I can still remember the costly phone calls to and from The Netherlands back in the late 70's. Boy, that separated my family and me! At least my mom and dad kept calling, but the rest of my family and friends in the US gave up when they received their phone bills.
I can only imagine what it must have been like for Dutch emigrants back in the 1950's when they went off to Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Most could only depend on a letter (who knows how long that took to arrive) to keep in touch with family in The Netherlands. And the idea of visiting your homeland was mostly just a dream. Today our Dutch friends introduced us to their two month old grandson, and my husband showed them around our messy kitchen. Small world getting smaller!
It is Boerenkool Stamppot (cooked curly kale mashed with potatoes and topped with bacon) for dinner tonight. That is the last of the kale from the garden. It is almost time to rip out all of the greens and get the soil ready for an early spring garden. Another day!
The last of the muffins from Just Plain Cooking:
Raisin Bran Muffins (Memaw's)
Set oven at 400 degrees F.
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
3 cups Raisin Bran cereal
1 1/4 cup milk
1 egg (slightly beaten)
1/3 cup soft shortening or vegetable oil
Stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Set aside. Measure raisin bran cereal and milk into mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Let stand 1 or 2 minutes or until cereal is softened. Add egg and shortening. Beat well. Add dry ingredients to cereal mixture, stirring only until combined. Portion batter evenly into 12 greased cups of muffin pan. (No comments about silicone cups?)
Bake at 400 degrees F for about 25 minutes or until muffins are golden brown. Serve warm. Yields 12 muffins.