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Holiday Recipes by The Inspired Cook

 The Inspired Cook 

Easy, delicious holiday breakfast recipe

                For those of you expecting to have overnight guests during Christmastime, you’re in luck because this column is dedicated to you. Inspired by the many times I’ve had guests spending a few days, I’ve formulated a new recipe with this in mind to share with you today.

Since there usually is plenty of food left from your main Christmas Day meal, you could serve these lovely leftovers for lunch and/or dinner without a second thought. And, if you did so, I’m sure no one would complain. But, breakfast is a different story.

Wed
29
Nov

The Inspired Cook

Does your family have traditions that you follow? Passing on family traditions helps to bond the generations together, creating an intense closeness and a depth of understanding unlike any other.

Recently, my sister Beckie and I sat around reminiscing about our childhood during the early 1960s. Some of our fondest recollections focused on events involving our great-aunt Clara.

Of all of these events, one still holds a special place in our hearts and our minds: her tea parties. On myriad occasions, she prepared little impromptu tea parties for us.

During these times, she always gave us a choice of her homemade hot Russian tea or hot chocolate topped with miniature marshmallows to drink. She served our hot beverages—they were merely lukewarm so as not to burn our mouths—in a vintage china demitasse tea set accompanied by cake, cookies, or some other sweet treat.

Wed
08
Nov

The Inspired Cook

Giving thanks

During the weeks and days leading up to Thanksgiving, I count my blessings and give thanks for the wonderful people who have touched my life in some way, shape, or fashion over the years. My maternal great-aunt Clara Compton Pickle always makes my thankful-for list each year.

Growing up, my sister Beckie and I called her and her dear husband A.D. by their given names. Why, you ask? Well, she insisted on it. We never asked her the reason for this, we simply respected her wishes.

Anyway, Clara was a wonderful cook. In fact, she was great at everything she ever attempted. Her hands were never idle. I particularly remember she knitted, crocheted, or did some other type of needlework while she watched TV. She said it relaxed her.

My, my, how her fingers could fly!

Wed
08
Nov

This Week in Canton History

The chips will be on the table Friday night when the Canton Eagles run out on Memorial Field in Terrell to play the powerhouse Tigers with a share of the district crown as the prize. The Eagles will be meeting an experienced but light 11 when they meet the favored Terrell team. When the season opened, 16 letterman, 12 starters greeted the whistle.

Terrell’s season record is 7-1-1 while the Eagles have a 7-2 win and loss record. The Tigers are undefeated in district play while Canton has lost one game.

If the Eagles defeat Terrell Friday night, District 13 AA will be thrown into a three-way tie with Canton, Van, and Terrell sharing in the loot. This is true, provided the Vandals whip Grand Saline.

Mon
06
Nov

Pumpkin spice—oh, that’s nice

With Thanksgiving only weeks away, I’ve been busy formulating recipes to make for our big family feast. Whenever I can find an occasion to contribute one of my original dishes, I jump at the chance. By doing so, I get unbiased opinions as to whether or not the taste-testers liked my food creations.

One of my favorite events to try out new recipes happens to be at the quarterly meetings of the Edom Historical Society. While I’m currently holding the offices of both secretary and treasurer, I recently volunteered to provide all of the refreshments for our March, June, and September meetings.

Mon
06
Nov

Going uphill backwards

The Community Center wants to say thank you to everyone who attended the enchilada dinner. It was a great success!

Happy 57th anniversary to Bobby and Dorothy Whitton. This couple has done so much for our community. It's too much to list and I'm sure I will miss something if I try. We really appreciate you both and all you do.

Bobby Whitton told me a story about Jordan Hill (pronounced Jerden). Jordan Hill is on 2410 around where Mrs. Francis Glasgow lives. When he was a kid and before the road was blacktop, it was so steep that you couldn't drive up it if it was raining or there was icy weather. If you drove a Model T, you had to back up the hill. Since the gas tank was in the front of the car, it would stall out before you could get to the top.

Mon
30
Oct

The Inspired Cook

Scary, fun fast Halloween treats

Halloween creeps closer and closer with each passing day.

Are you throwing a themed party this year? Do you have children and/or grandchildren for whom you want to make special treats and eats?

Unfortunately for me, all of my better half Charles’s and my children are grown, and our grandchildren don’t live close to us. Therefore, I just really don’t participate in this holiday anymore.

I can hear an audible gasp from many of you reading this. No, I’m not one of those people who don’t turn on their porch lights to deter trick-or-treaters. Actually, we live in the country and don’t get any.

When my daughters, Ashley and Tracie, were young, I never hosted a Halloween party or made special foods for them. Two primary events persuaded my reasoning for this decision.

Mon
30
Oct

This Week in Canton History

            CANTON HERALD-Oct. 26, 1961:  it was a sad occasion last Friday night when the Canton Eagles lost their first conference game of the season to the Van Vandals, 26 to 16.  The Vandals were not to be denied even though they trailed at the half by score of 8 to 6. The Eagles were first to get into the scoring during the early minutes of the 2nd quarter when fullback Randy Nix got loose and ran 50 ½ yards for a touchdown.  With 28 seconds left before the half, the Eagles tried a pass play from their own 21-yard line only to have it intercepted by the Vandals on the Eagles 28 yard line. It took only 4 plays for the Vandals to get on the board with a pass play from the arm of quarterback James Hill to halfback John Thorne good for the final 9 yards and a touchdown. The Vandals second touchdown came early in the third quarter and resulted from a Canton fumble on their own 25-yard line.

Mon
23
Oct

The Inspired Cook

Craving hearty casseroles

I don’t know about you, but when the weather turns cooler in the fall, I crave hearty casseroles. You know the type that’s practically a meal in itself. Not only are these dishes easy to prepare, but also they eliminate a lot of meal planning, which can sometimes causes mental stress especially if there are picky eaters in your family.

With these casseroles, there’s no need to rack your brain about what sides to prepare that would complement your entrée. All you really need is a green salad or maybe a piece of cornbread or a roll, and you’re done.

Today I’m sharing my original recipe called sloppy joe casserole inspired by my love of hearty casseroles and the cooler weather of fall. While formulating this dish, I incorporated my substitute recipe for a popular corn-muffin mix, which I shared with you during the last few weeks.

Mon
23
Oct

This Week in Canton History

CANTON HERALD-October 19, 1961: One of the two escapees from Van Zandt County jail on Oct. 2 was sentenced to two years in the penitentiary at Huntsville in acting Judge Gordon Wynne’s District Court room Monday morning. The other escapee who took part in the jailbreak was acquitted of charges of robbery in the same court last week, but is being held in the county jail pending trial for stealing an automobile and breaking jail. The two escapees were captured near Terrell on Oct. 3 after forcing their way out of the Canton jail the day before. As they pass through Myrtle Springs on their escape route they had allegedly stolen a pickup truck from Leon Bridwell, which they abandoned before their capture. The jailbreak initiated one of the largest man hunts ever staged by law officers from Van Zandt, Henderson, Kaufman and Smith counties as well as officers of the State Department of Public Safety. L. F.

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