Showing posts from April, 2009

Mom's Roast Chicken

My mother's recipe for roast chicken with all the trimmings (stuffing! chicken gravy!), first published in Kitchen Parade in 1965 - in print, naturally. It belongs to a special collection of her recipes, Kitchen Parade by Shirley, published online in 2009 in celebration of Kitchen Parade's 50th anniversary. “A roast chicken with all the trimmings rates high on the list of everybody’s favorite meals. So many of the younger homemakers are afraid to roast a chicken. It sounds so complicated and so much fuss. It really isn’t. The secret is to have a stuffing recipe that everyone likes so that preparation time is cut to the minimum. This may not be so easy. Some times two adults have completely different ideas of good poultry stuffing. It took me seven years to achieve one that my husband and I like. Maybe you’ll like it too.”~ Kitchen Parade, circa 1965 In my mother’s childhood, Sunday dinner was often roast chicken with all the trimmings. Family lore says that her English-born fath…

Win an HP Photosmart All-in-One Wireless Printer

Just a few more days left in the special giveaway offer for the readers of Kitchen Parade and A Veggie Venture. This isn't one of those contests where the odds of winning something worth $10 is 1:million. Entering is easy! Win an HP Photosmart All-in-One Printer
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Old-Fashioned Black Walnut Chocolate Cake

A classic chocolate cake, moist and earthy, studded with black walnuts. An old family recipe now 'reunited' with its story. RECIPE REUNIONS
Careful Kitchen Parade readers just might recognize this column's story about the Missouri woman and her black walnut tree. You see, the story was published back in February along with the recipe for Black Walnut Bread. Then, just a week ago, the woman's daughter told me, "I've got the chocolate cake recipe that matches that story."
Thank you, Vera, for sharing the recipe for your mother's 'Lady Betty Cake'. I like to think that she is beaming from heaven, pleased to know that her legacy for all her children and grandchildren and even great-grandchildren now also includes the family's long-time favorite walnut chocolate cake. It was a hard-scrabble place, that farm, but to a Missouri widow and her four children in the 1940s and 50s, it was home.Out front was a black walnut tree with a trunk larger t…

Mango Chicken Salad

Did you know that mangoes are the world's favorite fruit? Here, just in time for warmer weather, fresh mango is paired with cooked chicken and a touch of curry for a delicious -- but still light -- chicken salad.
"... this was delicious! ... Soo delicious and satisfying!" ~ Lynessa
Last fall, a shopper was woman-handling the peaches at a nearby grocery, squeezing one then another for ripeness. "The produce here is terrible," she complained loudly to no one in particular. I attempted to explain, “It's past-season for peaches." She stared my way as if I were daft and answered with ferocity. "Not anymore. You can get them all year."So we can. But that doesn’t mean we should, not when the peach orchards of Missouri and southern Illinois bear juicy-sweet fruit all July and August, plenty time for gorging.But what about fruit that doesn’t grow nearby? How much should ‘season’ matter when fruit is imported from California or Mexico?I as…