saucepan, stir 1 % cups sugar and Vi cup sherry. Cook,
stirring constantly until syrupy (about 2 minutes).
ANSWER A Narvon reader sent in a different recipe for
Elephant Ears that had been requested by Debra Allgyer,
1 package dry yeast
% cup very warm water
Combine yeast in water and let set 10 minutes before adding
2 cups bread flour
V/z tablespoons sugar
% teaspoon salt
Vz cup butter, softened
1 egg yolk
Vz cup milk, scalded, cooled
Mix well. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours. Turn dough onto
lightly floured board and knead several turns. Roll out to an
approximate 10x18-inch rectangle. Spread with 2 tablespoons
or less butter. (Mix V/z cups sugar and 3Vz teaspoon cinnamon
(or more). Using Vz cupful of this mixture, sprinkle on top of
dough. Roll up as for jelly roll. Slice into approximately 1-inch
slices. Roll slices out into 4- or 5-inch rounds. Place on cookie
sheets. Brush melted butter over top and sprinkle with 1 teas
poon cinnamon and sugar mixture per “round.” Let rise just a
little bit. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly
Co.) Grandparents often find
it difficult to buy gifts for grand
children. Although many opt to
give money or let a parent
choose a gift, others enjoy shop
ping for a gift themselves. Often
grandparents just guess making
gift giving a hit or miss event.
Many grandparents have
taken an alternate route giving
something that they already
own. One grandparent shared
that she had her grandchildren
pick out one item from a collec
tion of crystal. This collection
represented years of a personal
collection from gifts, travel sou
venirs, and other memorable
moments in her life.
Another grandparent who
quilts, asked each grandchild to
select a quilt from those she had
in one room. The grandparent
stitched the child's name on
each quilt to mark the personal
selection. Each child received
the quilt as a gift when they
married, went away to school, or
had a memorable life event.
another idea for gift giving is
to take your grandchild on a
treasure hunt in your own attic.
Children find the most wonder
ful treasures in attics. You can
spend countless hours rummag
ing through attics telling memo
rable stories attached to each
special item. This "new find"
could be brought home or kept
at grandpa's as a special toy.
The following are suggestions
for helping your treasure seek
ers find unique gifts:
•After going through the var
ious boxes and crates, take the
selected items downstairs. This
makes it much easier for all of
you to inspect and sortitems.
•Another idea is to set up a
video camera and record the
whole afternoon. Children of all
ages love to watch themselves
over and over again, this will
capture the special day that you
will keep forever.
This is a wonderful time to
divide up the old tablecloths,
embroidered doilies, linens, fam
ily towels and heirlooms that
you had stored away for years.
•Is there furniture that
grandchildren may want to use
in their bedroom or apartment?
Old hat boxes, clothing, and hol
iday decorations are all wonder
•After you've sorted and
selected what you want to keep
and what your grandchildren
want, have them help you with a
yard sale. The money you make
can be spent on a special outing
Whatever gift giving method
you choose, the most important
part is to give something that
comes from your heart. Sharing
through any of these activities
communicates how you feel
about them, and no materials
gift is as precious.