The “Bear” has had biscuits and gravy three times in the last week. He got sick with a terrible cold and said that it would get better if I made biscuits and gravy.

The “Bear” has had biscuits and gravy three times in the last week. He got sick with a terrible cold and said that it would get better if I made biscuits and gravy.

I did not believe him, but it was easier to let him have his wish than to listen to him. He is, therefore, a very happy camper.

Actually, it made my days easier, too, as I caught his cold and had it much worse than he did. So we had our biscuits and gravy about 10:30 a.m. and then had a light supper about 3 or 4 p.m. We topped off the evening about 6:30 with fruit or something light. I did a bit of cooking on the light supper menu, but I did not do a lot all week long.

The “Bear” however is very happy and when he is happy, everyone is happy.


Pralines

2 3/4 cups granulated sugar

2/3 cup half and half cream (non-fat)

1/8 teaspoon soda

3 cups pecan halves

2 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

Put 2 cups sugar, cream and soda in a large pan and bring to a boil. Caramelize 3/4 cup granulated in a small iron skillet until it is a light caramel color and free of lumps. (Remove from heat and stir to eliminate any lumps that may form.) Add the caramelized sugar to the boiling mixture of sugar, cream and soda. Stir well. Cook until a small amount forms a soft ball in cold water, or to 238 degrees on the candy thermometer. Add pecan halves and cook 1 minute. Remove from stove and add butter and vanilla. Beat until the mixture begins to change color. Drop on greased wax paper and let cool. Wrap each praline in wax paper or plastic wrap and store in cookie tin.


Date balls

2 sticks margarine

1 cup sugar

1 package dates

2 cups Rice Krispies

1 cup nuts

Powdered sugar

Cook dates, margarine and sugar together about 10 minutes or until thick. Cool. Add Rice Krispies and nuts. Shape into small balls and roll in powdered sugar. Makes 50 date balls.


Fruit cocktail

48 English walnuts

48 grapes

8 bananas

4 oranges

2 pineapples

2 cups sugar

1 cup orange juice

4 tablespoons lemon juice

2 cups red wine (optional)

Chop nuts and dice fruit. Make a syrup of sugar, orange juice, lemon juice and red wine. Pour syrup over fruit and nuts. This recipe may be prepared and stored in refrigerator well ahead of serving time. This is expensive to make but lasts for several days, so comparatively, it is good.



Three times three fruit salad

3 oranges, juice and pulp

3 lemons, juice and pulp

3 bananas, mashed

3 cups sugar

3 cups water

Heat sugar and water just long enough to dissolve the sugar. Let cool slightly, then stir in the fruit. Freeze until nearly solid. Then remove from refrigerator and mash with a potato masher. Return to freezer to refreeze firmly.
 

Grouchy Bear never tires of biscuits and gravy, so he is in a great mood this week. I should just do that every week, but I hate to let him win.

See you next week.