MELBA'S SWAP SHOP
DADS ARE GOOD COOKS, TOO
DEAR MELBA: Father's Day brings memories of my deceased dad, John Abrams. He used to make the best Fried Apples when we were children. I think the recipe was from his childhood, growing up in Henryetta. These Fried Apples were so good, and he served them with bacon and biscuits. After frying the bacon, he used the drippings to cook the apples.
I also remember he was adamant about only using Jonathan apples.
I was hoping you could come up with this recipe, since you had an inside track with him.
RIKKI ABRAMS, Oklahoma City
I did have an “inside track” with him. We were married for many years.
4 apples, Jonathans or Winesaps
2 tablespoons bacon drippings
Remove the cores from the apples. Do not peal. Cut crosswise in thin slices.
Melt bacon drippings in large skillet and add apples. Cover and cook over medium heat 5 minutes.
Remove cover and cook 5 more minutes. With large spatula, carefully turn apples and cook 5 more minutes or until golden brown on both sides. The apples will be tender but not mushy. Serves 2.
DEAR MELBA: I think this is the Meatball Soup recipe Shirley McComas requested. Do pay attention to the amounts of ingredients when adding them.
1 cup chopped onions
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons oregano
1 pound ground beef chuck
1 egg, beaten lightly
Soda crackers, crushed
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
7 cups beef broth
2 or 3 small potatoes
Chop onions and garlic. In large mixing bowl, combine 1/4-cup of the onions, 1/3 of the minced garlic, 1/2-teaspoon of the oregano, the meat and egg. Mix well. Crush 10 or 12 crackers. Add to meat mixture, mixing until it sticks together enough so you can shape it into 1-inch balls.
In large Dutch oven, over medium heat, warm oil. Add remaining onions and garlic; simmer 3 to 5 minutes. Add broth, remaining oregano and sliced potatoes. Bring to boil. Add meatballs. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes until meatballs are cooked through and potatoes are done.
Makes about 4 servings.
THOMAS FORCHTNER, Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: Please let readers know that the Competition Guides for Cooking and other Creative Arts contests for the State Fair of Oklahoma are now available online at okstatefair.com/competiton/arts-crafts/.
Entries will begin July 1 and deadline for free entry is, as always, Aug. 15.
NANCY NORTZ, Oklahoma State Fair
DEAR MELBA: Probably my favorite church sign is, “You are not too bad to come in. You are not too good to stay out.”
KATHYRN OLDS, Oklahoma City
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