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Church, books, quilts, farmer

By Staff | Mar 18, 2011

Marilyn Dodge whips up her fruited lettuce salad.

LANGDON – On a quaint little acreage just to the east of this north central Clay?County community, population 53, you’ll find the home of this week’s farm cook Marilyn Dodge and her husband Delbert.

The Dodges are grain farmers and also run a small welding business. Marilyn Dodge works just a few hours a week keeping books for a local computer business. She also enjoys helping in her church and is involved with several community projects in her area.

Though her out-of-the-home jobs keep her busy, she doesn’t neglect her duties at home. “Delb likes to eat at the same time every day.” said Dodge “I try to make sure I have dinner on the table and ready to go. I make good use of the time bake feature on my oven.

“I don’t know what I would do with out that option. I often put my meals into the oven frozen, set the time bake feature and go on my way!”

Dodge said that she finds that freezing her casseroles and meat dishes, plus the time bake feature saves her from hurried meal preparation and allows her have several selections ready in her freezer and they can be taken out for a later meal.

Marilyn Dodge’s marvelous mulberry pie.

The Dodges are also gardeners and their freezer and shelves are filled with vegetables and fruits harvested from their own garden.

They grow a wide variety of berries. Mulberries are a family favorite and so is her mulberry pie.

Dodge said that she had often asked her sons, Scott and Dan, if they would like to take some home when they visited. This request led Delbert to hiding the pie from other family members to avoid the extra’s being taken.

“It’s become a fun family tradition to hide the mulberry pie,” Marilyn Dodge said with a laugh. “It’s been hidden just about everywhere and on one occasion the cat found it first!”

Dodge said her involvement in her church is what is most important to her.She serves on a number of committees, prints the church’s bulletins and serves as lay leader giving the message on Sunday when her minister is out of town.

Marilyn Dodge is a quilter and is making a variety of quilts that coincide with children’s story books.

She recently created a project that makes prayer quilts for members who are ill. “We wanted to do something for a member who was very sick and needed to be hospitalized away from home,.” she said.

“Because I do a lot of quilting, I offered to construct a quilt for him. We had members of our church sign it on Sunday morning and we then gave it to him as a gift as a reminder that we were all praying for him.”

Dodge also crafts quilts for her family. She has made one for each of her seven grandchildren and is now working on special story book quilts – quilts whose fabric coordinates with a children’s book.

These quilts she plans to put inside her cedar chest and have save for her future great-grandchildren.Some of her finished story book quilts are “Frog in the Bog,” “A Quilt Makers Gift,” and “Mrs. McTat’s Cats.”

Her baked goods and crafted items are also popular in her small community.She has written several cook books for family and friends, one of which she had auctioned off at a church annual auction that brought $470.

Marilyn shared some of her tested and true recipes with Farm News readers. These include:

Lard double pie crust

3 cups flour

1 cup of lard

1 egg

1 tablespoon vinegar

6 tablespoons water

Add more water as needed

Makes 1 double crust.

Marilyn’s marvelous mulberry pie

For an 11-inch pie

6 cups of mulberries

1 cup of sugar

1/3 cup flour

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Combine above ingredients and place in unbaked pie shell. Top with 2 tablespoon butter and place top shell over filling. Trim and flute edges.

Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.

Grandma Dodge’s

oatmeal buns

This recipe is written as she got it from Delbert Dodge’s grandmother.

“I have to make a double batch when the kids come for dinner,”?Marilyn Dodge said.”They think the hot buns from the oven are appetizers and when they cool you have them as a second course!”

1 cup of oatmeal

2 cups of boiling water

3 to 4 cups white flour

Pour boiling water over oats.

Add 2 1/2 tablespoons lard

Salt (to your taste)

1/3 cup of brown sugar

While that cools, dissolve the yeast in 1/4 cup of warm water and 1 teaspoon of sugar.”I use lard, but I’m sure any shortening would do,”?Dodge said.

Mix all ingredients, then knead, raise, make buns, raise again and bake about 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Delb’s mom’s fruited

lettuce salad

3/4 cup mini marshmallows

1 small can crushed pineapple

1 banana chopped

2 cups chopped lettuce

Combine with 1/2 cup of salad dressing and serve.

Oven fish

“When in the field, I use frozen fish and timed baked. It works great,” Marilyn Dodge said.

Dip fish fillets in melted butter then roll in Ritz cracker crumbs. Place in sprayed pan.

Bake 30 minutes at 400 degrees.

For a more dietary version, spray fish with buttered-flavored cooking spray and then dip in crumbs.

Tarragon chicken

“When I’m in the field I use frozen breasts and set my oven on timed bake! It works perfectly,” Dodge said.

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/3 cup of melted butter

1tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon dried tarragon leaves

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

Place chicken in 9-by-13-inch pan. Sprinkle with paprika. Mix remaining ingredients and drizzle over chicken.

Cover and bake for 50 to 60 minutes at 350 degrees.

Contact Robyn Kruger at rangerob@hickorytech.net.

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