Howdy y'all!! From Cave Junction, Oregon...no longer in Lawton/Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. Most of y'all know.....I've had a huge year. Beginning of the year I started posting A Hidden Treasure
blog, but after about 2 of them. I had huge family medical emergency in March. In March I not only had my aunt in the hospital twice but at one point, I had my mom and aunt in the hospital and I nearly lost my mom. I can say...both are on the road to recovery,
and my aunts deal was her diabetes and well my mom's was a really weird issue. Allergies inducing something called Vocal Cord Dysfunction...weird to say, but she's doing great and today is in Rome, Italy traveling. Much also know that I had SO much hit since
March. Went on a road trip to Oregon to visit family before hubby and I move our children and ourselves up here, then trekked on up to visit a few AR members...including Witchy Woman, and a couple of other members...and that was a blast. Then making my way
to Las Vegas to meet more AR members in May, including ARElizabeth & her sister, mauigirl, Baking Nana, Marianne, Keri, LadySparkle, xraybarb & her daughter Katy, LoveBreezy & her family and loads of other AR members(love and miss you all)...about 14 of us
total...that was HUGE FUN! I left my job at Comanche County Memorial hospital to work on my catering before leaving Ft. Sill in August when my hubby medically retired from the Army & also dealing & coping with my baby sister's life altering diagnosis of Stage
3 Systemic Mastocystosis, a mass cell disease, that really changed all our lives dramatically. Not something easy to live with nor cope with either. My sister is a trooper & will continue to take chemotherapy injections for the rest of her life as well as
learning she has celiac disease & is allergic to all citrus. There again...not something easily to cope with. But she's fighting a good fight. We just have to watch her every month for labs. Stage 4 is Mass Cell Leukemia & as long as she does what the doctor
says...we may never see it get to Stage 4. But I'm learning new diet regimen to try & help her where I can. Or find new things that she could enjoy...But right now. Life is great. Very hard decision to make the move to Oregon for my hubby and kids with the
mist of issues going on with my sister. But Oregon is where I belong. It's just beautiful right now and my kids are adapting quite well. And have the most gorgeous and quaint home...and above all...BIG kitchen! I also have another AR'er close to me, ToniJo(love
her) Plus...there's a few others close too...I tend to seek out and visit. So now that I'm settling in to the mountain country life, it's really time to get back to what I started....The Hidden Treasures blog....
Hidden Treasures...in our boxes, what we have collected, but soon neglected.
How this got started was, I noticed like a lot of us, collecting recipes in our boxes...making a few here and there...but then after getting over a 1,000 in my box I realized...I've not
made that many. And look at what I saved. So instead of working forward...I went backwards to the beginning and thought...I really should make this or that. And then I started seeing why I saved the recipes. Such abundance of recipes sitting there being neglected..watching
others make the same things but not even touching them...so nows the time to stop the madness and start cheering on the under dogs in my box...
So now every Wednesday, I'll be posting a weekly blog focusing on those poor neglected recipes. If you'd like to join in...go for it. All it requires you to do, is look into your Recipe
Box starting from the oldest date in your box and making those that are sitting in there....pretty simple. Recipes wanted are un-made, and un-reviewed by you. Once you've made your oldest recipe, email me @ (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with your screen-name, a link to your recipe selection, your review, and a photo of your recipe. A photo isn't required but it does help with seeing what you have made...good or bad photo, it doesn't matter. Have your stuff to me by midnight every Tuesday
evening and I'll post a blog the following day. And maybe just maybe, our recipe boxes will be full of recipes we've made and not recipes neglected. It doesn't matter if the recipe is another member's personal recipe or Kitchen Approved. Someone will thank
you. So here's where I start. Mine 1st...and I was a mess with it. But it did turn out right and I have to give props for the help.
So here's my profile, I'm quirky absent-minded cooking professor..LOL
I made Decadent Pumpkin Muffins, which was my oldest unmade, un-reviewed recipe, in my box since Nov. 2008. And again why I hadn't made it is beyond me(other then it was for my kids,
I have allergies with squashes). But it is. So making this recipe, I goofed big time, I thought I read it saying 2 cans of pumpkin puree and it really was 2 cups. I already had added my wet ingredients with the right amounts of everything else. My kid had
a friend over and instead of embarrassing myself as being very absent-minded...came to the Buzz and got help. Thanks to all that helped...I had to increase the recipe to 42 servings to balance out the amount of pumpkin and it all turned out awesome. Will make
again. Mine were moist and thick, like muffins should. And the 42 serving batch made 36 standard cupcake size muffins and 48 little minis. Will make again for my kids. I actually had a couple of mini muffins...and was happy to note. No allergic reaction..woo
me!!!(squash and I don't get along very well, but love it.)
Next up we have Maridele,
She cooked up some corn fritters...and boy I've not had those in years. And I forgot to ask, how long it was in her box, before she did it for this challenge.
These were very good and easy! I used my own frozen corn instead of canned so I had to guess how much to add to the flour mixture. It must have been close because I ended up with 13 fritters. I also
used my cookie scoop to measure the dough and add it to the oil. My own personal preference would be for them to be sweeter but that is just me. I'm glad I tried this!
Next up, is Rae,
Now this looks very delish and I've never made a puff pancake before myself but look...yummy! Rae has had this in her box since Oct. 2006.
review was this:
Yum! It was different but in a good way. I've never had a puff pancake so I don't have anything to compare it with. I did add about a teaspoon of sugar into the pancake batter (double recipe) along
with some vanilla. Baked these in 2 9 inch cake pans. The syrup was really thin at first so I added a TBS of brown sugar then just let it simmer on the stove until it had thickened up a little bit. It never got syrupy thick but it was better than what it was
a first. Thank you for the recipe I will make this again.
Next up, Occasional Cooker,
Now her and I had quite a talk back and forth on emails ;-), she's had this in her box for 5 years. I've made this recipe. And it's totally worth making. I got my son to eat this and he's not a tomato
fan, unless it's pizza or pasta sauces. So bravo OC for making this.
didn't provide a picture
...so I'll added mine because I made the same recipe ;-)
Her review is as follows:
I made this as part of the "Oldest recipe in your recipe box" challenge. This one has been sitting in my box unmade for five years. I'm glad I made it. It was very good. Sometimes the simplest easiest
recipes using fresh ingredients are delicious. This is one of those. It could not be any easier. It looked and tasted delicious. I used panko bread crumbs instead of fresh and Parmesan cheese instead of Romano since that is what I had on hand. This would be
great to make on a weeknight as a side dish. I certainly won't wait so long to make this one again.
Next up, we have lucylove,(love the poolside photo by the way),
And she tried the Movie Star Popcorn Recipe. Oh and not to laugh...her's has only been in her box since Feb...of this year...but that's alright, it got made ;-)
review, as follows:
A few months ago, I got tired of paying for microwave popcorn, so decided to go back to stove top. Well, it just didn't taste as tender as the bag stuff, and was much more oily than I remembered. Then
I stumbled on the Microwave Popcorn recipe on AR and thought that would work for me. Well, not so much. First, the corn escaped the bag. Then, it burned. So I cut out the oil and did it dry. Still not good. Tender, sure, but half the kernels were still un-popped
when the others started to burn. This just wasn't working out well, so I went back to Pop Secret. Then you posted your challenge, I jumped in and checked my recipe box, thinking I'd find something I couldn't eat, but would make anyway. Once you've accepted
a challenge, you've just got to follow through, yes? This spring I got a gluten intolerance diagnosis and never cleaned out all the bread and dessert recipes that depended on flour and was sure that's what I'd be stuck making. So I really thought I'd hit the
jackpot with Movie Star Popcorn. Easy, everything on hand, and I can eat it. Really, that's good fortune! I didn't know how much fortune was REALLY smiling on me until I made it. It was light, tender, and really just about perfect. All the details are in my
review. No more nuked corn for me, yay!
Next up, we have Shearone,
And she's had this recipe in her box since Nov. 2010.
review, as follows:
Excellent salad! Followed recipe exactly and did not change any ingredients. It is a keeper for us! Would make a beautiful salad for Christmas!
WTG, looks great!
My review: Very good. I found the dressing to be lightly sweet with a very subtle flavor. The salad made for a really nice light lunch, and I could see adding in a bit of sliced leftover chicken to make it heartier if desired.
Next time I would add in some grapes, as suggested, along with the apple for a bit of tanginess. Definitely use a nice tart apple such as granny smith.
My review: I followed this recipe but for two slight adjustments, using sour cream for the yogurt and and an extra two teaspoons of lemon zest in the cookies as I had no extract. The cookies are wonderful on their own without
the glaze, soft and buttery with a lovely lemon essence, so I only lightly drizzled the tart lemon glaze on top with just a bit of lemon zest for color. Next time I would leave off the glaze altogether. This is the perfect cookie to have with a hot cup of
Next up, Ms Jodi...still thinking we are SO related ;-)
She tried Acapulco Chicken...this recipe looks very tempting!! I'm putting it in my box to make in the next couple of weeks. Jodi has had this recipe in her box since Oct. 2006 just like Rae. Glad to see this got made too ;-)
Her review, as follows:
it's excellent! But not something my SS would like, he doesn't care for spicy but he's at his mother's tonight. Everyone really likes it, and it was very easy to make - I'm really glad I tried it! The
only change I made was to add garlic, I usually do :)
Next up, we have MrsFisher0729,
She made Banana Nut Muffins... :-( and didn't have very good success as others. So sorry MrsFisher0729, it happens but that's okay though...I've had quite a few on my own too. She's had this in her
box since Dec. 2009
Here's her review, as follows:
Much easier to make than I thought they would! I used three previously frozen bananas. They rose beautifully, but could use more flavor. Mine weren't overly banana-y. Perhaps some vanilla extract would
improve the flavor.
Now I have to say kudo's to CC and Jodi. Because they submitted there's to me back in March. But I failed to get theirs out on a blog because of what was going on at the time. SO I included them in
this blog because they so graciously emailed me and I still had them saved. Glad I did...I want to thank all that emailed me this round. And anyone that didn't get on this blog, will the following Wednesday. Just remember, we are only human ;-) And we humans
need food. Lets not neglect these delish recipes and start making them to show others. Even if the recipes are not so great...still submit them...good or bad ;-)
Thank y'all so much. From my country mountain kitchen to yours.