Mar 052014
 

Poppy Patrols have described the poppy flower as an Elephant in the Flower Bed.
Breadseed poppies-arrangementbreadseed-poppy flowerBread Seed poppy-seedheads 1Poppy Seed Torte RecipeCan drying seedpods for a floral arrangement or sprinkling the poppy seeds on a muffin be a federal violation?

Seed producers became worried about being arrested for selling these flowers with the name, Opium Poppies.

So renaming them Breadseed Poppies made them sound safer from being questioned by the Poppy Patrols.

Eating a poppy seed dessert could possibly cause a drug test to be positive for opium.

I love the Seinfeld episode when Elaine eats some poppy seed muffins.  She needs a physical for a pending trip with her boss.  Her test comes back with a positive result for opium and her boss fires her.  This was one of seven episodes that happened in real life.

This federal offense was once compared to ripping the tags off of pillows and mattresses “under penalty of law.”

My husband’s Wisconsin relatives were one of many families that sold home grown poppy seeds.  The Poppy Patrol put a stop to many of these seed growing businesses.

Now we buy most poppyseeds for baking from foreign countries.

As a new bride, I believed the story about a successful marriage being directly linked to the husband’s contented stomach.

My mother-in-law shared with me, what has become our favorite poppyseed dessert.

Whether this poppyseed torte has contributed to a euphoria of contented married life for 50+ years could be debatable.  What do you think?

5.0 from 2 reviews
Poppyseed Torte
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
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This easy recipe only uses two bowls to mix the ingredients. Filling can be cooked on the stove, but watch carefully. I prefer cooking the filling in the microwave.
Ingredients
  • Crust:
  • 1¼ cup Graham Crackers, crushed
  • ½ cup Butter, melted
  • ¾ cup Flour
  • ½ cup Walnuts, crushed
  • Cooked Filling:
  • 5 Egg Yolks, large
  • 2 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 cups Milk
  • ¼ cup Poppyseeds
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • Add to Filling:
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 package Unflavored Gelatin softened in ¼ Cup Water
  • 2nd Filling Mixture:
  • 5 Egg Whites
  • ½ teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • Whipped Cream topping (optional)
Instructions
  1. Crust: Crush graham crackers and walnuts.
  2. Stir in melted butter and flour.
  3. Pat into bottom of 13 x 9 inch pan.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes @ 350 degrees.
  5. Filling: Mix egg yolks, cornstarch, sugar, milk, poppyseeds, salt into large bowl and microwave until thickened, approximately 15 minutes.
  6. Stir filling every 5 minutes.
  7. Cool filling to room temperature.
  8. Then add vanilla and softened gelatin.
  9. Beat egg whites until very stiff.
  10. Then add tartar and sugar.
  11. Fold this into cooked filling.
  12. Chill.
  13. Whipped Cream topping is optional.

Sep 162013
 

Cherry Peach Crisp RecipeHave you ever wondered what happens when you mix peaches and bing cherries together?  It becomes a purplish, peachy combo.

I didn’t have enough of either fruit to make a dessert.  So, I combined what I had and the mixture came out delicious and pretty!

This is an old family recipe that will never be the same again.  What recipe did you dare to change that turned out better or worse.

Check out what others are eating at FoodieTuesday.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Peach 'n Cherry Crisp
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
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A fruit dessert that's compatible with any combination of fresh or frozen fruit
Ingredients
  • 4 cups sliced fruit (apples, peach, cherry)
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ⅓ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar (white or brown)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup walnuts (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place fruit in an 8 x 8 inch pan. Mix together the remaining ingredients with a pastry blender or fork. Pack on top of fruit. Bake 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until the fruit is done.

May 062013
 

It’s spring time and one of the first things from my garden is rhubarb, just ready for the cutting.  My family’s favorite rhubarb dessert is a recipe given to me by my mom.

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I have a bad habit of getting my recipes looking “spilled on” when I bake.  So I typed all my favorite recipes that were in her hand writing, printed and inserted them into page protecting sheets.  This way, I can add more pages to my binder of recipes and also print more for the recipe binders that I gave to each of our children.  Now my mom’s recipes will be handed down to the future generations.

rhubarb dessert

                                                  Rhubarb Torte

2 cups Flour                             1 cup Water
½ cup Oatmeal, quick             1 cup Sugar
1 cup Brown Sugar                  8 to 10 cups cut Rhubarb
¾ cup Butter, melted              1 cup Strawberries, sliced
3 Tbsp. Cornstarch                  ¾ cup Walnuts, chopped

Mix together flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, melted butter, & chopped walnuts (optional) for a crust.  Put into a 9 x 13 pan.  Save ¾ cup for topping.  Place cut (1/2 inch pieces) rhubarb & strawberries (small pieces) into pan.  In a large glass mixing bowl, stir cornstarch, water, & sugar together.  Place in microwave on high until thickened, but not lumpy.  Pour mixture over fruit.  Add remaining crumbs as a topping.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour until fruit is baked and crumbs are a light brown color.  Let cool and can be served with whipped cream.

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