Eilenberger’s Bakery Since 1898

Quaint bakery shop with the old tin ceiling. We enjoyed the pecan nuggets and the chocolate chip pecan cookies.

Bakery case full of goodies.Eilenberger’s Bakery Since 1898

512 N. John St., Palestine, Texas

Venue:  Small town bakery begun in 1898.

Old tin ceiling in bakery.Atmosphere:  Quaint bakery shop with the old tin ceiling. Welcoming to stop in and browse. There is plenty of seating to enjoy your selections or you can get them to go. A number of antiques related to the business are on display. On the walls are photographs depicting the community at different points in time.Historic picture of the inside of the bakery.Display case with Pecan Nuggets and Chocolate Chip Pecan cookies.

Offerings:  Candies, cookies and other goodies.

Recommendations:  Be sure to get several of a variety of items to sample. We enjoyed the pecan nuggets and the chocolate chip pecan cookies. Both would be do agains on a return trip. Be sure to take a catalog with you or check out their selections online at eilenbergerbakery.com.

Friendly employee behind bakery counter wearing black baker's hat.Service:  Friendly, helpful service. We enjoyed chatting with the employee about the history of the business and building. Texas Historical Commission placque for the bakery on the outside, front of the bakery.There is even a Texas Historical Commission placque for the bakery. Under the placque is an “Oil City Ironworks, Corsicana, Texas” embossing.“Oil City Ironworks, Corsicana, Texas” embossing under Texas Historical Commission placque for the bakery.

Storefront of the bakery.Return Rating: Definitely would love to!nside of bakery showing cases and old tin ceiling.

 

 

 

Table seating inside bakery.

 

Foley Food Mill is Your BFF for Making Jam

The beauty of using the FFM (Foley Food Mill) is that you get the pulp without having to peel your fruit before cooking it. While you can buy new Foley Food Mills, our experience had been that the older ones work better. We always keep an eye out for them.

Foley Food Mill on top of bowl with pureed peaches in bowl and peels in food mill.There are a few tried and true kitchen gadgets that earn their keep on your shelf.

 

The Foley Food Mill is definitely a must have for making jams, applesauce, and puréed foods.

We recently put ours to good use when we purchased a half bushel box of over ripe Freestone peaches. We gleaned the ones we could eat over the next few days and prepped the rest for cooking. Half bushel box of over ripe peaches.We washed, cut off bad spots, took out the pits and cut the peaches into chunks. We didn’t have to cut in small pieces with using the Foley Food Mill (FFM). We then cooked the peaches till tender. These peaches had a lot of liquid so we took out extra while cooking the peaches. We added it later to the pulp before making the peach jam.

To make the pulp you run the cooked peaches through the food mill by turning the handle. The handle cranks the blade which smushes the contents through the sieve holes. The pulp is what comes through the sieve holes leaving the fruit skin or peels in the food mill bowl. Occasionally you need to crank the handle backwards which scraps the peels off the sieve surface. You can remove the peels from the bowl before adding more cooked peaches to begin the process again. Continue until all your cooked fruit is turned into pulp. If you are running cooked apples through the mill, the peels and seeds get caught in the food mill bowl. Thus, you only clean, quarter and cook the apples. The Foley Food Mill is a fantastic time saver!

Large pan with steam rising from pan of cooking peaches. A large spoon is in the pan.The beauty of using the FFM is that you get the pulp without having to peel your fruit before cooking it. Once you have the pulp, you can go on to making your sauce or jam.

We made peach jam with our pulp. It turned out great and was almost a peach butter without all the extra work. Of course cinnamon was added to it! We used different sugars for each batch. We tried turbinado, coconut sugar, brown sugar, and white sugar. We liked the coconut sugar the best. It was a fuller, richer, molassessy taste. We also used the pulp to put in our protein shakes.Peach pulp after being run through Foley Food Mill in a large bowl with large spoon on top.

We use canning wax to seal the jam. Melt canning wax and pour at least 1/4 inch of wax on top of the still warm to hot jam filled jars. Let cool completely before placing lids on jars. As you know from reading my posts, Pete doesn’t always follow directions. The recipe that we used for this jam came with the package of fruit pectin. But, Pete used it more as a guide. Thus the wiggle room on the temp of the jam for wax sealing.Peach Jam in pint, half pint and quarter pint jars with white plastic lids.

For the backstory during our jam making, be sure to check out my blog about Managing when Your AC is Being Repaired. We bought the box of over rip peaches because it was such a deal compared to buying a small bag of peaches. However, upon returning home with the over ripes, we discovered the AC was broken. We persevered and got the peaches worked up over several days even without AC. We did the work in the evening knowing it would be cooling down a bit at night.

A couple of last thoughts for you about the Foley Food Mill. The bottom screw comes undone to separate the bowl from the crank/blade combo. This makes for easier cleaning. While you can buy new Foley Food Mills, our experience had been that the older ones work better. We always keep an eye out for them and keep a few on hand to give to folks we know. You can be on the look out for them at antique stores and garage sales and often get them for a couple of bucks. Happy hunting and jam making!Peaches cooking with a rolling boil on stove with stirring spoons in pan.

Lambert’s Café Offers Fun & Food

Be sure to try the Pass Arounds — they are worth it. The fried potatoes are totally a taste experience. Watch out for the throwed rolls . . . The Roll Throwers accuracy is impressive!

Jowls, fried potatoes, onion slices and green beans on a plate with boiled beans in a bowl on the side.Want a fun place to eat where you not only feed your stomach but get an “experience” too?Lambert's Cafe storefront with American flags posted on porch posts.

Try Lambert’s Café also known as “Home of Throwed Rolls.”

License plates and advertising signs covering a restaurant wall.Venue: Fun, memorabilia decorated restaurant with booth dining. Table seating is also available. Definitely tourist oriented as they can accommodate lots of folks at once. Booth seating in Lambert's Cafe.They have a nice gift shop too. The parking lot is suitable for buses, semi’s, RV’s, trucks, and cars. We have only visited the Sikeston, Missouri location but there are two other locations: Ozark, MO and Foley, AL.

Framed military patch display.

Atmosphere: Casual country feel. It can be noisy if you are dining at peak times. Watch out for the throwed rolls as they can be tossed clear across the dining room. The Roll Throwers accuracy is impressive!Chicken tenders, applesauce in a bowl, fried potatoes, and green beans on a plate. A bowl of milk gravy is on the side.

Food Fare: American comfort food that is tasty and fills you up. We’ve tried the chicken salad, jowls and beans and chicken tenders. We were always pleased with our selections. The beverage cups are ginormous so if you are a heavy drinker, you’ll be satisfied.

List of Pass Arounds at Lambert's Cafe: Hot Rolls & Sorghum, Macaroni & Tomatoes, Fried Potatoes & Onions, Black-Eyed Peas, Fried Okra, and Apple Butter.

 

Recommendations: Be sure to try the Pass Arounds — they are worth it. The fried potatoes are totally a taste experience. We thought of the Macaroni & Tomatoes as goulash and it was tasty. Servers walk around with the Pass Arounds and dish out what you want to try. Of course, be sure to catch a roll. Plan to pay with cash or check.Two chicken salad clumps topped with tomato slices, fried potatoes, and crackers on a plate. Applesauce and cole slaw each tin a side bowl.

Service: We experienced great service during both of our visits.

Boiled beans in a bowl, green beans, fried potatoes and cornbread on a plate. jowls and coleslaw each in a side bowl.

 

 

 

Return Rating: Definitely when traveling through and hungry enough to do it justice.  Large yellow painted footprints on the floor leading to the gift shop.

 

 

 

Grilled Cheese Day – April 12 – Create a Custom Build

Grilled Cheese is a comfort food, childhood menu staple, and . . . lots can be done to give this icon a “make-over.”

Grilled cheese sandwich cut in triangles on a plateRemember having grilled cheese sandwiches as a kid? Well, April 12 is Grilled Cheese Day and you can create a custom build version.

My mom always bought Sunbeam white bread. Growing up my grilled cheese sandwich was made from white bread, margarine either spread on the outside sides of the sandwich or premelted on the griddle, and Kraft American Cheese slice singles. Oh, and once it was cooked, I topped it with grape jelly—yuuuum! We also called this sandwich a “cheese toastie.” I still remember the old griddle, probably aluminum, with its stuck on discoloration from years of pancakes and cheese toasties.

Grilled Cheese is a comfort food, childhood menu staple, and is offered on many restaurant menus. Lots can be done to give this icon a “make-over.” Change up bread and cheese choices to create custom sandwiches. Rye bread and Swiss cheese, sourdough bread and vegetable Monterey Jack Cheese, and whole wheat bread and your choice of two cheeses are a few combos to get your creative ideas going. Be sure to use real butter instead of margarine and real cheese instead of processed. Another change is the add on’s you can put in or on your grilled cheese. Anyone for bacon? Add a little pizza sauce and/or pepperoni for a pizza cheese toastie. Add some sauerkraut to the rye & Swiss toastie along with some mayo. Think about your favorite sandwich and what flavors you want on your own custom build. Oooh, Texas Toast Bread would be a great building block for a grilled cheese. What ideas do you have?

Note: Photo retrieved on April 12, 2018 from: https://www.google.com/amp/s/nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-grilled-cheese-sandwich-day-april-12/%3famp

Col. Sanders’ Chess Pie a Delectable Dessert

Whooooah . . . this pie is fabulous. A little bit goes a long way.

Three-fourths of Col. Sanders' Chess Pie with meringue on top.From page 5 of “Twenty Favorite Recipes of Col. Harland Sanders” comes this Col. Sanders’ Chess Pie recipe.

This is an easy to make “comfort food” that also pulls off “fancy.” You can serve this pie for everyday, special occasions, and holidays.

My husband’s parents lived near Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) fame before he became famous. Years later while on a visit, in July of 1971, the Colonel gave my mother-in-law a copy of “Twenty Favorite Recipes of Col. Harland Sanders”.  Here is the recipe as promised.

Picture of Col. Sanders' Chess Pie recipe

I followed this recipe per the directions and ingredients. Chess PIe batter in pie crust ready to go in oven.Baking in a cast iron pie pan took about 60 minutes. A knife inserted half way from the pie edge to the pie middle and coming out clean told me the pie was done.

The meringue turned out nicely. I did grab another cookbook* off my shelf to read up on meringue making. One pointer I learned was to rub a bit of meringue between my fingers to see if there was sugar grit. You want the sugar to dissolve. So, I kept beating my meringue till I didn’t feel sugar grit. Putting meringue on baked chess pieI also made sure that the meringue reached all edges of the crust to provide a seal which prevents shrinkage. The meringue was baked 13 minutes at 350 degrees.Using a spatula to finish putting meringue on baked chess pie

 

Whooooah . . . this pie is fabulous. A little bit goes a long way as it is very sweet tasting. The crust, filling, and meringue compliment one another for a flavorful and delectable dessert. The pie crust came out of the Colonel’s recipe booklet too. I’ll be sharing that recipe at another time.Nicely browned meringue on chess pie sitting on cooling rack with glass canister jars in background

*The cookbook I grabbed off my shelf was, Farm Journal’s Homemade Pies, Cookies & Bread By the Food Editors of Farm Journal, copyright 1983 published by Greenwich House, Distributed by Crown Publishers, Inc., New York.

Col. Sanders’ Buttermilk Pie Recipe is Fantastic!

Nice brown top, smooth texture to the filling, and a great taste with the Bourbon. Next time your in the mood for southern comfort food, give this pie a try. 

Baked buttermilk pie in pine tin with one piece on plateDuring the process of relocating to East Texas, I discovered Buttermilk Pie is a delicious and common dessert in my new state.

I had never had this comfort food before and loved it. So, naturally, I needed to find a recipe. My husband mentioned to me that we probably had a recipe of the Colonel’s and I should check my little cookbook. That’s right, my husband’s parents knew Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) fame before he became famous. My mother-in-law gave me her copy of “Twenty Favorite Recipes of Col. Harland Sanders” little souvenir cookbook. Front cover of recipe booklet, "Twenty Favorite Recipes of Col. Harlan Sanders."She received this booklet from Col. Sanders in July of 1971 in Shelbyville, KY at his restaurant, The Colonel’s Lady. So, now I’m going to share this Buttermilk Pie recipe with you.Back page of recipe booklet, "Twenty Favorite Recipes of Col. Harlan Sanders."

 

 

 

 

 

I made a few adjustment to the recipe to accommodate ingredients I had on hand. I used:

  • Butter not oleo
  • Thrive Life powdered vanilla
  • Powdered Buttermilk (reconstituted )

I omitted the lemon rind and lemon juice and opted to use Bourbon.

Picture of Buttermilk Pie recipe

I had never made a pie recipe that instructed me to bake but not brown the crust prior to baking with the filling in it. As you can see from my picture, there was a bit of bubbling from the initial baking of the crust. Partially baked but not browned pie crust in pie plateIt did not affect the end product. The second time I made this pie, I used a store bought granola crust. Both pies were fantastic! Nice brown top, smooth texture to the filling, and a great taste with the Bourbon.Beaten buttermilk pie filling in bowl with mixer beaters

While this pie didn’t last long, there was no weeping from the filling as you can sometimes get with this type of pie.  Baked Buttermilk pie on cooling rack with jar of flour to the back side and oven in the background.

Do you have a favorite comfort food pie you enjoy? Let me know via the comments section please. Also, be on the look out for the Chess Pie recipe from this little booklet. I’ll be sharing it too.

 

Start Your Freezer Soup Pot Today

Since this homemade soup is a unique culinary creation, savor the flavor before its gone.

Do you want to make a tasty soup that your family will love and your friends will rave about? This has worked for my husband and I for years! He learned this technique from his parents. Just follow these easy steps.

1. Designate a freezer container to be your Freezer Soup Pot (FSP for short).

2. Put any meat or vegetable leftovers in your FSP container in the freezer. This includes liquids you would normally strain down your kitchen sink when you open a can of vegetables, leftover mashed potatoes, any leftover vegetables, leftover meats or meat juices, tomato juice, spaghetti sauce, and pizza sauce. Use your judgment as to whether you think it would compliment a pot of soup. Each time you have such leftovers, just add a layer to your FSP and keep it in the freezer. The FSP will be your soup base.

3. When the FSP container is full, make a pot of soup. Put your FSP in a pan or crockpot. Once it has thawed add other vegetables if you want such as tomatoes, onions, and peppers. You can get creative and add other ingredients such as macaroni or quinoa. Before adding spices, I recommend you get the FSP boiling so the flavors can blend. After taste testing a bit of cooled soup broth, add any spices you desire. Decide how thick or thin you want your soup. You can turn it into a stew if you want. When all your vegetables are tender and the soup has boiled down to the consistency you want, get ready to enjoy the best tasting soup ever.

Benefits of using a FSP are that you are upcycling food you would normally throw away if you’re not into leftovers. This saves you money. You also have the opportunity to enjoy and share soups you create.

Since this homemade soup is a unique culinary creation, savor the flavor before its gone. No two batches are the same. Be sure to start another FSP for your next pot of soup. What is your must have ingredient in a pot of soup? Feel free to use the comments section to share.

Put Dumas Walker Pepper & Pie Co. on your To Do List

Plan your trip to Brenham, TX around Dumas Walker’s hours. This unobtrusive restaurant is one that you would probably just drive by. Trust me — it is worth stopping. They offer tasty comfort food and the biscuits are the BEST!

Dumas Walker Pepper and Pie Company storefrontDumas Walker Pepper & Pie Company

 

1505 West Main

Brenham, TX

 

Dumas Walker’s serves Cajun, Creole, and comfort food in their small restaurant located in Brenham, Texas. Friends were kind enough to tell us about this restaurant and we are so glad they did!

Venue: Unobtrusive restaurant that you would probably just drive by. Trust me — it is worth eating here.

Atmosphere: Cozy table seating in a casual fashion with eclectic Texas country décor. There is a selection of old cookbooks you can look at while waiting for your food. I’ll be sharing some interesting recipes I found in future blog posts.

Dumas Walker bacon and eggs with hash browns, biscuit, and side of gravy

Food Fare: We’ve always chosen breakfast but we understand they have great burgers. The biscuits are the BEST! They are worth going off your diet. Hashbrowns and bacon arrived crispy as requested. I order a side of the gravy to enjoy with my meal.

Dumas Walker omelette with hashbrowns and biscuit

Recommendations: Plan your trip to Brenham around their open hours. They are open Monday-Friday 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Also, check out Dumas Walker’s website for an interesting read about their history. The menu is online as well.

Service: Very good.

Return Rating: Definitely! We love breakfast for any meal.