Pioneer Potluck

Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011

About Outhouses in Kansas

I grew up in the late 30's and 40's when Outhouse's were most valuable.

Everyone has an "outhouse story" to tell. I have mine - several as a matter of fact!

My cousin Jim sent me this story and I am glad to have this "first hand." Dad told us stories about this for many years, but to have Cousin Jim verify it, made my day!!

When Cousin Jim was a boy living in Kansas, my Aunt Laura lived next to her father-in-law, a man named John. John was an all around man, who could do a bit of everything including building houses. He had some tree stumps he wanted to get rid of, so he bought some nitro-glycerin in liquid form to use to blow the stumps out of the ground. (Now you know how old this story really is!!)

However, he did not inform his wife, Rosie, of the purchase. As she was cleaning a back room, she found the bottle and not knowing what it was, went and dumped the contents down the "back-house hole."

That afternoon, John went to do his "do", walking leisurely to the back-house and as was his custom, looked to see if there were plenty of thin orange paper wrappers on hand. Oranges came wrapped in individual orange thin paper, and as Sears and Montgomery (Monkey Wards) catalogues, were used for paper in the outhouse, so were the thin orange papers. So were corn cobs, I might add.

Sitting back for a nice time to smoke his pipe, because Rosie would not let him smoke in the house, he struck a match, lit his pipe and threw the burning match down the next hole, the way he had always done.

Well, you can imagine what happened with nitro glycerin being dumped down there earlier. The neighbors heard the explosion and all came running to see what had happened. Poor John had been blasted out of the little building covered with orange wrappers and you know what else! He was not badly injured but he NEVER lived down being blown out of the outhouse!!

Alaskan Seafood Bisque

Quick to prepare - creamy, rich and very good.

1 cup of crabmeat or imitation crab-cooked

1 cup of tiny shrimp-usually called salad shrimp-cooked

1 cup of halibut chunks-cooked-diced

Combine seafood and set aside.

1 carrot-diced

1 stalk of celery-diced

1 small onion-diced

In a large saucepan- (I have a glass Dutch Oven I use,) melt:

3 tblsp butter and add the diced vegetables. Saut' a few minutes.


2 cups chicken broth

1/2 cups of white wine (or two and half cups of broth-omitting the wine)

Bring to boil, reduce and simmer 3 minutes.

Stir in 1 tblsp tomato paste

2 cans canned milk

1 cup of regular milk (this called for half and half-3 cups-that's too rich for us)

In a small bowl: Melt 3 tblsp of butter and stir in1/2 cup flour. Stir this into the hot soup. Add salt and pepper. Simmer until thick and creamy - do not boil. This will take about 30 minutes; you will have to stir it constantly. Add the 3 cups of seafood. Simmer 5 minutes. Serve in hot bowls with 1/2 tsp butter on top. Sprinkle with pepper. Pass the Oyster crackers.

Call the King and Queen, they will love it.

BLT Potato Salad

6 large potatoes

6 eggs

Boil eggs with potatoes until done

Cool and dice potatoes into large bowl

While potatoes are cooling, fry:

1 pound of diced bacon

1 chopped onion

Drain and set the bacon grease aside. Add bacon/onions to potatoes

In a small bowl:

1/2 cup mayo

1/2 cup sour cream

1 tblsp vinegar

1/4 cup bacon grease

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

Mix and add to potatoes. Add the chopped boiled eggs. Mix all well and place on large meat platter, mounding in the middle.

Rim the platter with shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, shredded cheddar cheese.

Top with a few pieces of fried bacon.

Alaskan Strawberry Jubilee

Topped with Sliced Strawberries -- So easy - so good. Most of the time I skip the rum part!!

4 cups strawberries

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp cornstarch

2 tblsp lemon juice

Vanilla ice cream

1/4 cup good rum

6 whole strawberries-set aside.

Pick the best strawberries to make 3 1/2 cups of strawberries. Slice them. Smash the remaining berries, except for the 6 berries.

In a saucepan, stir cornstarch and brown sugar. Add the SMASHED berries and the lemon juice. Cook over low heat until mixture is bubbly. Remove from heat.

Spoon ice cream into 6 dessert bowls and top with the sliced strawberries. In a flameproof saucepan, pour in the rum and light it with a match. Pour the flaming rum into the cooked strawberry mixture, stirring constantly. Pour this mixture over the strawberries and ice cream. Top with a spoon full of whipped cream and a sprinkle of walnuts. Top with a whole strawberry.


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