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Phyllis' Fixin's

Soups and stews taste so good this time of the year, with the cold, snowy weather. Nothing like staying indoors and making a big kettle full and sharing it. The following recipes are all from local cookbooks, so we know they HAVE to be good!

Cream of Broccoli Soup

1/4 C. chopped onion

2 T. butter

1 (10 oz.) pkg. Green Giant Broccoli with Cheese Sauce

1 can chicken broth

1 C. half and half

1 C. milk

2 T. flour


Cook onion, broccoli, butter and chicken broth together until vegetables are tender. Mash vegetables. Cool. Make paste of flour and milk. Add to half and half and vegetable mixture. Increase milk if thinner soup is desired.

Wild Rice Soup

2 T. butter

1 T. onion, minced

1/4 C. flour

2 cans chicken broth

2 C. cooked wild rice

1/2 tsp. salt

1/3 C. diced ham

1/3 C. grated carrots

1 C. half and half

Minced parsley or chives

Melt butter in large saucepan. Saute onion until tender. Blend in flour, gradually add broth. Cook, stirring constantly, until it thickens. Stir in rice, salt, ham, and carrots. Simmer about 5 minutes. Blend in half and half. Heat to serving temperature. Garnish with parsley or chives.

It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in Heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping

- John Sinor

Clam Chowder

1 C. celery, chopped

1 C. onion, chopped

1 C. potatoes, diced

2 cans clams, reserving juice

1 qt. milk or half and half

2/3 C. flour

2/3 C. butter

Cook celery, onion and potatoes until tender. Add drained clams to this mixture and keep hot. Heat milk and clam juice until very hot. Add flour and butter to milk mixture; mix well and bring to same temperature as potato mixture. Add the 2 hot mixtures together and simmer.

Crockpot Beef Stew

2 lbs. stew meat

1 can tomato soup

1 can cream of celery soup

1 can peas, with juice

2-3 sliced potatoes

1 C. carrots, diced

1 onion, chopped

Put ingredients into a crockpot in the order given. Cook on Low setting for 8 hours.

Some of Grandma's Cures:

Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 C. vinegar with 1/4 C. of honey and take 1 T. six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.

Honey remedy for skin blemishes: Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

Smart splint remover: just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

Quaker Oats for fast pain relief: It's not just for breakfast anymore. Mix 2 C. Quaker Oats and 1 C. water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer: If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler, filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.