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Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Grandma's Chicken Soup: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18825647
I get so many people asking me who that picture is on the label of Grandma's Chicken Soup. So I figured it was time to blog and tell the world that YES! That IS my Great Grandma.
My Great-Grandma Morris was the sweetest little lady - my personal memories of her include that she was quiet and small, very non-imposing. She always invited me to sit on her lap while she read me a book. However, my mother and her cousins have many different stories to tell.
Grandma and Grandpa Morris farmed in south-east Nebraska until their retirement. They were hard working, good hearted people who weren't afraid to get their hands dirty or to help a neighbor in need. Some years the crops brought in a profit, but other years the budget was stretched as thin as can be. A huge vegetable garden was kept to help feed the family throughout the year. Most everthing was canned or kept in the fruit cellar for later use.
Times were especially hard in the early 1900's and one year was the coldest anyone could recall. The siblings recalled having to form makeshift beds in the kitchen one night so the cookstove could keep them from freezing in their sleep. Even with this extra bit of heat the family woke up unexpectedly in the middle of the night to glass breaking and popping. Upon investigation, they found that some of the mason jars in the pantry got so cold the contents inside were freezing, causing the jars to break. Everyone hurridly brought the rest of the panty contents into the kitchen with them in order to save the rest of the food.
That story always comes to mind in the frigid cold days of winter, like most of the country is experiencing right now. While I will probably still complain about the icy roads and my cold fingers I do count my blessings for our furnace - and of course for all the sacrifices and hard times my Great Grandparents faced in rural Nebraska that many years ago.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Like many of you across the country I live in a small town where 90% of the people go hunting each fall. Deer is the favorited game in Michigan and many people stock their freezers with Venison to help feed their family for the rest of the year. We're always looking for new ways to cook this low fat, healthy choice meat so I came up with a VENISON SEASONING dry rub. It is very flavorful with a slight smoky taste for an added "boost". It is great rubbed into Venison steaks or sprinkled on ground Venison for burgers.
The Legend I wrote for the label was meant to be a bit silly and to poke fun at all our "great white hunters" who head for the woods each fall. Many hunters in todays modern society spend days and lots of dollars getting ready to head into the woods for deer season each fall. If you've ever been in a sportsmans shop in October or November you'll know what I'm talking about. Bad economy? Not when it comes to deer hunting! One would think that all is needed is a good gun or bow, some ammunition, a warm coat and boots and a sack lunch. But, nooooooo....there is the instant glove heating packs, warming cushions to sit on while passing the time in a deer stand, deer urine (yes, they pay good money for this stuff!), spray on stuff that masks the human scent (I don't even want to know what that smells like since it's on the same shelf as the deer urine). And of course the right color camo clothes to hide yourself with the coordinating bright orange hats so everyone can see you and not mistake you for a deer hiding in the trees!
Ohhh...I do love Deer Hunting Season and my silly sense of humor hopefully portrays that in this latest Legend: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18593358
As you can see in the photograph I've included a very generous portion of this spice blend so you can enjoy it on more than one meal. Try it today!!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
As promised, I am going to tell you a little history about each of the "Legends" behind my Spice Blends.
Today I'll give you the history of "Ol' Harold's Wheel of a Deal Fried Chicken Seasoning" - which is available for sale here : http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=19079682
Ol' Harold is really my dear ol' Dad - who actually was a Car Salesman for 37 years and was known to most people as Ol' Harold. He owned and operated Rowe Motor Company in Nebraska City, NE from 1967 - 2004. He had quite a personality and loved to talk to his customers and tell funny stories (maybe that's where I got it from!). I chose the western theme for this story because of his love of watching old black and white westerns on Sunday mornings. The cartoon on the label was drawn of him in the 1970's by Paul Fell (artist) and was used in many newspaper ads over the years. And, yes, he did love Fried Chicken, so this Spice Blend is definately fitting.
This SPICE BLEND is so easy to use. The directions are included on the label of the packet, but here are more detailed directions if needed:
1. Rinse your chicken and pat dry (paper towels work great for this)
2. In a mixing bowl, combine this spice packet with 2 cups of flour.
3. In a seperate smaller bowl, slightly beat two eggs (take a fork and break up the yolks)
4. Put a large skillet on the stovetop and add 2-3 Tablespoons of cooking oil (I use Canola)
5. Take a piece of chicken and dip in the egg mixture, then in the flour mixture until thoroughly coated.
6. Place coated chicken in frying pan and cook until golden brown. To test for doneness, just cut open one of the larger pieces - if the meat is white (not pink) then it is done!
*note: See all those crumbles left in your skillet? They make great chicken gravy! Here's how:
1. Add 2 Tbl. flour to 1 cup milk - wisk together
2. Pour milk mixture into the hot skillet and stir till a gravy forms.
3. Enjoy on top of your fried chicken, or with mashed potatoes. YUM!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
I didn't think so which is why I developed my Spice Blends. I LOVE to cook and try out new recipes. It didn't take me long to realize that the key to cooking tasty meats and fish was all in the seasoning. And, it took even less time to realize that my family enjoyed dinnertime much more when the main course of chicken, pork, beef or fish was properly seasoned.
The cute, informative or funny stories that are attached to each Legend Spice Blend are a result of my creative and sometimes warped mind as well as my love of making up and telling stories. Not to mention, it's a whole lot more fun for me to tell my 7 year old that we are having CAVEMAN CHICKEN for dinner (it always opens up a fun topic of dinner conversation!).
Right now I have 7 different Spice Blends available for sale here: http://www.legendspicecompany.etsy.com/
I have many more blends that will be introduced in the next few weeks - including Vegetable Mix seasonings and more.
Finally, I would like to give a little applause here to a great group of other "edible" sellers that also sell their fares on Etsy.com They offer everthing from Gourmet Dipped Apples to Cheesecake to Tamales - check them out here: http://etsyedibleartsteam.blogspot.com/