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June 26, 2018, 10:14 AM

Lebanese Bread Salad - Fattush


Ingredients:

½ loaf of Arabic Bread (substitute pita bread)

1 small clove garlic

salt and pepper to taste

½ cup lemon juice

½ cup parsley

3 green onions

1 cup fresh mint or ¼ cup dried mint

4-5 large leaves of Romaine lettuce, or 1/4 head of lettuce

1 cucumber, peeled, quartered, and cut into small pieces

2-3 medium tomatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes

1 small hot pepper, minced, optional

½ tsp simmaq, if available

½ cup olive oil

 

Directions:

Toast the bread to a golden brown and break it into 1½ inch pieces. Set aside.

In a salad bowl, mash the garlic, or use a garlic press, and mix the garlic well

with the salt and pepper. Add the lemon juice to the garlic mixture and blend well.

Coarsely chop the parsley, green onions, and mint. Tear the lettuce as for a tossed

green salad. Add the parsley, green onions, mint, cucumber, tomatoes, hot pepper,

simmaq, and toasted bread to the lemon and garlic mixture and toss thoroughly.

Just before serving, add the oil and toss well.

Makes 6 servings

NOTE: Simmaq is available in Middle Eastern specialty grocery stores.

Recipe compliments of Pam Burke from the cookbook "Lebanese Cuisine" by Madeline Farah




May 29, 2018, 2:25 PM

Sarah Oeltjen's Cream Cheese Roll Recipe


AK’s CREAM CHEESE ROLL

MIX – 1 CUP MILK - LUKEWARM

            1/3 CUP SUGAR

            2 PACKAGES DRY YEAST

LET STAND UNTIL YEAST IS SOFT

MIX -   4 CUPS FLOUR

             1/2 CUP SHORTENING

             1/2 CUP BUTTER

             1 TEASPOON SALT

MAKES A PIE CRUST CONSISTENCY

ADD – LIQUID AND 1 EGG BEATEN TO DRY INGREDIENTS

COVER AND REFRIGERATE OVERNIGHT

TO BAKE – DIVIDE DOUGH INTO 4 EQUAL PARTS

ROLL OUT LIKE A JELLY ROLL

MIX FILLING – 2 PACKAGES CREAM CHEESE (16 OZ TOTAL)

                          1 1/2 CUPS SUGAR

                          1 EGG BEATEN

                          1 TEASPOON VANILLA

SPREAD ON DOUGH TO EDGES, SPRINKLE WITH PECANS, ROLL LIKE JELLY ROLL

BAKE AT 350 ON LIGHTLY GREASED COOKIE SHEET – WILL BE SLIGHTLY BROWN ON TOP AND AROUND EDGES

BEST SERVED WARM – FREEZES WELL




May 29, 2018, 1:35 PM

Roger Small's Microwave Peanut Brittle


Equipment Required:

One 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup

Heavy duty silicon spatula

One greased sheet pan

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

½ cup Karo syrup

½ tsp salt

1 ½ cup peanuts

1 tsp butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking soda

WARNING:  The mixture is going to get lava-hot, so please be careful.  Use hot pads for your hands and countertop.

Directions:

  1. Mix the sugar, karo, and salt well.  Nuke on high for 4 minutes.
  2. Mix in the peanuts, stir well, and nuke for another 4 minutes.
  3. Add the butter and vanilla, stir well, and nuke for 1 min 40 seconds.
  4. Add the baking soda and stir well.
  5. Pour out onto the sheet pan and let it cool thoroughly.
  6. Break it up with the back of a chef’s knife.

Roger sang tenor in our choir but he’s moved on and now singing in the Choir Triumphant!




May 29, 2018, 1:16 PM

"New Friends" a Story of Our Church


by Suzy and Arnold Romberg
We bought our house In La Grange in 1974. In 1994, I took a job in Austin which allowed us to move here. After we got settled in we set out to find a church home. We had attended Episcopalian and Methodist but mostly Presbyterian churches in Houston and Dallas, so our first visit was to the First Presbyterian here. We parked across the street and started across Franklin Street. A number of church goers were standing around the door chatting. Before we reached the curb a lady left the group at the door and came down to the curb to meet us. She introduced herself as Mary Louise Schmidt (Anna Katharine's mother) and we introduced ourselves. She turned around and yelled to the crowd around the door: "Hey, everybody, come and meet my new friends, the Rombergs!" We never thought of visiting any other church.




May 29, 2018, 12:00 AM

Crusty's Queso Dip


Combine 1 jar queso cheese, I can beanless chili, and about a cup shredded cheese in a microwave safe bowl.

Nuke on medium (50% power) for 10 minutes.  Stir and enjoy.

Customize to your heart’s content by adding chopped onion, cooked chorizo, browned sausage, etc.

I make my own chips by cutting corn tortillas into 8ths and frying them until very crisp.

BTW, Crusty was my Air Force call sign.


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