September 2007 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
| Volume 14, Issue
October 2007 Theme
Down on the Farm
Citizen & Showman
You will need heavy whipping cream, a small (4-5
oz.) jar or plastic container with a lid that seals well, and salt. Put a small
amount of cream (about ½ inch) into the container and shake well (about 15
minutes). You’ll be making three different things. Do you know what they are?
First, the cream will be whipped into whipping cream. But if you keep on
shaking, the whipping cream will start to separate into something solid and
something liquid. The whitish liquid you see is a sweet buttermilk (not sour
like you get in the store) and the lumps that look like popcorn are butter! You
can drain off or drink the buttermilk. It tastes like sweet nonfat milk. And
what you have left is a sweet cream butter. If you like, add salt, and spread it
on a cracker or fresh bread. Congratulations! You’ve just made butter!
1/2-pound chopped bacon
2 boiled potatoes -- peeled and cubed
1 onion - sliced thinly
8 eggs -- beaten slightly
Sauté bacon until crisp.
Remove from pan, drain on paper towel.
Pour off all but 3 tablespoons bacon fat.
Sauté onions in bacon fat until soft.
Add potatoes and cook, stirring often, until potatoes start
If potatoes stick to pan, add more bacon fat.
When potatoes begin to brown, add bacon and eggs.
Cook, stirring constantly, until eggs set.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Taco Snack Mix
4 cups spoon size shredded wheat
4 cups pretzel sticks
4 cups tortilla chips
1 package taco seasoning mix
1/4 cup margarine (melted)
In a large bowl, combine cereal, pretzels, tortilla chips and taco
Drizzle with margarine, tossing to coat well.
Store in airtight container.
24 clear 12-oz. plastic cups
2 pkgs. Oreo cookies
2 recipes of chocolate pudding
24 gummi worms
(optional) 24 Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies
(Optional) brown or black cake decorating gel
Crush all Oreos in food
In the bottom of each cup, place
about 1 Tbsp. of Oreos.
Mix remainder of Oreos in pudding
Holding out about 2 cups for
Then spoon about 2 TBSP Oreo
mixture over pudding. Poke one gummi worm down in dirt, but still showing on
You now have a cup of dirt to eat
Optional to turn the dirt cup into a grave for Halloween –
On each Milano cookie, write on
top half "RIP" with cake decorating gel,
Stick them down in the back of
They will resemble tombstones.
3/4 C. low-fat milk
1 1/2 T. frozen grape juice concentrate
1/4 C. fat-free vanilla yogurt
Combine ingredients in container with lid and
Shake until well blended.
Pour into a glass.
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Scoop seeds from
from pulp and rinse
you may have to pick them out by hand
Drain and dry
Put seeds on
cookie tray or toaster tray
Toast at 300 F
(I'm not sure about this)
Seeds should be
dry and barely turn golden brown
some seeds will puff up.
These are similar to sunflower seeds and have a nice nutty
flavor, the shells are harder to crack open if they are small.
2 cups sugar
1 cup light syrup (white corn, Karo)
2/3 cup margarine
2 pkg. Koolaid
1 tsp soda
Boil the sugar, syrup and margarine together for 3 minutes.
Stir in soda and Koolaid.
Pour over 6 quarts of popcorn.
Bake at 225 F for 45 minutes,
Stir every 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven
Break up immediately.
Great Salt Lake Council
1 large tortilla
Use animal-shaped cookie cutters to cut
shapes from a large flour tortilla.
Arrange the animals on a baking sheet.
Lightly coat them with cooking spray and
sprinkle them with salt.
Bake at 350° for 5 to 7 minutes and your
chips are ready for a dip in salsa or guacamole.
DINNER IN A PUMPKIN
Great Salt Lake Council
1 sm. or med. pumpkin
1 lb. ground beef sautéed with onions, celery and
1/4 c. soy sauce
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 (4 oz.) can sliced mushrooms, drained
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 c. cooked rice
Paint a face on the pumpkin with acrylic
paints before it’s baked.
Preheat oven to 375°.
Cut the top of the pumpkin off and clean
it out. (Save top.)
In medium bowl, combine beef mixture,
soy sauce, brown sugar, mushrooms, soup and rice.
Put into pumpkin. Replace pumpkin lid.
Place on baking sheet and bake 1 hour or
until pumpkin is tender.
When served--scoop some pumpkin out with
Makes 6 to 8 servings.
1 quart of whole milk
1 ½ tablespoons any
In a large pot, heat 1 quart of whole milk till you see small
bubbles starting to rise along the edge.
Add 1-1/2 Tablespoons of any vinegar.
Stir and remove mixture immediately from the heat.
Cover and let stand for 20 minutes.
Check under the cover - a thick curd should be floating on top of
a clear solution, which is called the whey.
Line a sieve with a piece of cheesecloth and
Pour the cheese mixture through it, running the liquid into the
The curds that remain in the cheesecloth are delicious, nutritious
and inexpensive ricotta cheese.
4 cups light cream
1 cup heavy cream
1 Tablespoon cultured buttermilk
Stir all ingredients together in a heat proof bowl.
Place the bowl in a pan of water and heat until the cream is 72
degrees F (23 C).
Remove from heat, cover and put in a warm spot for 18 hours. If
you have a gas oven, that’s perfect.
Heat the cream again in the same way until it reaches 130 degrees
F – which will take 30-45 minutes.
Be sure to stir the cream before inserting the thermometer to get
an accurate reading. .
Stir in 1 T. salt.
Put the bowl in the refrigerator and chill for 4 hours.
Drain the thickened cream into a dishtowel held like a sack.
Squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
Line a colander with ice cubes.
Put the cloth filled with cheese on the ice, weighted with a small
plate holding a quart of water.
Place the colander in a pan (to catch any drips) and refrigerate
for 14 hours.
Unwrap and enjoy your cream cheese.
And now that
you’ve see how much work goes into it, appreciate the cows, the farmers and the
companies that make your cheese!
1 1/2 cup Strawberries
1 1/2 teaspoon light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
jelly roll pan
blender or food processor
Place 1 1/2 cups of clean strawberries in a blender or food
processor and process until smooth. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice and 1 1/2
teaspoons light corn syrup. Line a jelly roll pan with heavy-duty plastic wrap,
taping the plastic wrap to the corners of the pan with masking tape. Pour the
strawberry mixture into the pan, spreading evenly. Leave at least a one-inch
margin on each side. Dry in an oven at 150 degrees for 7 to 8 hours or until
the surface is dry and no longer sticky. Remove the leather and plastic wrap
from the pan while still warm (hands must be clean and dry) and roll up in a
jelly roll fashion. Cut into logs and store in plastic wrap for a maximum of 5
Coconut Monkey Mix
1 cup flaked coconut
(unsweetened or sweetened)
6 cups popped popcorn
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
dash of nutmeg
1 cup dried banana chips
Preheat oven to 325° F.
Spread coconut in a 13x9-inch
baking pan, breaking up any clumps as needed.
Bake 10 minutes or until edges of
coconut begin to brown.
Spread popcorn over coconut and
sprinkle with melted butter; toss.
Sprinkle popcorn mixture with
sugar, salt and nutmeg; toss.
Bake 5 minutes longer and toss with
Serve immediately or cool and store
in an airtight container.
Makes 7 cups.
Popcorn Jack O’Lantern and Indian Corn
6 quarts unsalted popped
2 cups sugar
1 can (6 oz.) frozen orange juice concentrate
3/4 cup cranberry juice
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Small colored candies
Keep popcorn hot and crisp in a
300-degree Fahrenheit oven.
Combine sugar, orange juice
concentrate, cranberry juice, corn syrup, vinegar and salt in a heavy saucepan.
Bring to a boil; cook over medium
heat to hard-ball stage (250 degrees on candy thermometer).
Pour glaze in thin stream over
popcorn in a large buttered bowl and mix well.
Working quickly with buttered
hands, form two-thirds of mixture into basic shape of pumpkin.
Shape remainder into ears of corn.
To apply finishing touches, heat a little corn syrup, brush on corn ears, press
small candies firmly in place to resemble Indian corn; cover with green fruit
rollup to resemble shucks. Make pumpkin's eyes, nose and mouth from licorice
strings and apply as above; cut gumdrop to make a stem.
Makes one Jack O’Lantern and six
ears of corn
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