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Column: Recipes from a Favorite Friend


By Anne Washburn Morse

Back in the 60s I worked with Pauline Morse and she and I became good friends.  Often we would invite her and her husband Jerry to our  house for supper because my husband W.D. was widely known for his skill at catching and cooking crappies.  Then Pauline would return the favor and cook supper for us.  I learned that she was a terrific cook, and here I am sharing several of her recipes.  (of course I never dreamed then I would some day be married to Jerry.  Pauline died in 1999.)


Salmon Croquettes

1 small can salmon

1 egg

2 tablespoons buttermilk

2 tablespoons flour





Mash salmon.  Add egg and buttermilk (sweet milk may be substituted) and mix well.  Add flour.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Drop by large spoonfuls into hot oil.  Shape into patties with spatula.  Cook to desired brownness.


Fried Okra

8 medium to large pods okra

3/4 cup cornmeal

1 tablespoon flour

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 cup oil



Slice okra.  Mix dry ingredients.  Coat each slice with cornmeal mixture.  Sprinkle with oil.  Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes, or until brown. 


Pepper Steak

1 1/2 lbs steak

1 tablespoon paprika

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2 T. margarine

1 cup chopped green onions

2 green peppers

2 large tomatoes

1 cup beef broth

1/4 cup water

2 T. cornstarch

2 T. soy sauce



Sprinkle steak with paprika and allow to stand while preparing other ingredients.  Cook steak and garlic in butter until meat is browned.  Add onions and green peppers (cut in strips) and continue cooking until vegetables are wilted.  Add diced tomatoes and broth; cover and simmer about 15 min.  Mix water, cornstarch, and soy sauce and add to mixture.  Bring to boil to thicken.  Serve over rice.


Corn Casserole

1 can corn

1/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch

2 eggs, beaten

1 1/4 cup milk

1 teaspoon salt



Mix all ingredients together.  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes, or until slightly brown at edges, and set in center.


Never-Fail Divinity

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup water

Pinch of salt

1 pint marshmallow creme

1/2 cup nuts



Combine water, sugar and salt.  Bring to rolling boil and boil only two minutes.   Place marshmallow creme in large bowl and pour hot syrup all at once into it.  Stir until candy loses its gloss, then add nuts.  Drop by teaspoonfuls on wax paper.


Boiled Cookies

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons cocoa

1/4 cup milk

1/2 stick margarine

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup peanut butter

1 1/4 cup quick cooking oats



Mix sugar, cocoa, milk and margarine.  Place over a medium heat and let come to a boil.  Boil for one minute exactly.  Remove from heat.  Add vanilla, peanut butter, and oats.  Mix well and drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper.