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Thursday, November 17, 2016

How to make EASY Corn Chowder

And I mean easy.  This is not homemade.  This is semi-homemade-which is how I cook.  Semi.  I don't like to cook.  I never have.  I only do so because eating out every day is too dang expensive!! And when my kids were little, they made me feed them.  They were funny that way:)

Anyway, here it is:

For this recipe (if that's what you want to call it) , I use AUGASON Farms Creamy Potato Soup mix.  It comes in bulk and can be found at some supermarkets, online, and at Walmart.  I like it because it is for food storage and lasts a really long time.  It also is simple to make--only add water.  And a big bonus here--it tastes good!!!


Augason soup mix OR Potato soup--ready made, or 1 pkg of any potato soup mix.  (I make enough soup to feed a family of four).

1 15 oz can sweet kernel corn

chopped celery or dried celery bits

1/4 cup bacon bits

sour cream

shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:  Make the soup as directed on the package or can.  Add corn, celery ,and bacon bits. Cook until done--about 15 minutes. Add 1 or 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese.  Dish up and add a dallop of sour cream on top.  This soup is NOT low calorie so just enjoy!!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Politically Correct words

So today on one of the facebook pages I follow, Chicks on the right, there was a discussion on the use of the word "TARD". It is the new acronym for the protesters and rioters of Trump. Apparently these ladies are the ones who coined it. And they were defending it. Even though it is offensive to some. One of the women even has a mentally challenged son. I pointed out to them why it is offensive. I grew up in the 60s and 70s. My brother had Down's Syndrome and the mental capacity of a 6 month old. During that era, he was denied access to school, denied access to doctors, called names including "retard", and generally disregarded as a person. It was a hurtful time and that word was meant to hurt not describe a condition. I pointed this out to the chicks on the right blogger. She never did get it. She said it was wrong to call them that but okay to use the word. It's not. Why do I know? Because it is disrespectful towards all disabled people. Whether they hear you say the word or not. It hurts them. I couldn't get that through the blogger's head. How sad that such ignorance still exists today. My son has not faced half of the ignorance my brother faced. Thank God. We have come far in that respect. School services and the requirement to serve ALL people including the disabled--we can thank John F Kennedy and the democrats after him. As for that facebook page, I think I will unfollow. They won't miss me but I will feel better for not reading about such ignorance.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

How to make Scalloped and Au-Gratin Potatoes using dehydrated potatoes

Several years ago, I started to stock food and water.  I am NOT a prepper by any means but having extra food on hand just seems like a smart move to me.  You never know what event might come your way and keep you from going to the store.  Last year I had knee replacement surgery and was down for the count for several months.  Then in November, my father died unexpectedly (I will blog about that later) and I was tied up with his estate for several months.  I did NOT have time to shop or coupon.  Thank goodness I had plenty of food on hand. 

One product I really like is Augason Farms.  They sell a vast variety of foods for storage.  Walmart carries them.  Amazon carries them.  And Auguson.com carries them.  They last for years unopened.  I know this past winter was particularly tough on many--especially back East.  Many were without power.  Having food supplies on hand along with water will keep you and your family from starving!!  Also an emergency cooking kit is a great tool to have on hand.  I have this little gem stored with my food storage  


Anyway, I wanted to share with you a recipe I found for dehydrated potato slices.  Yummy and easy to make.  Enjoy!!  Please share any recipes you have found for Auguson farms products or for dehydrated products.  I would love to see them!


 Au-Gratin Potatoes (using dehydrated potatoes) (by James Parrish)

3 cups diced dehydrated potatoes

6 tablespoons of butter

3 tablespoons of flour

1 1/2 cups of milk

1 cup of shredded Cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation of recipe:
1. Place potatoes in a shallow baking dish.
2. In a small saucepan over a low heat melt 6 tablespoons of butter.
3. Take the butter and add the flour to it. Stir well in order to blend together.
4. Gradually add the milk.
5. Continue cooking and stirring continuously until a thick sauce is formed.
6. Add the cheese and stir until the cheese melts.
7. Pour the sauce over the potatoes that are in the baking dish and mix them gently.
8. Bake potatoes at 400° for 30 to 40 minutes. Final product should be golden brown.
Source:  http://www.recipezaar.com/bb/viewtopic.zsp?t=295606


3 cups dehydrated potato slices

1/2 cup nonfat powdered milk

2 Tbsp. flour

2 Tbsp. cornstarch

1 tsp. onion powder

pinch of salt and black pepper

1 Tbsp. dried parsley or chives (optional)

3 Tbsp. butter or margarine

2 3/4 cups boiling water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place potato slices into a medium casserole dish. Combine remaining dry ingredients and sprinkle on top of the potato slices. Dot with butter. Pour boiling water over all and stir gently to combine.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. You can broil it for the last 1-2 minutes if you prefer the top to be a little more browned.

Source:  http://tennzen.blogspot.com/2009/08/ask-tennzen-dehydrated-scalloped.html