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Cooking Corner

June 25, 2011
Bernice Volkens

I hope your Father's Day was as nice as ours. We had to skip the picnic because of the weather, but I know a picnic at home is just as much fun as in the park. However, it can be hard to convince kids of that. To them, summer means picnics in the park among the many other things summer brings. To me it means many different things. I especially like summer because you can wear the same clothing inside and outside. In fact, sometimes the air-conditioning is just too cold. That seems to save me a lot of time and makes things simpler. In the summer I like things to sail smoothly along. I don't like anyone, or anything to rock the boat.

To me summer time is the time to have fun. It may be hot but just think in three months summer will be gone. Before we know it the cold will be creeping upon us. The sun is so warm now, but all too soon it will be a thing of the past. It seems as the weather starts getting warmer, people all over the country start heading to the water; wherever they can find it. Our Reinbeck pool is where many of us go. However, our pool is lacking a place for babies and toddlers. I think there should be some consideration on a separate baby pool or the newest thing a water pad. Even grandmas like that just to get cooled off.

It is also the time of the year when the towns will be starting their celebrations. So many of them seem to be involved around food like corn, sauerkraut, watermelon, kolaches, or strawberries. What a better festival than to honor the luscious, juice strawberry. If they would have a contest for the most beautiful berry contest, I believe strawberries would win the crown almost every time. I don't think I ever heard of a radish festival but the radishes are at their peak now whether they're bought at the store, farmer's market or you grow your own. I have shared this recipe quite a bit and is one Marlys Keith shared with me a few years ago.

RADISH SPREAD

1 oz. pkg. cream cheese

1/4 cup soft margarine

1/2 tsp. celery salt

1/2 tsp. Worchestershire

sauce

dash of paprika

1 cup finely ch. radishes

1/4 cup ch. green onions-

use a few of the tops.

Clean radishes and pat dry with a paper towel and set aside before cutting them. Mix together cream cheese, margarine, celery salt, worchestershire sauce and paprika-cream this together until very creamy and smooth. Fold in the chopped radishies and onion. Chill.

Spread open faced on party rye bread, crackers or other small breads. Delicious and the red of the radishes and the green of the onion is a pretty spread and delicious.

 
 

 

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