Sunday, October 31, 2010

I think we'll eat Reuben sandwiches tonight

As I was thinking about making supper... Reuben sandwiches came to mind.  It feels like forever since we've had them and before the girls head back to college it would be a nice home cooked meal.   A couple of days ago I made bran pumpernickel bread that is wonderful!!! 

 Bran Pumpernickel Bread

3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1  tablespoon instant coffee
2 1/2 cups whole bran cereal
1/2 cup molasses
2  teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons caraway
2  packages yeast active dry
3/4 cup water warm (105° to 115° f)

3 cups flour
1 cup rye flour

In a medium saucepan, heat milk, butter or margarine and coffee powder until melted and dissolved. Add next four ingredients and blend well. Let set 5 minutes. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water; let set until foamy, 5 to 10 minutes. Add milk mixture and rye flour; stir in enough all-purpose flour to make a stiff dough. Knead on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, 5 to 7 minutes. Place in a greased bowl; turn dough to coat surface. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, until doubled, 60 to 75 minutes. Punch down dough and form into two loaves. Slash tops several times. Place on a greased baking sheet, cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, until doubled, 40 to 50 minutes. Brush with cold water; bake in a preheated 350° F oven, for 35 to 40 minutes or until tests done. Remove from baking sheets; cool on wire racks.

Then it dawned on me that we didn't have thousand island salad dressing. Then I wondered if I could make my own.  To the computer I went and this is what I found...

Thousand Island Salad Dressing


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped celery
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Salad greens


  • In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Serve with salad greens. Yield: 1-1/2 cups.  So it looks like we'll have Reuben sandwiches afterall!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Have you missed me?

I know many of my friends have been asking where are you and what's going on...  Well, life...pure and simple.  The garden is now done and I'm working on my new Artfire Studio  Trying to learn a new format is taking some time.  There will be many NEW things coming to Country Soaps for the upcoming holidays...stay tuned!!!