Category: Recipes

More To Life Than Bacon – Switchel


This simple recipe dates back to at least colonial times. It is taken to those working in the fields on a hot summer day. The sugar/molasses give an energy boost and the vinegar keeps the sweetness from becoming cloying. The ginger is reputed to prevent a shock to the system that would otherwise occur when drinking a lot of cold water when one is oveheated. I used make up a jug of this (with honey instead of molasses) to take with me when working in the hayfields.
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More To Life Than Bacon – Armenian Lemon Chicken Soup


I love Armenian cooking. My favorite Armenian restaurants in NYC closed, but there are rumors of one Uptown still. There’s an Armenian chef near me but he cooks French, with an occasional Armenian dessert.

Being where they are, Armenians got stomped on for centuries by everyone stomping through the Middle East. The upside is that their cooking is a wonderful mix.
Still looking for their perfect Lemon Yogurt Soup recipe.

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More To Life Than Bacon – Easy Swedish Sausage

I recall my grandmother subscribing to Capper’s Weekly, a publication for rural readers. It was full of advice for homemakers, gardeners, farmers, ranchers and cooks in addition to news that affected the agricultural community and even a bit of politics. Started in 1879 (almost as old as granny), it is still around today. Although blogs have replaced the news section, it is still aimed at ‘country life’ and still full of good things.
The following recipe is one (among 100s) of their goodies.

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More To Life Than Bacon – Santa Fe Chicken Chili

In time for Mothers’ Day

Santa Fe Chicken Chili
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
4 medium sweet red peppers, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 large onions, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 jar (12 ounces) salsa
1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
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