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Worn black binder contains memories, old recipes

This week's recipes include mock cherry pie, bunburgers, and corn fritters
From the Kitchen by Joyce Walter

The black binder was taped with masking tape that had dried out with age.

Some of the recipes inside had come away from the pages where they had been glued according to categories.

But it was a treasure I thought had been lost: one of my Mother’s binders of her favourite recipes — and thus some of mine as well. Some new strips of tape will keep the binder’s covers in place for future cooking forays.

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Mock Cherry Pie

1 1/2 cups cranberries
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups raisins
1 1/2 tsps. quick cooking tapioca
1/8 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. almond flavouring
pastry for 9 inch pie

Mix the cranberries which have been chopped with the raisins. Add in tapioca, sugar and salt. Line a pie plate with pastry and fill with the fruit mixture. Sprinkle with almond flavouring, dot with butter then top with vented pastry.

Bake in a fairly hot oven for 10 minutes then reduce heat to moderate and bake about 25 minutes longer. Halfway through baking, sprinkle top with a light dusting of cinnamon sugar.

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2/3 cup undiluted Carnation evaporated milk
1 egg
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1/2 cup fine cracker crumbs
1 1/2 tsps. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
12 slices cheese
6 hamburger buns, sliced in half

Mix all ingredients except cheese and buns. Form meat mixture into 12 thin patties (about 1/3 cup each). Place each patty on half hamburger bun, covering to all edges. Press down lightly.

Place buns on a broiler pan. Broil about 5 minutes with pan 6-7 inches from heat. Towards end of time top each burger with a cheese slice. Broil until cheese bubbles, about 2 minutes. Serve while hot.

Note: If preferred, the meat mixture may be used as a meat loaf. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 1 hour. Remove from oven, top with cheese slices and let stand about 10 minutes before slicing.

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Corn Fritters

1/2 cup milk
2 cups corn kernels
2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1/3 tsp. pepper
3 tsps. baking powder
1 tbsp. melted butter
2 eggs

Add milk to corn. Mix dry ingredients and add to corn. Beat eggs with melted butter and add to mixture. In a deep fryer, heat cooking oil to 375 degrees F. Drop dough by spoonful into hot fat. Cook until browned on both sides. Use a slotted spoon to remove from oil. Place on paper-towel lined plate. Serve hot with chokecherry syrup. Fritters may be frozen and heated through in a warm oven.

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