Melba's Swap Shop: Don't squash the cucumbers

June 19 Melba's Swap Shop
Modified: June 18, 2013 at 4:23 pm •  Published: June 19, 2013
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DEAR MELBA: Here is a recipe for Shoney's Beef Cabbage Stew requested by a reader.

SHONEY'S BEEF CABBAGE STEW

1 pound ground beef

1/2 head cabbage, sliced 1/4-inch-thick or chopped

2 ribs celery, chopped

1 medium onion chopped

1 can (16 ounces) chili beans

1 can (16 ounces) ranch style beans

1 can (28 ounces) chopped tomato stew

28 ounces water, use stew can to measure

4 beef bouillon cubes

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

In large soup pot, brown beef; drain. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to boil, simmer 1 hour or until vegetables are tender.

To serve, garnish with grated cheese.

SUE MIKAWA, Oklahoma City

DEAR READERS: I had a note from a reader questioning the Easy Strawberry Cake recipe we published recently. So, I decided to share my mother's recipe.

EASY STRAWBERRY CAKE

1 box (18 ounces) strawberry cake mix

1 box (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin

4 eggs, beaten

2/3 cup cooking oil

2 tablespoons flour

1 cup sliced fresh strawberries

Ignore directions and ingredients listed on box. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9-by-13-inch pan. In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Bake in prepared pan 35 minutes.

GLAZE

1/2 cup sliced strawberries

Confectioners sugar

In medium bowl of electric mixer, beat strawberries with enough confectioners sugar to make a glaze. Spread on cake and return to oven until glaze melts. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers.

MELBA

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