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Marshmallows

There are Marshmallows the plant…..with a lovely white flower

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Marshmallow – Althea officinalis. Officinalis in a plant name usually means it has/had a medicinal use.

Marshmallows the plant is pretty good for whatever seems to be ailing you – breathing issues, gastric ulcers, burns or wounds. In some cases the roots are used.

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The extract of the root is known as halawa extract and is sometimes used as a flavoring in  halva.

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Halva  – another sort of confection altogether….

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Because it’s the hot cocoa/chocolate time of year….today is more like the Iced Tea sort of day, but any day in Winter that doesn’t have snow is a good day for me….I wanted some marshmallows to go on top of the seasonal hot beverage. A  jar of Fluff would do…..but mini marshmallows are the just right for a cup of hot.

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Here in Plymouth you can also get a cup of Not-Hot Chocolate. It is HOT; what it’s not is chocolate. It’s car0b.

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Carob beans were what Europe had before the Spanish Conquistadors came to  MesoAmerican and found chocolate

Carob is sooo another story. With chocolate. And without it….

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The little Dandies were on sale – on sale marshmallows are the BEST sort of marshmallows.

Vanilla??? Marshmallows have a ….flavor? Aren’t they all about the sweet and the fluffy and the texture and the look…..but the taste?

These mini Dandies were indeed fine and dandy little marshmallows. Tasty. SO tasty, I checked how many marshmallows in a serving (90 for 1 ounce) to stop myself from eating the whole bag. Usually, stopping isn’t an issue.  Marshmallows are so much better in things or on things they they are by themselves. Unless they’re toasted…

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Doesn’t even need a graham cracker….

But marshmallows start getting all sorts of press around Thanksgiving, thank you Sweet Potato Casserole, which IF  it has to have marshmallows on top, put it in a crust and call it PIE and serve it for dessert.

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How is this NOT dessert??

One of the problems with moving house is that nothing is where you can find it….easily. So a pie or a casserole for the Thanksgiving potluck – I wasn’t even sure where my knives where….pots, pans, bowls – measuring cups????? Too may things – what was a minimalist thing to do? I’d already suggested the ubiquitous can of cranberry sauce to several people (most of whom did not believe that since SOMEONE has to bring it, it could just as well be them.  The one who couldn’t bear the thought of T day without it was the one that brought the cans.) And then I found……

Sweet potato chips with a marshmallow dip – Much easier!

1 large container of fluff and 1 pound of sour cream, beaten together

2 bags sweet potato chips….done!

This isn’t exactly the Food Network Magazine recipe

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…but I realized I didn’t have lids and bowls that matched, nor did I have tin foil or plastic wrap in the house, so by making a double batch of dip I could pack it up in the (nicely washed out) Fluff container.

Broil the top – less easy, easy to live without,

BUT

if you have a blow torch, and brown the top in front of everyone,  it becomes and event, and a memorable one, at that.

Sweet potato fries also good suggestion, but more work. Sweet potato chips are also gluten free.

Internet search has some suggesting fruit with this dip, but that is just plain too sweet. Chips, with the lovely salty crunchy aspect – OR – since we make PUMPKIN BREAD why not sweet potato bread…hmmmmmmmm – with mini marshmallows mixed in OR sliced and served with fluff……

Thank you Food Network Magazine

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Chip off the Old Casserole Food Network Magazine Nov 2015 p. 69.

Now it’s time for cocoa….with marshmallows.

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P.S. – WordPress just sent me a message – it’s 2 years ago today that this blog  began – thanks for reading!

 

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Birthday Casserole

Because a certain someone has a BIRTHDAY TODAY …and one of his ulterior motives to help me with the technical aspects of a blog was to have access to his favorite recipes….another of Grandma B’s recipes.

Mrs. Granatowicz’s Casserole

(Mrs. G was a LEIGH, NEBR- neighbor-)

A JACOB Favorite

1 ½ lbs. hamburger

1 C chopped celery

1 C chopped onion

2 Tb Oil or Butter

1 sm can mushrooms chopped

1 can cream of mushroom Soup undiluted

1 can cream of Chicken Soup undiluted

1 can Chinese Noodles

  1. brown onions & celery in butter
  2. mix soups together Add the above to soups.
  3. brown hamburger , then add #1 & 2

You can add ½ can bean sprouts or/& water chestnuts. I usually DO NOT. Also, you can leave out the can of mushrooms – I usually use these.

  1. Place in casserole
  2. Top w/ Chinese Noodles.
  3. BAKE 350° for 25 to 30 MIN – until heated through. I have a friend who uses Chicken in place of hamburger.

From Jeanette Burrey, I didn’t date the year she gave me the box, but this was in the box….

Back in the day, Chinese noodles meant one thing - THESE things. Now, there's quite a variety of noodles called Chinese

Back in the day, Chinese noodles meant one thing – THESE things. Now, there’s quite a variety of noodles called Chinese, but these are the one I’m talking about today

The beauty of this casserole is that it is also a last minute Express Lane Special. I usually have celery and onions on hand, it’s the hamburger and the soups – the crema – and the noodles that I need to grab and go. One short list, 10 items or fewer.and a quick mix up and pop in the oven once home. A salad and a bowl of fruit….even better if it’s pineapple chunks you eat with toothpicks or a mango, cut up hedgehog style – OK, 2 more things to pick up.

Open can, pour into a bowl, stick some toothpick in the hunks, happy child at the end of a meal

Open can, pour into a bowl, stick some toothpick in the hunks, happy child at the end of a meal

cut in half, discard pit (or try to root it - I got a little shoot growing out once, but then the cats played wit it one night...)and then cut slices one and and across but not through the skin - pop up and serve...with extra napkins  - mangoes are JUICY

cut in half, discard pit (or try to root it – I got a little shoot growing out once, but then the cats played wit it one night…)and then cut slices one and and across but not through the skin – pop up and serve…with extra napkins – mangoes are JUICY

Jacob and me

Happy Birthday!

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