Making for happy campers
We’re excited about deer hunting season that starts this weekend — it almost feels like a holiday.
A must every year, of course, is homemade buns to make sandwiches and a pan of fresh homemade caramel rolls.
For a different twist for moist, tasty baked ham that I learned over the weekend, pour one can of Dr. Pepper (not diet) over a ham in a crockpot. Cook on low six to eight hours or until ham is heated through — Chill ham and slice.
Here’s to a safe and fun-filled hunting season!
Yield: 4 dozen cookies
1 cup shortening1/2 cup brown sugar1/2 cup white sugar1/4 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon soda1 teaspoon cream of tartar1 cup coconut1 teaspoon vanilla1 egg, beaten2 cups flourCream shortening and sugars until creamy. Add egg. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and add vanilla and coconut. Chil the dough. Roll in balls, flatten with a glass dipped in water and then sugar. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
Beef StewtServing size: 62 pounds beef stew meat cut in 1-inch cubes2 tablespoons cooking oil4 cups hot water2 beef bouillon cubes1 medium green pepper — diced1/2 cup celery — sliced1 1/2 cups onion — diced1/4 teaspoon oregano1 1/2 cups potato — diced1/8 teaspoon onion seasoningSalt and pepper — to taste1/8 teaspoon celery saltDash garlic powder1/8 teaspoon sageBrown stew meat on all sides in hot oil. Add water and bouillon cubes. Cover a kettle and simmer slowly until meat is tender, about two hours. Add more water, if necessary. Add vegetables and all seasonings and salt and cook slowly until vegetables are tender, about 30-40 minutes. If desired, thicken liquid for gravy with a little flour a few minutes before serving.
Caramel RollsServing size: 122 loaves frozen bread dough, thawed1 stick butter2 cups brown sugar. Use part of the brown sugar to sprinkle on rolled-out dough2 tablespoons cinnamon1 cup whipping creamThaw frozen bread dough; set aside. Combine cream and brown sugar in a 9-by-13-inch pan; blend well. Roll out dough on a floured surface into a good size rectangle, spread with butter and sprinkle cinnamon and brown sugar on top to your liking. Roll dough like a jelly roll and slice the log into 1 1/2-inch-thick rolls and place over caramel in cakepan. Cover with a cloth or towel and let raise until double in size. Bake in a 350-degree oven for approximately 25 minutes or until rolls are lightly browned. Turn pan upside down on a platter, or a bar pan.
GARY’S TIP: Keeping nuts in the freezer will pevent them from turning rancid.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun.