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Stories and Stovies

Little Miss Muffet

A S(al)ad Story

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on her tuffet
Eating her curds and whey.

Along came a spider
That sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.

Charlotte's Cranberry Salad

This is my Cranberry Salad in this case because when I make it, I'm the only one at home who eats it because everybody else likes that gutless jellied stuff!

Just follow the recipe on the Ocean Spray 12 oz bag of cranberries. I think it calls for the bag of cranberries, one cup sugar and one cup water - but check it out.

Wash the berries. Boil up your sugar and water until dissolved - remember this is all from memory because I am preparing this cookbook before the cranberry packages are all over the supermarket for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

When your sugar is dissolved, add the berries, bring back to the boil then simmer until the berries pop.

Oh, instead of using water use the juice strained from mandarin oranges or chopped pineapples because, when the berries are a little cool, you add a can or two of strained mandarin oranges, or pineapples, etc. I like to add about 1/2 cup of walnuts, too.

Pour into a casserole and let jell. Garnish with some heavy whipped cream, but only add about 2 tablespoons of sugar per cup of cream to keep the German texture that I like.

Serve cool, but it's still a great sauce warm over ham, turkey, pork, chicken, etc. - but remember to check those measurements.

Charlotte's Potato Salad

Prepare your potatoes just like you're planning to make mashed potatoes. Don't boil them up as soft, though. When you drain them into the colander, let them cool. Then you get to add all the good stuff - onions, celery, a little salt, pepper, chopped up boiled eggs, mustard, etc. Cream up the salad with mayonnaise and mustard. Garnish with bacon bits, sliced eggs, paprika, etc., and enjoy.

Oh, I love to prepare food and making up this book for my family is even more fun!

Three men in a tub
Three men in a tub;
And who do you think they be?

The butcher, the baker,
The candlestick-maker.

They all jumped out of a rotten potato,
Turn’em out, knaves all three!

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