Kitchen Parade by Shirley

Kitchen Parade celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009 with a collection of my mother's favorite recipes, even her very own columns. In 1959, my mother Shirley started writing Kitchen Parade for our family newspaper in a small town in northern Minnesota. She was a young wife and new mother then, also a home economist and city girl finding her place in a small town. Week in, week out, she wrote her Kitchen Parade column for twelve years and only stopped when our family moved away. After my mother's death in 2002, I resurrected Kitchen Parade in my own style, and later began publishing here online . If there's one thing to know about my mother, it's that she loved a party! So in 2009, to celebrate Kitchen Parade's 50th anniversary, I featured many of Mom's favorite recipes, including – it was fun! – some from her very own columns published in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s! Readers learned to watch for these special recipes – Kitchen Parad

Irish Soda Bread Muffins

Erin go braugh, me lassies and laddies. Tis time for a wee muffin, perhaps with a cuppa tea? So fire up the oven, you'll be sittin' down in no time, happy to bite into a hot bit of bread with just a touch tad of caraway but plenty-for-sure, of dried fruit. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~ COMPLIMENTS! "My mother was an Irish immigrant and ... always dressed up [soda bread] for the holiday by adding dried fruit ... This recipe was really a wonderful throwback to a very long time ago." ~Ann Silicone: A Culinary Disappointment. My vote for the biggest cookware scam in recent history? Silicone. How many of us rushed out to buy crayon-colored sets of those rubber-like Bundt pans, muffin trays and then – after a few disappointing tries – whisked them off to Goodwill? All that promise, all our money. What a waste. So here’s my own list of silicone duds, along with the only two pieces of silicone left in my kitchen which, surprise, I really love. Si

Mexican Gashouse Eggs

For generations, Gashouse Eggs have been family favorites, collecting dozens of clever, amusing names. Now there’s a new game in town, the Mexican Gashouse Egg, an egg fried in a tortilla with a hole in the center. Yep, it's that easy! Real Food, Fresh & Flexible. Weekday Easy, Weekend Special. Weight Watchers Friendly.

No-Boil Lasagna Recipes

Who knew that lasagna noodles needn't be cooked before baking the lasagna? Here are two oh-so-easy lasagna recipes, one for a 'personal pan lasagna' perfect for cooking for one or two, another for lasagna made in the crockpot. “I never cook anymore, now that it’s just me,” say women, especially, once their families are grown and their husbands gone. Often, it’s just easier to rely on frozen meals. That means no cooking, no waste and no clean-up – but to my mind, no pleasure, either. So I’ve been working on recipes especially suited for cooking for one or two, ones which I hope perfectly blend convenience and freshness, flavor and pleasure. SPINACH DIP The lasagna’s spinach mixture double-duties as spinach dip, too, perfect for spreading on crackers or tucking into an omelet or packing into the slit of a thick pork chop. Use the same ingredients, just sauté the onion in a little water or oil before combining with the spinach, ricotta and seasonings. CRO

My Mom's Pancake Recipe

Perfect for Pancake Tuesday (that's Shrove Tuesday on the Christian calendar) or Sunday breakfast or Pancake Night , this is my mother's recipe for light and fluffy pancakes, either buttermilk pancakes or sweet-milk pancakes. Especially for new cooks, the recipe includes lots of pancake tips and tricks. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~ COMPLIMENTS! "Awesome recipe! ... So nice and fluffy!" ~ Anonymous BEST RECIPES! Mom's Pancakes Made the List! Best Recipes of 2009 Pancakes for Supper, An Annual Tradition On Mardi Gras calendars, the Tuesday before Lent is "Fat Tuesday". On Christian calendars, that same Tuesday is "Shrove Tuesday," the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, the day that we plant Lenten Grass . But on culinary calendars, that Tuesday is "Pancake Night" – the one night a year when tradition moves pancakes from the breakfast nook to the supper table. A Weekly Opportunity? W