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Thursday, 09 February 2012 15:57

By Nola Straub

The weather outside is crazy. . . I received this recipe from a friend from Kaycee. Wyo., Wendy Andrew Niffenegger. She calls it a ‘Good cure for cold or colds.’


Wendy’s Magic

Chicken Soup

One whole chicken dressed and washed. Boiled until the meat starts falling off the bone. De-bone chicken and put meat back into the same water you boiled it in. (You can substitute chicken breasts if wanted.)

Add to the pot of meat and broth pot:




Mixed vegetables (You do not have to drain the water.)

Chicken base to taste

A bit (not much) crushed red peppers

A bit jalapeño juice

A bit coffee grounds (Too much will turn soup brown.)

Black pepper to taste

Keep pot on slow boiling until all veggies are done.



2 eggs

Flour, about a cup

A bit of water to make a medium thick batter. Add some pepper. Mix good using a spoon.

Drizzle the batter into the boiling soup. Noodles will cook and float to the top.

There you now have a good Old Fashioned Chicken Magic Soup. Enjoy!


One of my son’s friends started a site for recipes from the past . . . To share recipes from local people who have moved on or are no longer living. I thought Wauneta might like to share in these recipes from the past and share some of the older local recipes from past Wauneta residents.


Coralie Knudson’s Hot

Fudge for Ice Cream

2 c. sugar

2/3 c. cocoa

1/4 c. flour

Add slowly:

2 c. water and boil 8-10 mins.

Remove from heat. Add:

1/4 tsp. vanilla

2 tbsp. butter

Refrigerate and heat when ready to use.


Easy Chili for

Cold Evenings

Nola Straub

1 tsp. vegetable oil

1 lb. lean ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cans condensed tomato soup

1 c. water


Black pepper

Chili powder

Shredded cheese to garnish.

Heat oil in lg. skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef and onion. Cook and stir until beef is well browned. Drain off excess fat. Put meat mixture and water in crock-pot slow cooker. Add salt, pepper and chili powder to taste. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. It could cook for up to 8 hours. Garnish with shredded cheese and serve with crackers or thick slices of Italian bread.


Soft Sugar Cookie

Kit Harberger

1 c. sugar

1 c. butter

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. salt

2 c. flour

1/2 tsp. cream of tarter

Cream butter until fluffy and gradually add cup of sugar. Stir in egg and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients and add to sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla mixture. Roll into small balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake about 10 min. in a 350 degree oven OR for a short cut just mix all ingredients and spoon dough onto greased cookie sheets and bake 10 min. in a 350 degree oven.


Pumpkin Seed Candy

Crazy Quilt Guild

1 c. hulled pepitas

1/4 c. sugar

2/3 c. good quality honey

3 tbsp. cold unsalted butter plus

2 Tbs. melted butter for brushing

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pepitas; toast, stirring constantly until seeds pop and become slightly golden, about 3 min. Transfer to a bowl to cool. Place sugar and honey in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar, about 3 min. Add pepitas, and continue cooking until temperature registers 285 degrees on a candy thermometer, 3 to 4 min. Remove from heat and stir in cold butter. Let mixture cool to 240 degrees, about 4 min. Meanwhile brush the inside of 15 1-inch diameter black paper cups with melted butter, reserving 1 tbsp. Spoon a scant tbsp. of the honey mixture into each cup. Brush a clean work surface with the remaining butter and spoon on the remaining honey mixture; mixture will continue to cool. When it is stiff and cool enough to handle, put one piece in the center of each of the 15 pieces of cellophane wrap and gather it at the top and secure with a 4.5 inch of floral wire and curl around a skewer to form tendrils.

I personally have not tried this as I like quick, fast recipes and don’t take too much time anymore to make fussy things. Bless the people who do! It is fun for kids! I used to like to try them when I was young with my sister Norma who was always trying new things. I enjoyed all the new recipes in the Crazy Quilt Guild letters this past year. Harry’s Redden nieces used to like to roast pumpkin seeds and eat them at card games.


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