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MOTHERS CREATE MEMORABLE FOOD
DEAR MELBA: One thing I remember from my childhood, my mom took saltine crackers and put marshmallows on top. Then she would put them under the broiler just until lightly brown. I still make them for myself, and I made them for my daughter when she was younger. As a popcorn lover, let me say marshmallows melted on popcorn is soooo good, too.
The easy way is to pop the corn, sprinkle with miniature marshmallows then zap in the microwave for a few seconds.
— Lisetta Vladovich, Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: In memory of my mother, I would like to share one of her recipes. This is one my family really likes. The main difference in this and a lot of regular hamburger casseroles is the use of mushroom soup added to the drained macaroni. It just makes the casserole much better.
2 pounds ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
2 cups diced tomatoes
1/2 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons steak sauce
2 1/2 cups cooked macaroni
1 can cream of mushroom soup
•Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large skillet, brown ground beef; drain. Return to skillet and add onions, peppers, tomatoes, ketchup and steak sauce. Cook over low heat while preparing macaroni by package directions.
•Drain macaroni and add mushroom soup. Stir until well blended. Stir both mixtures together. You can add some water or tomato juice if mixture is too dry.
•Spread in 9-by-13-inch pan. Bake about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle cheese on top. Return to oven and bake just until cheese melts.
— Carol Jackson, N. Carolina
DEAR MELBA: Here is my mother’s Chess Pie recipe, which she invented to satisfy her love of Dodson’s dessert after we moved from Oklahoma City to Ardmore many years ago.
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons lemon zest
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 unbaked 9 inch pie crust
•Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl of electric mixer, combine sugar, flour and cornmeal. Toss lightly with fork to mix. Add remaining ingredients except pie crust. Beat until smooth. Pour into piecrust. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, until center is set.
— Betty Bruce, Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: This is one of my favorite chuckles: A Sunday school teacher began her lesson with a question, “Boys and girls, what do we know about God?”
A hand shot up in the air. “He’s an artist!” said the kindergarten boy.
“Really? How do you know?” the teacher asked.
“You know — Our Father, who does art in Heaven ...”
— Karen Bishop, Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: You printed the crochet pattern for scrubbies. I also remember a pattern that said to cut circles out of nylon net and stitch them together. Hopefully, someone has that pattern also.
— Lillian Brejda
DEAR READERS: Dave Farrington, of Midwest City, sent me an Easter card that is appropriate for any day of the year, including Easter: May God, who filled your thoughtful heart with so much warmth and love, fill this day and every day with beauty from above.
Happy Mother’s Day.
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