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February 25, 2012
Bernice Volkens , Reinbeck Courier

Hasn't the weather been nice? It should be the middle of winter but instead we are getting the end of March weather. I know it can change at any time but this kind of weather will make the winter shorter. Lavina, Virgil's sister, even drove out for a visit last Sunday, something she usually doesn't do in the winter. She was glad she found us at home, but as I told her this has been a stay-at-home month with me nursing a bad back and Virgil deep in the income tax preparations.

The one thing I have been doing is going through my recipes. In January, I worked on pictures, but I thought I had enough of that and switched to recipes.

When I get these recipes sorted out then I have to start on a couple of scrapbooks for my grandchildren's graduation. All this can keep me quite busy.

I know there are wonderful new recipes that are begging to be freed from the drawer and finally sampled, mystery recipes I call them. You know the kind I mean, the ones your family, or friends rave about, but only when they come from someone else's kitchen.

I had an excellent pasta salad at a potluck and everyone was gushing about how great it was. My friend promised me she would send me the recipe by e-mail and the recipe arrived as promised. I couldn't wait to try it. It began with pasta twists and ended with mozzarella cheese. So far, so good. But in the middle the ingredients stopped me cold. Snow peas! Artichoke hearts! Zucchini! The words jumped off at me from the newly printed page. I had to admit it had a lot of ingredients that were not very well liked by me or anyone else in my family. I placed that recipe in a envelope of the recipes to try, but I doubt if I ever will make it.

My husband is a great dinner guest because he rises to the occasion and eats food he would never eat at home. He has a way of trying any new dishes as suspect before he even tries it. He told the kids when they were growing up that they should never smell the food that is being offered, though I have seen him do it. However, I have forged ahead on some new recipes. Sometimes they turn out great but these mystery recipes sometimes get the request, "You don't need to make this again!" I rest my case.

This recipe started out as a mystery one and it's now a family favorite.


6 medium potatoes

6 slices bacon

1 - 8 0z. pkg. frozen

green beans (can use a

can of beans)

3/4 cup Italian salad


2 Tablespoons parsley

1/4 cup thinly sliced

green onions

1 teaspoon salt.

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Cook the potatoes in their jackets; drain and cool. Peel and slice in 1/4 inch slices. In a skillet, fry the bacon until crisp, crumble. Cook green beans according to package directions and drain. Place the potatoes in a casserole dish and then place the green beans in the center of the potatoes. Mix the dressing, parsley, onions, salt and pepper to together; pour over potato - bean mixture. Top with the crumbled bacon. Bake at 350 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes, just until piping hot.

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