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Grandpappy's Recipes for Hard Times

Copyright July 1, 2011 by Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E.
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ISBN: 978-0-9837933-1-1
Type of Book: Paperback
Book Size: 8.5 inches by 11 inches
Number of Pages: 116
No Pictures: All pages in Black and White.
Normal Retail Price: $12.95

  1. This book includes my Wine Recipes that I sold as an "e-book" on my website for 2.5 years at a price of $10.00 per copy.
  2. This book also includes my recipe on how to brew an American Light Beer. I developed this brewing procedure over a three-year period between 1995 through 1997. Until now I have never shared or sold this recipe. However, my beer brewing recipe is also in this book.
  3. This cookbook also includes a few of my favorite recipes that are not on my website. I included these special recipes on a few of the pages in the cookbook that had some blank space at the end of a chapter in order to more effectively utilize as much of the space inside the cookbook as possible.
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Friday, January 27, 2012
I have been trying to make bread for more years than I can say. I ran out of eggs so I tried the No Egg 100% Whole Wheat Loaf Bread Recipe (page 22). I just sliced that bread and put butter on it and I almost passed out!! It was the best thing I've ever tasted. I can't wait to try some of the other recipes!
Lynette C.

Book Description on Amazon.com

Simple delicious recipes that produce delightful results using the minimum number of common ordinary ingredients.

This is a special cookbook that was created for families who are experiencing hard times.

When a family is trying to survive during hard times then that family usually has extremely meager financial resources and they cannot afford all the different foods they once had the privilege to consume during normal times. The family has to stretch its food dollar to the limit and they must frequently supplement their weekly menus with wild edible plants and whatever wild game meat they can acquire.

This is a cookbook for families in the above situation. It contains a wide assortment of simple recipes that only require the absolute minimum number of ingredients to produce exceptionally delightful and tasty meals. It contains a pleasant variety of delicious recipes for white rice, flour, cornmeal, and canned meats. It also explains how to make your own homemade mayonnaise, sour cream, baking powder, tomato sauce, sugar, and peanut butter.

This cookbook also contains my homemade beer recipe and my homemade wine recipe. My homemade wine recipe will allow you to make a delightful wine without any special chemicals or wine yeast.

This is a Cookbook for Hard Times when you may have to provide almost everything your family eats.

Preface to
Grandpappy's Recipes for Hard Times

In June of the year 1975 my wife and I, plus our three preschool age children, lived in a tent on twelve acres of wilderness real estate we had purchased that was located deep in the backwoods of Maine. Each day we cooked our meals over a campfire. This was fun to do for a short period of time. However, as the weeks stretched into months the novelty quickly wore off and my entire family become disgusted at having to eat the same basic food again and again and again. This is referred to as "appetite fatigue" and unless it has actually happened to you then you will probably underestimate how depressing it can be.

In late November of the year 1975 we returned to civilization and we once again began living a common ordinary civilized life. However, those six months I spent in a hostile wilderness environment deep in the backwoods of Maine taught me a multitude of very valuable life lessons. For example:
  1. Food is extremely important to your survival.
  2. If you eat the same basic food items again and again then appetite fatigue will get the best of you.
  3. To avoid appetite fatigue a person needs some very simple but practical recipes that will allow him or her to prepare an interesting and delicious variety of meals using the same basic food items.
Therefore I began diligently looking for simple recipes that could produce delightful results using the absolute minimum number of basic ordinary food items. I quickly discovered that ordinary simple food can be made absolutely delicious if it is properly prepared.

I also discovered that the vast majority of the recipes in almost every cookbook that I bought were based on the following three assumptions:
  1. Your primary objective is to prepare one recipe or one meal at a time.
  2. You can afford to invest a lot of money in a wide assortment of basic ingredients for that one recipe.
  3. Those recipe ingredients can be easily found at your local grocery store.
Since I had lived for six months in the wilderness of Maine I knew the above three assumptions were not valid for a family that was experiencing hard times.

As the years passed I continued to add to my original collection of basic simple recipes. For the past 35 years I have been diligently searching for simple recipes that produce delicious results.

However, I also knew that under hardship conditions a family would need to supplement their meals with wild edible plants and wild game meat. Therefore I began experimenting with a variety of wild edible plants and wild game meats. I quickly discovered that almost 95% of the wild plants listed in "survival manuals" do not grow everywhere. And when they can be found there is usually only just enough for one small meal. Therefore I began focusing my attention on a few wild plants that are extremely common, and that grow in abundance, and that most people can easily recognize. Those are the wild edible plants that are included in this book, such as white oak acorns. This cookbook explains how to identify, process, and prepare white oak acorns using a wide variety of different acorn recipes.

Some wild game animals are relatively small and they will only provide enough meat for one meal. Other wild game animals could feed you for an entire week. And some wild game animals have enough meat to last several weeks. Therefore a family would need to have a reliable method of preserving that meat for future consumption without having to rely on a food freezer or canning jars. That is why I began experimenting with a variety of different meat jerky recipes. I eventually developed my own jerky recipe that will work with any type of meat. My meat jerky recipe is in this cookbook.

I also knew that the summer fruit and berry harvest season is relatively short and that a family would need to store those fruits and berries for consumption during the cold winter months. That is the reason I developed the Pemmican recipe in this cookbook. My Pemmican recipe allows you to combine your fruits and berries with your meat jerky to make a "delicious granola bar" that is a complete nutritious meal all by itself.

I also realized that the time may come when a family may not be able to conveniently replenish their food supplies at their local grocery store for one reason or another. Therefore I developed my own special recipes on how to convert ordinary vegetables that you can grow in a home garden into the food items you would normally buy from a store. For example, this cookbook contains recipes that explain how to convert fresh tomatoes into tomato sauce, pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce, Mexican salsa, and catsup. This cookbook also explains how to extract the sucrose sugar from ordinary sugar beets to create your own sugar and sugar syrup.

Depending on what type of emergency food supplies you now have in storage you may need more than one cookbook. For example:
  1. If you have a significant investment in dehydrated and freeze-dried foods then your family really needs a special cookbook that is dedicated to these unique types of foods.
  2. If you have a huge inventory of hundreds of different types of foods and spices and flavorings and wines then your family really needs a conventional cookbook that explains how to provide unique meals using a multitude of different ingredients in each recipe.
  3. If you have less that one-hundred different food items in storage and those food items are common ordinary foods then your family really needs this cookbook.
Even if you currently fall into category one or two above, you will eventually consume all your stored foods. When that happens your family may be reduced to eating the same common ordinary foods that all the rest of us already eat on a regular basis. In that situation this cookbook could become extremely important in maximizing your family's eating pleasure at the dining table.

Now let me tell you what this cookbook does not contain. It does not contain any microwave oven recipes. It does not contain a lot of recipes for hamburger, or fish, or vegetables. This cookbook only contains a few very basic simple recipes for each type of food.

However, this cookbook does go into great depth on the more important food items, such as white rice, flour (or wheat berries), cornmeal, and acorns. This cookbook also contains instructions on how to process a variety of common wild game animals so you can successfully add them to your meals. This cookbook will also help you to identify and prepare the most common wild plants when they are in season, such as dandelions and kudzu. Finally, it will help you to avoid vitamin deficiency problems by providing nutritional data on several wild plants, such as the common ordinary pine needle (vitamin C).

In addition to food recipes this cookbook also contains my homemade wine recipes and my homemade beer recipe. In my opinion my basic wine recipe will consistently produce delicious wine even if you don't have the special wine making chemicals and yeasts specified in traditional wine recipes. However, my beer recipe is only based on three years of homebrewing and I was not able to create a beer that tasted exactly like a true American light beer. However, my beer recipe does produce a pretty good light beer and it would be an excellent starting position for someone who wanted to create the perfect American light beer and who wanted to continue where I left off.

I am sometimes asked which recipes are my personal favorites. My seven favorite recipes are:
  1. Bacon plus Scrambled Eggs with Cheese on page 4.
  2. Sausage and Cheese Biscuits on page 27.
  3. Pot Luck Pie on page 16.
  4. Spaghetti with Meatballs on page 19.
  5. Hamburger, Rice, and Eggs on page 15.
  6. Peanut Butter Cookies with Optional Chocolate Chips on page 54.
  7. Fantastic Fudge on page 53.
July 1, 2011

Table of Contents

Some of my recipes, such as my wine recipes and my beer recipes, are not on my website but they are both included in my Recipe Book. For 2.5 years I sold my wine recipes on my web site for $10. My beer recipes have never before been published until I decided to include them in this Recipe Book. Finally, in order to fill up a few pages in this Recipe Book that had some empty space, I also included a few of my favorite recipes that are not on my website, such as Sausage and Cheese Biscuits, and Spaghetti and Meatballs.

Chapter Page
Section One: Introduction
1 Introduction to Grandpappy's Recipes and a Temperature Conversion Table 1
2 Some Practical Cooking Advice 3
Section Two: Homemade Items
3 Useful Homemade Items When Store Bought Items Might Not Be Available 5
4 Grandpappy's Tomato Sauce, Pizza Sauce, Spaghetti Sauce, Mexican Salsa, and Catsup 7
5 Grandpappy's Homemade Sugar Recipe 9
Section Three: Vegetables
6 Beans 11
7 Potatoes 12
8 White Rice 13
Section Four: Meat
9 Meat Recipes 17
Section Five: Bread
10 Introduction to Breads and Yeast 20
11 Yeast Breads 22
12 Bread without Yeast (No Eggs Required) 25
13 Sourdough Bread (No Eggs Required) 28
14 Bagels, Pretzels, Crackers, Chips, and Cheese Snacks (No Eggs Required) 31
15 Breads Made from Oat Flour and Rice Flour (No Eggs Required) 33
Section Six: Cornmeal
16 Cornmeal Recipes (No Eggs Required) 34
Section Seven: Wheat Berries
17 Wheat Berry Recipes 36
Section Eight: Desserts
18 Grandpappy's Delicious Homemade Ice Cream using Instant Powdered Milk 40
19 Cakes and Frostings (No Eggs Required) 41
20 Cookies (No Eggs Required) 44
21 Pies and Cobblers 48
22 Candy and Fudge 51
23 Sweet Treats 54
Section Nine: Edible Wild Plants and Nuts
24 Edible Wild Plants: Cattails, Pine Needles, Dandelions, Poke Sallet, Kudzu, Etc. 58
25 Acorns 64
26 Hickory Nuts 74
Section Ten: Fish and Wild Game
27 Fish 76
28 Aquatic and Land Creatures 77
29 Wild Game Recipes 78
Section Eleven: Meat Jerky and Pemmican
30 Meat Jerky 83
31 Grandpappy's Pemmican Recipe: A Native American Indian Survival Food 85
Section Twelve: Beverages
32 Hot and Cold Beverages 89
33 Introduction to Alcoholic Beverages 91
34 Grandpappy's Homemade Beer Recipes 93
35 Grandpappy's Homemade Wine Recipes 97
Index 102
About the Author 106

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