Category Archives: Unusual

Frontier Recipes ~ Fried Beaver Tail

A beaver pair

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If you haven’t checked in recently, this is Frontier Recipe Week, Part I.  Here is another one of those interesting recipes from that collection.

I know, I know.. you were recently wondering what to do with that left over beaver tail you have hangin’ out in your freezer.  Well wonder no more!  Here’s a recipe just for that!

Fried Beaver Tail


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Frontier Recipes ~ Possum and Taters

English: Possum and Taters, 1900 Français : Po...

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In my grandmothers pantry I found a some newspaper clipped recipes.  For the sake of conversation we’ll call them “Frontier Recipes”.  These recipes date back to the late 1880’s to the around 1940.  During that time, it is without argument considered, not always easy livin’ .  There wasn’t a Wal-Mart down the street, or a convenience store on every corner you could pop in to get what you were lackin’.  You had what you had, and you made what you had work.  You used what was available, and were glad ya had it to use.  Some of these recipes you will find rather interesting to say the least, and others you’re definitely going to turn your nose up at I’m sure!  So we’ll call this Frontier Recipe Week Part 1… enjoy!

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Peanut Butter Dog Bone Dog Treats

Peanut Butter Dog Bone Dog Treats

I love cooking, baking and making things with my own two hands.  Animal treats are of no exception.  I was going through the store one day, and came across these cute little “doggie bone” cookie cutters.  They come in small, medium, and large and a variety of colors.  I of course, took one of each color, and size.  (Don’t ask me which store, I’ve been making them for 25 years, and that’s too long ago to remember.)

Now this winter was a long one, and cabin fever was setting in pretty good.  I could curl up with a good book (or my laptop lol) and be good to go.  But kids are a different matter.  So we took to task making these irresistible treats.  I’ve never seen dogs go crazy over a treat, but these will surely make them stand on their heads!

Irrisistibe Peanut Butter Dog Bone Treats

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Posted by on September 1, 2011 in Country Cookin', Unusual


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Raspberry Apple Cider Vinegar ~ recipe

As you know, I’m a fond believer in the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar.  And, when given the chance, I’ll incorporate it into just about everyday life.  Now here is a way to spice up your Apple Cider Vinegar just a little without sacrificing the benefits.

I think you’ll agree that raspberries are a nice touch to this already unique flavor.

Here’s the recipe


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Civil War recipe ~ Idiots Delight

Civil War recipe ~ Idiots Delight

I know, I know!  That’s not a picture of a cake.  But, there is more than one Idiot’s Delight.  So thought I’d dazzle you with both.  This picture is of an MGM movie called Idiots Delight starring Clark Gable and Norma Shearer in 1939.  Now I know you’re thinking that isn’t even close to the civil war era, but hey……. made ya look! 😛

Here’s the recipe


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Civil War Recipe ~ Union Skillygalee

Civil War Recipe ~ Union Skillygalee

Well on my adventure to find the “perfect” picture of what the Union soldiers called Skillygalee I came up empty.  As this has never happened to me before, I am quite dismayed by this.  HOWEVER, we are in luck that I am persistant.  Through many hours of this link, leading to that link, and so on, I was able to find some pictures that I think will give you a pretty good idea of what the Union was cooking up.

Soggy Sustenance


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Civil War Recipe ~ Confederate Cush

Civil War Recipe ~ Confederate Cush

Ah, yes cornmeal hash by any other name is well Confederate Cush of course!  Did you know that this Rebel delicacy (created out of necessity) is also known by many other names?

Please pass the what?


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