Traverse City Record-Eagle

Edna Shaffer: Grandma's Kitchen

October 26, 2008

Grandma's Kitchen: Talking turkey with family


I love reading them. I'll be beginning my seventh year with this paper this winter -- what a good way to celebrate.

This flour mixture is in response to the young man who wanted a gluten-free all-purpose flour mix. I thought maybe some of the rest of us might find it useful too. It comes from the Oryana News, Sept issue.

Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Blend

1/2 c. rice flour

1/4 c. tapioca starch

1/4 c. corn or potato starch

This flour is used to replace all-purpose flour in recipes. The TC Gluten Free Support Group can be reached at (231) 947-8324.

Here's a good slow cooker recipe that will taste great and make your house smell wonderful. It can be assembled in about 10 minutes, and ignored for 6-8 hours...all but the smell!

Pork Chops and Mushrooms

4 boneless pork chops

1 large onion sliced

4 oz. can sliced mushrooms, drained

1 envelope dry onion soup mix

1/2 c. water

10 1/4 oz. can cream of mushroom soup

Spray inside of slow cooker with non-stick spray. Spread chops in a layer in the bottom, top with onions and mushrooms. Combine soup mix, water and cream of mushroom soup. Pour over layered mushrooms. Cover, cook on low 6-8 hours or until tender. Great served over mashed potatoes or biscuits. Serves 4

Parting Shot: Human identity is no longer defined not by what one does, but by what one owns. -- Jimmy Carter

Edna Shaffer is a local mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who writes about cooking from the perspective of an older adult. She can be reached via the Record-Eagle at 120 W. Front, Traverse City, Mi 49685; or by sending e-mail to:

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