Two-Hour Buns

3 c. warm water
2 or 3 tbsp. honey (or 1/2 c. sugar)
1/4 c. oil
1 tsp. salt
2 tb. yeast (I use Fermipan; if you use the kind that is mixed with liquid and sugar and then you wait a few minutes before adding it to your dry ingredients, you probably use the same amount.)
2 eggs
8 c. flour (I use half whole-wheat and half white)

Mix half the flour with the yeast.
In a separate bowl, whip the eggs, oil, honey and water, and add it to the flour mixture. Blend well.
Mix the remaining flour with the salt and add it.
Let rise 15 minutes.
Punch down and form into buns; place on a greased baking sheet.
Cover and let rise one hour.
Bake at 350F for 15-18 minutes.

The original recipe (Thanks, Cathy!) called for all white flour, and sugar instead of honey, and those were delicious buns too.
To keep a soft top without giving them a milk/egg/butter brush when they come out of the oven, I take the damp dishtowel that keeps moisture in during the rising stage and lay that over the buns while they cool.


Celery Tip

Wash your celery and after it has drip-dried, wrap the bundle in aluminum foil and keep it in the fridge. The ends won't turn brown; it'll stay nice and fresh.



It's a Scandinavian potato crepe, made as a treat here in Canada, usually for Christmas or Easter.

Lefse (Mom's recipe)

3 c cooked, riced potatoes (you need a ricer to get the right texture)
4 tbsp oil
1 tsp salt
1 c flour
1 tsp sugar

Mix ingredients well. Take a large tablespoon of dough and roll in hands to a round shape. Roll as thin as you can on a well-floured board. Bake on top of grill, electric frying pan or on top of a wood stove. Bake on both sides until brown spots appear.

In my family, we spread a thin layer of butter on it and a sprinkle of sugar, then roll it up.
Other families might put jam on it, or even meat or cheese.


Basically Best Meat Loaf

2 lbs ground beef
1 egg
1 c milk
½ c onion, finely chopped
¼ c parsley, finely chopped
1½ tsp salt (I don’t put that much, just a good sprinkling of it)
1½ c rolled oats OR 2 c soft breadcrumbs
¼ tsp oregano (or thyme)
½ tsp chopped garlic

Beat egg and add milk.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Form into loaf and place in shallow baking pan.
Place a few cloves and bay leaf on top.
Bake at 350F for 1½ hours.

From Eat, Drink and Be Healthy, by Agnes Toms


Cheese Roast

2 cups cooked kidney or navy beans
1 tsp chopped parsley
3 tbsp finely diced celery
2 c grated cheese
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 c soft bread crumbs
2 tb butter

Drain and mash beans and combine with parsley, celery, cheese and seasonings. Add egg and mis thoroughly. Brown crumbs in butter and add to cheese mixture until it is thick enough to shape into a loaf. Roll in remaining crumbs and bake in moderate over (350F) until nicely browned, 25-30 minutes.

Serve with any desired sauce.

I didn't have enough bread crumbs (and what are "soft" bread crumbs? I didn't even know there is such a thing) so I tore two slices of fresh bread into tiny pieces. It worked like the dickens because when browned they were nice and crunchy.
I packed the mixture into a loaf pan and we ate it without any sauce.


Chocolate Fudge

½ c butter or margarine (melted)
1½ c brown sugar
1/3 c milk
½ c cocoa
1-1/3 c icing sugar
¼ c chopped walnuts

Bring first four ingredients to boil over low heat and continue to boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add last two ingredients, put into greased pan, voila.

I usually double the amount of nuts, and if there’s a teaspoon of brewed coffee left from the morning, add it when you add the nuts. Make sure the nuts are at room temperature; I once put them in shortly after taking them from the freezer, and the moment I added them to the hot fudge, it got so hard it wasn't pourable or spreadable. 

If you can, make fudge on a clear blue sky day. This recipe works out (i.e. hardens) most every time, but still ... why not hedge your bets. 


Homemade Diffuser Oil

1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (vodka works too)
1/4 cup hot water
20-25 drops essential oil 
Swirl to mix.
Use any essential oil you love:

• Eucalyptus, peppermint, and lavender reduce tension • Peppermint energizes • Lemon, lemongrass, and thyme purify • Lavender, orange, peppermint, cedarwood, frankincense, and jasmine inspire a positive mental state and combat depression