hkOriginalsMaineville, OH, US
I am Helen Knecht. I like to create art with watercolor, colored pencil, pen and ink, gouache, acrylics, markers and digitally on my computer. My style is illustrative and impressionistic. I also like to write children’s stories.
Recipes By hkOriginals
BEANS AROUND THE WORLD CONTEST
Navy bean soup with mom’s special touch—drop homemade noodles. I will be making that today. Wish you were here, but since you are not, let me tell you how my mom made it. Sorry I do not have measurements, mom knew how to guess.
Drain beans, rinse, add to big pan, and soak in water overnight.
The next morning, drain beans again, return to same pot, cover with water, and add pork butt if desired. I use beef broth instead.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and cook 3–4 hours until beans are tender. Keep watch because you may need to add more liquid.
Prepare noodles by mixing flour, eggs and enough water to make a soft dough. Drop by the spoonful into the boiling bean soup. Cook approximately 10 minutes, uncovered until noodles are cooked through and slightly firm.
Serve with white bread or cornbread (and ketchup if you dare—I choose not to—sorry Mom!)
Especially good on a cold, wet, dreary day, but actually good anytime!
We are fortunate to have recipes and food available to us from many different cultures. From Mexico, we can enjoy tortillas, tacos and fajitas. Who can resist Italian food such as Lasagna, Ravioli and pasta? Then from China, we get won ton soup, stir fried rice and orange chicken. And these delicious foods cannot be made without SPICES.
I remember Santa filling my stocking with a tangerine and lots of candy! I ate it at 3 or 4 in the morning when we were full of anticipation and could not wait for daylight. One year our grandparents brought our family a giant candy cane. I believe it was around 6 inches in diameter and about a foot long. Of course I was just a little girl and it may have seemed bigger than it actually was. It was big though, and we had to break pieces off with a hammer! It lasted a long, long time even with our family of 9! Now that I think of it, the candy cane may have been even bigger than 6 inches in diameter. I do not know where they purchased this enormous piece of candy, but I sure enjoyed it and think of it every Christmas!
My mom made these many times when I was growing up. It was and is a favorite food of mine. Toasting the buttered bread in a skillet results in soft toast. Although there were 7 kids, we were not all eating at the same time because of our age differences. Still, Mom must have stood at the stove a very long time when we were hungry for a toasted tomato sandwich. One was never enough!
Once upon a time, my favorite comfort food was peanut butter mixed with marshmallow creme. A few weeks ago, after a particularly-ugly-dreadful day, I eagerly went to the kitchen to prepare my recipe. Sadly, I found no marshmallow creme in the cupboard! But I did find a tub of frozen topping in the fridge. I mixed peanut butter with the topping—it immediately became my new comfort food. BONUS: fewer calories!