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YOU'VA FRIEND IN THE KITCHEN: Softening butter doesn't have to take all day


The only thing I have found good about making a mistake is correcting it, if you are in time. This one, I wasn’t, but it is a big one and I don’t know who is to blame.

In the column published June 21, I tried to wish close relatives Happy Birthday: Junior Guffey, nephew, the 27th; grandson Brian, June 30; and son Randall, the 4th of July. I believe I got the birthdays correct, but in so doing, I invited the public to stop by Junior and my niece Pam’s cafe in Bakersfield for good food, BUT I failed to say Missouri, and it came out California. Long drive! The food is excellent, the drive too long!

Junior and Pam are few of the relatives I have left and stop by to see me every time they get to West Plains. Thank you! Much appreciated. Pam’s are the best baked beans I ever ate! They are natives of Bakersfield, so they know what area eaters like.

I have several more recipes from the ladies at West 160 Church of Christ I am anxious to try, but better send from a different source this time.


The following two are from my granddaughter, Heather Swearengin, who lives in Springfield. (I will tell on her: She is my oldest granddaughter!) Heather is a good cook and came up with this recipe.


From Heather Swearengin

Makes 10-12 servings

3 pounds ground beef

1 package dry onion soup mix

14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk


18-ounce bottle ketchup

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

Combine beef, soup mix and condensed milk. Form into about 3 dozen meatballs, each about 1 1/2-inch around.

Place meatballs on baking sheet. Brown in 350-degree oven for 30 minutes. Remove from cooker.

Combine sauce ingredients. Pour over meatballs.

Cover. Cook on low 3-4 hours.

This hint is also from Heather. Warming butter to room temperature is usually time consuming. Try Heather’s hint.

One of the best baking tips ever:

If you need to soften butter quickly, but don’t want to melt it, put boiling hot water in a glass to heat the glass. Dump the water out and flip the glass over your stick of butter. In a few minutes, it will be perfectly soft to use.

If you’d like to share a good recipe with You’vah, you can write her at 320 S. Harlin, West Plains, MO 65775 or via email at yschafer@yahoo.com. Although she does not take recipes over the phone, she invites your suggestions, questions and conversations at 417-293-5333.