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Thursday, 04 August 2011 14:37

By Nola Straub

I always loved the evening meals when dad, (Charles Orley Troxel) came in from the field. If the meal was not ready he sat at the piano playing by ear and singing at the top of his voice the songs from his childhood. I always thought that it was a shame that nobody got to hear him but us as he had a good voice.

His dad (Charles David Troxel) had been a song leader at the Elmer Church on the North divide. I don’t think he was too impressed by my playing the piano after a couple years of lessons. He played by ear and corded.


Smokies in Bacon

Nola Evans

2 lbs. of little smokies

1 1/2 c. brown sugar

8 oz. grape jelly

1 lb. bacon

Cut bacon strips in thirds. Wrap each smokie with bacon, securing with toothpicks. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 min. to get some of the grease melted off. Drain and put smokies in a crock pot. Combine brown sugar and jelly; pour over smokies. Cook on high for 2-3 hours.


Garden Sauté

Pat Cramer

1/4 c. chopped red onion

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tsp. olive oil

1 med. yellow summer squash, sliced

1 med. zucchini, sliced

1/2 c. fresh mushrooms, sliced

1 med. tomato, cut into wedges

1/2 c. chopped celery

1/2 tsp. lemon juice

1/4 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed

1/4 tsp. dill weed

1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/8 tsp. fennel seed

1/8 tsp. pepper

In a large skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray, sauté onion and garlic in oil until tender. Add the remaining ingredients; gently stir. Cover and cook over medium heat for 5-7 min. or until vegetables are tender.


Tilapia with Cucumber


Pat Cramer

2/3 c. chopped seeded cucumber

1/2 c. chopped radishes

1 tbsp. tarragon vinegar

1 tsp. olive oil

1/2 tsp. salt, divided

1/4 tsp. pepper, divided

1/8 tsp. sugar

 In a small bowl, combine cucumber and radishes. In another small bowl, whisk the vinegar, oil and 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/8 tsp. pepper and sugar. Pour over cucumber mixture; toss to coat evenly.

1/8 tsp. paprika

Combine paprika and remaining salt and pepper. Sprinkle on the four tilapia fillets.

4 Tilapia fillets (about 6 ounces each)

1 tbsp. butter

In a large nonstick skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray, melt butter. Add fish; cook for 3-4 min. on each side or until fish flakes easily with your fork. Serve with the cucumber relish. Servings: 4.


Quick Pizza

Norma’s Collection

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

12 flour tortillas

2 lbs. more or less fully cooked sausage

16 oz. pizza sauce

1 lb. grated cheese of your choice or choices

Place tortillas on a cookie sheet, about 4 to a pan. Spread pizza sauce on tortillas and grated cooked sausage and grated cheese. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 10 min. Cut into wedges to serve. Also you can add sliced ham chopped. . .or canned tuna.

(You can grate sausage with a large grater if it is partly frozen. . . or hamburger.)


Three-Chili Turkey Tacos Pat Cramer

1 lb. ground turkey

1 small onion, chopped

1/3 c. chopped sweet red pepper

1/3 c. beer

1/3 c. chili sauce

1 4 oz. can chopped green chilies

3 1/4 tsp. chili powder

1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 clove garlic

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

10 taco shells, warmed

1 1/4 c. shredded lettuce

2/3 c. shredded cheddar cheese

In a large skillet, cook the turkey, onion and red pepper over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink, drain. Stir the beer into chili sauce, chilies, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-7 min. or until heated through. Spoon turkey mixture into toco shells; top with lettuce and cheese.


Hope this finds all of your summers going well! I decided to go to Wichita, Kan., for another portrait class with Karen Patton. I love taking the class and seeing what everyone else is painting. I used to go in the spring about March and again about July.

I painted Harry in his Air Force uniform the first one I went to as we did not have enough money to buy the colored picture so I painted the Air Force Blue.

I did our wedding picture and 25th anniversary with the two boys and will do our 50th this summer with our two boys. I’ve painted various poses of the grandchildren and other children and friends through the years.


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