Grandma Hystads Recipes















½ cup chopped onion

½ cup chopped celery

6 diced potatoes

2 Tablespoons margarine

½ teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 cup non-fat dry milk

3 cups water

2 Tablespoons flour

Peel and chop the onion.

Chop the celery.

Peel the potatoes, and cut them into small cubes.

Melt the margarine in a large saucepan on low heat.

Add the onion and celery. Cook for a few minutes.

Add the potatoes, salt, pepper and 1½ cups water.

Cook for 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender.

In a small bowl, stir together the dry milk and flour.

Add 1½ cups water slowly, stirring as you add it.

Add the milk mix to the potatoes.

Cook until the soup is heated and slightly thickened.

Adjust the seasonings.  YIELD: 6-1 cup servings.


2 tablespoon butter or margarine

2 medium zucchini, shredded (about 2 cups)

1 medium onion, chopped

1 pkg. (6 0z.) Stove Top Stuffing Mix for Chicken

1 cup Kraft Finely Shredded Italian Style Five Cheese Blend

2 pkg.(about 1-2 lb.each) Chicken quarters

¾ cup Kraft Honey Barbecue Sauce

PREHEAT oven to 400 degrees F. Melt butter in medium saucepan on medium heat. Add zucchini and onion; cook and stir 2 min. or until well blended.

CAREFULLY insert fingers between the meat and skin of each chicken quarter to form a pocket. Fill pockets evenly with stuffing mixture. Place, skin sides up, in large roasting pan.

BAKE 45 min. or until chicken is cooked through. Brush with barbecue sauce. Bake an additional 5 to 10 min.or until heated though.   YIELDS: 8 servings





1 ½ teaspoon dill weed

½ teaspoon thyme leaves

½ teaspoon onion powder

1 lemon

1 teaspoon paprika 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine oat bran, dill weed, thyme leaves, onion powder, and paprika. Sprinkle over salmon fillets. Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.


Pasta Salad

8 oz. Pasta

½  small red onion, chopped

¼  cup low-fat salad dressing

Choose 3 of the following vegetables:

1  medium tomato, chopped

1  small zucchini, sliced

¼  cup celery, chopped

¼  cup carrots, sliced

1  medium pepper, chopped

¼  cup green beans

½  cup broccoli, chopped

Prepare pasta according to package directions. Add chopped onion and fresh vegetables. (If preferred, steam or stir-fry vegetables for 3-5 minutes before adding to pasta). Add salad dressing. Mix well.  Serves 4.

Pizza Potatoes

½  cup broccoli, chopped

½  onion, chopped

¼  cup carrots, chopped fine

1  small tomato, sliced

2  baked potatoes

½  tablespoon margarine

½  tablespoon flour

½  cup skim milk

¼  cup cheese, shredded

Cook broccoli, onions, and carrots in a small amount of water until tender and set aside. In a saucepan, melt margarine and stir in flour. Add milk slowly while stirring. Cook until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally. Add cheese and stir until melted. Add vegetables to cheese sauce and stir. Split open potatoes. Pour equal amounts of vegetable cheese mixture over each potato. Top with sliced tomatoes.

Baked Apple Wedges

2-3 baking apples (Rome, Cortland, Golden Delicious) 1/2 teaspoon margarine

½  tablespoon sugar OR brown sugar

ground cinnamon to taste

1/8  cup orange juice (optional)

Peel, core, and cut apples into quarters or wedges, depending on the size of the apple. Place apples in 1 quart baking dish. Dot apples with margarine. Sprinkle apples lightly with sugar and cinnamon. Orange juice may be added if desired. Bake at 375 degrees until tender, about 30 minutes.  Serves 2.


½   pound ground beef, or ground turkey, or venison

1/8 teaspoon salt (optional)

1/8 teaspoon pepper (optional)

1 - 10 ¾  ounce can ounce tomato soup, condensed

water, one soup can full

6 medium diced or sliced carrots

2 medium diced or sliced potatoes

1 cup diced onion

Brown meat. Drain fat, if any. Season lightly with salt and pepper (optional).

Add soup and 1 can of water to fry pan. Add vegetables.

Bring to a boil, then simmer, covered, about 25 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat, cover for last 10 minutes to thicken.


A hillbilly and his son were visiting a mall for the first time.  They were amazed by two walls that could move apart and then slide shut again.

The boy asks his father what it was.  (Never having seen a elevator before) The father replies, "Sorry I have never seen anything like this before".

Just then an oversized lady came and pressed a button on the wall. The walls opened and the lady stepped into a small room.  The walls closed and the boy and his father watched the small numbers above the walls light sequentially. They watched as it reached the last number and then the numbers began to light in the reverse order.  When the walls opened again a attractive slim 24-year lady stepped out. The father, not taking his eyes off the lady said to his son, "Go get your mother"


Thanksgiving was just a few days ago, and with the Christmas holidays coming, here are a few things to keep in mind.


Put food away right after the meal.  Discard any turkey, stuffing, gravy left at room temperature longer than two hours.

Refrigerated turkey and stuffing use within three to four days.

Gravy within one to two days.

If you freeze leftovers, use within two to six months.


Do Federal or local authorizes Check in Canada or the USA?

I just read a report by Shan Phelan Investigative Correspondent for the Irish Independent, showing shocking levels of contamination in bottle waters sold there are exposed in a confidential report by the States food safety watchdog.

The draft report seen by the Irish Independent reveals that harmful bacteria, including E coli, have been found in bottle water on sale throughout the country.  Health officers found 7.2 pc of bottle water they sampled for the report were in breach of either legal or EU guidelines. For a complete report go to;



Fast-food outlets including McDonald’s and KFC have pledged to make their food more healthy as part of a campaign to cut heart disease and obesity. Burger King, Wimpy, Nando’s and Subway promised to cut salt and fat levels. The Food Safety Authority will monitor the commitments with the aim of making the food eaten by more than three million Britons a day healthier.

The baking, grilling or frying of starchy foods can create a harmful substance called acryl amide.  Acryl amide is a chemical that forms in some foods during cooking at high temperatures. The natural sugars and the amino acid asparagines found in some plant foods combine naturally to produce acryl amide when subjected to high heat. Common food sources of the chemical include potatoes, grain products and coffee.

Very low levels of acryl amide are present in drinking water compared to the much larger amounts of the chemical found in cigarette smoke and certain foods.

At present, the World Health Organization classifies acryl amide as “probably carcinogenic to humans” on the basis of the evidence from animal studies.

At the heart of problem is the way we prepare potatoes and grain products. Some of the largest sources of acryl amine in the diet include french fries, potato chips, ready-to-eat cereals, cookies, graham crackers, pastries, coffee and toast. All of these products are processed or prepared at high temperatures.

Large amounts of acryl amide form during high-temperature cooking techniques such as frying, grilling, broiling, roasting or baking. Foods that are cooked to a dark brown color contain higher amounts of the chemical than those that are stopped at a golden yellow.

Little or no acryl amide is produced during lower-temperature methods such as boiling, steaming, poaching, braising, blanching and microwaving.

Acryl amide is usually not present in raw plant foods. It’s typically not associated with meat, dairy products or seafood.

The higher the temperatures and the longer the times that plant foods are cooked, the greater the amounts of acryl amides that are formed.

Cook at recommended temperatures to destroy germs while preserving the maximum flavour and nutritional value of your food.


The past decade witnessed the massive off shoring of jobs to low-cost countries, decimating the U.S.A. and Canada manufacturing base. Cheap food may bring the next health crisis.

Ice cream. Yogurt. Crackers and biscuits. Egg and products containing powdered eggs. Cake. Powdered and condensed milk, pet food, pie, cereal plus other food products.

You probably consumed some of these products.  Did you know where they came from?  You may have thought these products were produced in the USA or Canada.  You would not know that some of these products came from china, and yes, China imports them into Canada and the USA.

These foods of Chinese origin have been found by authorities in the United States, Canada, Australia, to contain an industrial chemical called melamine that is used to make plastic.  In recent weeks, the Chinese government has admitted that adding melamine to food - which raises protein levels, making poor-quality products look more nutritious - is common practice in China.  Melamine can cause kidney stones and kidney failure when eaten. It has already sent about 54,000 Chinese consumers to the hospital and caused the deaths of at least four infants.

Mark Schlosberg is the California director and Elanor Starmer is a research analyst with Food & Water Watch, a national non-profit firm working to ensure clean water and safe food. For more information, visit


Worries about the quality of Chinese exports to the U.S. have become a major feature of bilateral trade ties, with substandard Chinese food and toys covered in lead paint among the recurring product safety scares.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, speaking on the eve of opening of an FDA office in Beijing, said a new strategy was needed because the United States imported $2 trillion worth of goods a year, equal to four times the size of the Brazilian economy.

The FDA Office will be the first outside the US and will be followed by two more in China this month and one in India next month.


As part of a fraudulent scheme to extort money from consumers, callers have falsely identified themselves as officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Consumers should know that FDA officials never contact consumers by phone to demand money or any other form of payment. “Impersonating an FDA official is a violation of federal law,” says Michael Chappell, FDA’s acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs.

Offers of Discounted Prescription Drugs


Several instances have been reported to FDA of calls enticing consumers to purchase discounted prescription drugs by wiring funds to one of several locations in the Dominican Republic. No medications are ever delivered.


A subsequent call is received from a fraudulent “FDA special agent” informing the consumer that a fine of several thousand dollars is required to be sent to an address in the Dominican Republic to prevent incarceration or other legal action.

Report complaints or information regarding this scheme to FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations at (800) 521-5783.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Fiesta recalls 47,000 Blue Ember grills

Fiesta has recalled 47,000 of its Blue Ember gas grills because improper assembly of the grill poses a fire hazard. Fiesta has received 14 reports of grill fires although no reports of injuries.


Commercial cleaning supplies can aggravate your allergies and have long terms effects on your health. You can save on your house-cleaning bill with very good results using less toxic substances. Before washing, it is essential that all stains be removed. Sometimes Soap or hot water will set a stain and make its removal impossible.


If you have teenagers, or in fact any adult, impress on them the
risks of driving while intoxicated. Statistics demonstrate drunk
drivers cause many fatal road accidents.

It should be known that like any other drug, addiction is a
potential hazard.  Excess of alcohol will affect organs such as the brain, heart, and liver.



¼ juice of lemon

1-teaspoon anisette

1 ½ ounce Jamaica rum

½ teaspoon grenadine

Shake with ice cubes.

Strain into cocktail glass.

MARTINI (sweet)

1-ounce gin

½ ounce Italian vermouth

1dash orange bitters

Stir with ice cubes.

Strain into chilled cocktail glass



There are just as many ways of making coffee, as there are different brands. Here are some general rules.

For good results measure water and coffee.

2 tablespoons coffee to each 1 cup

Make coffee just before serving

Make coffee double strength and pour the hot coffee over ice in a tall glass.  As the ice melts, it will dilute the coffee. Top the glass with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.


½ cup cocoa

1 cup sugar

2 cups water

1/8 teaspoon salt

¼ spoon vanilla.

Combine cocoa, sugar and salt

Add water and stir until well blended.

Cook for 5 minutes.  Cool and bottle

Makes 3 cups syrup

Add 2 tablespoons of syrup to each cup of scaled milk.

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