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Recipe of the Month: Hearty Vegetable Soup

Posted by Dana

Growing up I remember my Grandmother making big pots of this soup for the work hands on the farm, which consisted mostly of family!

My Grandparents (on my father’s side) raised five boys and a lot of tobacco.

I can remember tobacco patches as far as I could see and thinking how huge those tobacco fields looked.

I guess when you’re a child things tend to look a lot bigger than they seem, because now I can pass by those same fields and they don’t look so big. However, those same fields aren’t filled with rows of tobacco anymore, instead they are sprinkled with houses.

I can also remember my grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles stripping tobacco in a little run down house that was insulated with old newspapers and had a pot-bellied stove in it that was feed with coal.

Often times my grandmother would have a pot of  soup “keeping warm” on top of that old stove.

The kids would play in the back rooms of that old house while the adults stripped the tobacco.

Of course, when us kids got old enough the playing ceased and we were put to work!

Things sure have changed in the last 40 years, but these memories will be with me forever.

I hope you will make this soup and make some memories with your family as well.

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds ground chuck

3-4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 medium onion, chopped

1 quart tomato juice

1 can beef broth

1 can petite diced tomatoes

1 cup sliced carrots

1 can green beans

1 can whole kernel corn

1 can green peas

Directions

Brown and drain ground chuck.  In a large stock pot combine all ingredients and cover with enough water to make soup.

Bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Make a big ole pone of cornbread to serve with this and you talk about good!!

Canning season has started!

Whew, have I been busy or what?  Last week was busy, busy, busy, which made for very – long – days!

Not only did we have revival going on at church but my Aunt Peggy called me last Monday morning and told she has some Roma (green) beans that I could have I just needed to come pick them.

Break green beans into bites sized pieces. The good thing about Roma’s is they are stringless. So they are so easy to break.

So, Tuesday morning I was up bright and early (5:30) to be at her house by around 6ish pick a bushel of Roma’s.

I was so excited to get the beans.  But picking them was not fun!  I forgot to take me a bucket to sit on while picking so I had to do a lot of squatting and bending over.  And let me tell you I felt every bit of it over the next couple of days!

But, the end result of fresh from the garden green beans was well worth the effort and pain, not to mention the corn she offered up, all I needed to do was come get it!

That I would get later in the week (Friday morning)!

Wednesday morning was another early morning as I had to arise early to start the process of canning green beans.  Only to find out that I couldn’t find my lids for my jars.  They were NOWHERE to be found.  I looked every where I thought I could have possibly stored them, NOTHING!

This prompted a trip to Wal-Mart before I could even get started on my beans.  So, off to Wal-Mart I go,

……….. on a Wednesday morning,

……….. the day when the residents from the local retirement homes make their weekly trip to Wal-Mart!

It was a sweet experience!

So, I finally make it back home and start on the beans again, a late start, but I was finally ready to go …………… so I thought!

I was confronted with another dilemma.  I don’t have a pressure canner so I have to borrow one from my mother and I had forgotten to get this from her.  So what did I have to do, that’s right make a 20 minute trip (one way) to her house to get the canner.

Now it’s already going on dinner time and I was planning on being close to being done with canning my beans by this time!  Ha!

I get the canner and head back home.

Finally, I can get something done.

I got done canning my beans around 8:3o Wednesday night!

Thursday morning I was going to try to sleep in ….. Nope, didn’t happen.  Had to go to my garden to harvest my crops. Got plenty of squash, zucchini, cucumbers, radishes and broccoli.

Now to catch up on  some laundry that had been pushed to the wayside.

Oh, did I mention, I hate to do laundry!  Well, I do!  I will do anything else I possibly can to keep from doing laundry!

I know, I know, it has to be done, especially if we want clean clothes, but I really, really do not like doing laundry!

Anyway, Friday morning arrived and I was ready to go! Out of bed around 5:00.

Washed my cucumbers and put them in a brine to get started on some sweet pickles.

Was at Aunt Peggy’s around 6:20 to pick up corn.  Got it!

Headed to my mother’s house after a quick stop at the Dollar Market for freezer bags.

My mother and I shucked, silked and cut off the cob about 140 (we had 150 or so, but I froze some of it on the cob) ears of corn.

Back home to cook the corn.  Got it cooked and ready to cool before bagging.

Supper then church.

Got my corn bagged and in the freezer!  My day ended around 10:30!

Saturday morning, time to do more laundry.

Did I mention, I hate doing laundry!  Well, I do!

Now I am working on getting the process of canning and freezing green beans and corn posted on the website.  Hopefully, I will have that posted in by Thursday or Friday.

So, keep watching for it!  Everyone have a great and blessed day!

Family, Friends, Corn

Posted by Dana

The past weekends events got me to thinking about family, friends and corn.  So, in light of that I will share with you a few stories about these three subjects.

My oldest son and some of his friends were cooking supper at another friends house the other night and I overheard them discussing the menu.  One friend was asked to stop at the store and pick up some corn, green beans and rolls.  I shuddered at the thought of those kids eating corn and green beans out of a can.  After all, don’t they deserve the finer things in life.  So, I offered up fresh corn from my freezer and fresh green beans from my pantry that I had canned.  My son’s girlfriend looked at me and said, “I don’t know how to fix those.”  I gave her the directions on preparing the corn and green beans and told her if she had any problems not to worry because my oldest could take over he knows how to cook them.  I think every thing turned out fine.

Abbott (right) and Costello, 1942

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Incredible corn [type and taste].  This is the type of corn my parents grow, as does my Aunt Peggy and Uncle Ronald.  Hubby and I do not grow our own corn due to the fact that we are honored to receive all we want and need either from my parents or Aunt Peggy and Uncle Ronald.  Aunt Peggy says you could do a “Who’s On First” skit with incredible corn.  Now for those of you that are too young to remember the “Who’s On First” it was a skit done by the comedy act Abbott and Costello [look them up].  Anyway, when asked what kind of corn you have, your reply would be incredible.  They reply, yes I know it’s incredible, but what kind is it!  Incredible. Yes, but what kind. Incredible. Well, you get the picture.  Not only is the corn incredible, it is also incredible because it is soooooo good!

This story is kinda funny, but also kinda sad, you will see why as you read.  A dear friend married when she was in her early 20’s, but she never mastered the art of cooking or baking.  She and her new husband ate a lot of frozen pizza and take out, or ate at her parents or his parents.  On one particular occasion, with a little encouragement from me, I managed to talk her into trying her hand at freezing corn. She thought that might be a skill to learn as it would benefit her in her new married life.  So, we cut, cooked, bagged and placed in her freezer about 20+ bags of corn.  Now mind you, this should have been more than enough corn for two people and should have lasted them until the next corn season [the operative word here is SHOULD]!  My friend was so excited at her new found skill that her poor husband ate corn almost every night until all the corn was gone.  She did add a few more “frozen” items to her menu to go along with the corn, but I don’t think her [ex]husband really cares for corn to this day.

I hope you have enjoyed these stories I know I enjoyed writing them. They brought back so many memories, old and new.

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