Friday, November 21, 2014

Jellied Cranberries—from UP A COUNTRY LANE COOKBOOK, by Evelyn Birkby

Thinking of your Thanksgiving dinner plans? This year, try a cranberry sauce that doesn't come in the shape of a tin can from Up a Country Lane Cookbook, by Evelyn Birkby.

Jellied Cranberries

2 cups cold water
4 cups berries
2 cups sugar

Combine berries and water in saucepan and cook until the berries pop. Put through food mill or food processor. Combine pulp and sugar. Boil exactly 5 minutes. Pour into jars. Refrigerate for a short time, or freeze if you wish to store for longer period.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Scrambling to decide what will be on the menu this Thanksgiving? Let us help with this classic dinner roll recipe from Up a Country Lane Cookbook, by Evelyn Birkby.

Favorite Rolls

1 cup milk, scalded
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 package yeast
1/4 cup lukewarm water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 egg, beaten
3 1/2 cups flour

Scald milk. Remove from fire and add shortening, 1/4 cup sugar, and salt, stir to dissolve, then cool to lukewarm. While this is cooling, combine yeast, lukewarm water, and 1 teaspoon sugar. Let dissolve and bubble for 5 minutes. Add dissolved yeast to cooled milk mixture. Gradually beat in egg and enough flour to make a soft dough. Turn out on floured breadboard. Work in only as much flour as needed, no more; the less flour used, the lighter the rolls. Knead lightly for 3 to 4 minutes. It becomes smooth and elastic (dough has a springy feel). Place dough in greased bowl, turning once to coat all sides. Cover with clean tea towel and let rise in a draft-free place until double (about 2 hours). Punch down and knead on lightly floured board for about 5 minutes. Shape into rolls and place on greased cookie sheet or baking pan. Cover with tea towel and let rise in a warm, draft-free location until double. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Turn out on wire cooling rack. If you like a crusty roll, leave as is. If you want a soft crust, brush rolls with butter or margarine when removed from the oven. This is a fine yeast bread for beginners, but it is equally good for experienced cooks. Makes 2 dozen.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Today in Iowa Nature: November 17

Away from city lights, scan the eastern horizon for the annual Leonid meteor shower, bits of cosmic debris streaking through the night sky.

—from The Iowa Nature Calendar by Jean Prior and James Sandrock