By Dennis Minich
One of the favorite parts of my job is writing this weekly column. Some weeks are more enjoyable than others because sometimes I know exactly what I want to write about, other times its like a breach birth attempting to pull works out of my brain.
I started as the editor of the Democrat Missourian in 1997. I wrote weekly columns until I left in 1999. I then wrote columns at a couple of other papers until coming back to the Democrat as a columnist in 2005. I have written a weekly column since joining The South Cass Tribune staff so all totaled, I figure I have written about 513 columns. Additionally, I spent the better part of seven years writing sports at the Democrat which made about another 312 columns. Add another 60 or so at other papers, I figure I have written somewhere around 885 columns. There were a few repeats, so the number is likely more around 860.
One thing I am asked from time to time is, “Do I have a favorite?” The answer is yes. It was the second one I wrote as editor of the Democrat and appeared in print 25 years ago this week. I thought on its silver anniversary, I should share it one more time. It features the names of several people who were wee young ones, but are now adults. If you happen to know them, you might want to check if they are still preparing these tasty dishes. The column was headlined: “Cooking with kindergartners.”
My family and I have done some pretty fine feasting this year thanks to a gift recipe book that the kindergarten classes at the Harrisonville Christian School had compiled.
Now you may think you’ve eaten well, but you haven’t put anything good in your mouth unless you’ve tried some of these recipes. Since space limits prohibit me from sharing all of the mouth-watering recipes, I have chosen to share a few of my favorites.
Chicken Noodle Soup by Alicia Hilliard – “Kill the chicken. Put it in the oven in a pan. Put two cans of noodles. Cook it for three minutes. Put it in a bowl and eat.” Alicia, the first time I tried this recipe I didn’t follow it closely enough and that doggone chicken nearly flapped me to death.
Pepperoni Pizza by Craig Johnson – “Make the crust. Get one oz. of water, one spoon of breadcrumbs. Put it in a pizza pan in the oven for half an hour. Take it out. Put on one cup of tomato sauce, and half of cup of cheese. Put on 10 pepperonis. Put it back in the oven for 23 minutes. Take it out and put it in the fridge and save it for later.”
Maybe it is best as a midnight snack.
I’d never tried to make pecan pie, but Phillip Seaboldt helped me out.
Pecan Pie by Phillip Seaboldt — “Get some gooey stuff. Then put the pecans on. Put the goop in the crust. Then bake it for 29 hours. Then take it out. Check it and see if it’s right, and if not, put it back in.”
Advanced planning apparently is required for such a dessert.
Of course, some cooks have apparently tasted my cooking and their recipes cater to my skills.
Blue Jello by Derek Hensley – “Get a little plastic jar of Jello at the store. Open it and eat it.”
Waffles by Nathan Sudheimer – “Get them out of the freezer. Warm them up in the oven. Put syrup on them, and butter.”
Of course, my son contributed in the book as well and at the risk of giving away old family recipes, I will share it as well.
Spaghetti by Derek Minich – “Get some noodles – 5 1/2. Then sauce – 4 inches. Then get some meatballs – 20. You make the meatballs out of hamburger. Then cook it in a ‘grease pan.’ Put some grease in it. Then serve it at the table. Here’s the drinks: two Diet Cokes and one lemonade.”
For those of you who might want to try this, the recipe can be adjusted. Some of you, like me, might prefer to cut down on the noodles and add a little extra grease.