I must say Mother Nature didn’t get my message! I know you people out there are tired of this also. You got it …. It rained. All you people who are out there “doing that rain dance again”. Please STOP. The holiday is HERE and we don’t have time for this awful weather. My poor neighbors, who can only come down on the weekend, is taking his vacation this week and guess what RAIN! But I know a few people who are tickled…..the FARMERS. Have you ever seen such beautiful crops like we have this year? I guess Mother Nature can’t please everyone.
Well, there is one good thing that happened this last week. An e-mail friend sent me a new peach recipe that she is developing. She had gone on vacation to Georgia and brought back peaches. So of course I mentioned to the Hubby, IT’S TIME FOR A TULIP GREEN RECIPE CONTEST! I asked the Hubby if he was up to this task. You see he was the judge last year and I didn’t know if he could handle it again. He struggled! You see we had such great recipes that it was hard for him to decide which one was the best. If you happened to be one of those people who did not read my column then, the GREEN BEAN BUNDLES won the first prize and the APPLE DUMPLINGS was the runner up. Today, I will enclose them again if you forgot to cut them out of the paper. They are wonderful.
There was a prize last year and who knows, there might be another this year. All you have to do is send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or simply write it down and mail to Tulip Green in care of the News Democrat newspaper. Mr. O.J. said he would be happy to see that I received them. So get that recipe box out and start writing them down.
GREEN BEAN BUNDLES
2 cans whole green beans, drained
1 pound bacon strips
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Dash of Soy Sauce
Salt and black pepper to taste
Mix butter, brown sugar, soy sauce and garlic powder in a saucepan and heat just to boiling, remove from heat. Cut bacon strips in half. Make bundles by wrapping 7 to 8 beans with one half bacon strip for each bundle. Place bundles seam side down in a 13x9 baking dish. Pour butter and soy sauce mixture over them evenly. Cover the dish and refrigerate overnight. The next day heat the oven to 350 degrees and bake the beans uncovered for about 45 minutes, or until bacon strips are done. Remove bundles to a plate and serve. (Some people prefer to use a toothpick in each bundle, but I think it un- necessary.
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into 8 slices
1 can crescent rolls
½ cup of sugar or 1 and ½ cup Splenda Recipe
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ stick butter
1 can Sprite
Open rolls and roll each slice in a roll (starting from the large end of the roll). Place in a 9 X 9 pan. Melt margarine, add sugar and cinnamon and spoon over dumplings. Add Sprite last. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. This will be soupy, let it set an hour or two and it will absorb.
It’s really easy, just e-mail, send by mail or drop it off at the newspaper office with my name on it. We will be testing the recipes the entire month of July so you have plenty of time.
You will be actually reading this article on the 4th of July. Please remember how precious it is to have freedom. Take a moment to remind your family how wonderful it is to celebrate in a free country. And as always, enjoy every moment for that’s all we have. Bye now!