MELBA SWAP SHOP
WE’RE NUTS ABOUT NUTS
DEAR READERS: This is a recipe from the past shared by Norm Crawford. It sounds too good not to print it again with an invitation for you to share your father’s (or husband’s) recipes for Father’s Day, which will be June 15.
Some men cook because they have to if they want to eat. Others just enjoy cooking. Let’s share their favorite recipes.
1/4 cup cooking oil
4 cups (about 11/4 pounds) whole blanched almonds
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon sugar
11/2 teaspoons dried red pepper
•In a heavy skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Stir in the almonds and cook about 8 minutes, until golden brown.
•In small bowl, mix cumin, sugar and pepper flakes and sprinkle over the nuts. Toss to be sure they’re well coated with the spicy oil. These will keep at least a week in a covered container.
DEAR MELBA: This is a fun recipe for parties. The amount of each ingredient is up to you. In large mixing bowl, combine mixed nuts, cashews, raisins and chopped dried apricots. Stir, and they’re ready.
— Dave Farrington, Midwest City
DEAR MELBA: This might be the recipe Beth Harvey requested.
BISHOP’S BROWN DERBY STEAK
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon prepared mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt, approximately
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, approximately
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1 can beef gravy
•Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, egg, chicken broth, mustard, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce. Shape into 4 patties.
•In large skillet, brown patties in butter. Arrange in 8-by-8-inch casserole dish.
•In medium mixing bowl, mix 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and beef gravy.
•Pour over patties and bake 30 minutes.
Note: This is optional, but the patties can be topped with onion rings.
— Lucille Pitts, Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: I think readers might enjoy this church sign: Need help? Call 1-800-God’s Son.
— Stephen C. Hall, Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: Here’s a sign from a church in Harrah that I think you’ll like: Worry is the darkroom in which negatives are developed.
— Bill Fisher, Harrah
DEAR MELBA: I saw this sign on a church in Midwest City: Give the devil an inch and he will become your ruler.
— Margie Booth, Choctaw
DEAR READERS: You are so kind and thoughtful, I had a note of thanks for you from Kathryn Jones who said you helped her have a wonderful 99th birthday. I thank you, too.
DEAR MELBA: Remember, prayer may not change things for you, but it, for sure, changes you for change.
— Mary Lee Colwell, Red Oak
DEAR MELBA: This is one of my favorite chuckles: A gracious lady was mailing an old family Bible to her brother in another part of the country. “Is there anything breakable in here?” asked the postal clerk. “Only the Ten Commandments,” answered the lady.
— Karen Bishop, Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: I read in your column that Luke Zamberlin wanted to find a restaurant where Peanut Butter Pie was served. We went out to eat at Legends on Lindsay Street in Norman, and discovered they serve a Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie. Please tell Luke.
— Gloria Burrus
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