Tuesday, March 17, 2009

How are things in Glocca Morra?

Dear Mom,

Look, look, look tooooo the rayain bowwwww....
Today the songs from this movie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjKLx6oS9TM are running through my head. I wish I could sing like Petula Clark. If I have time later, I may dig out our copy of Finian's Rainbow and watch. Some parts of that movie may be dated, but Fred Astaire's singing and dancing never will be. There are so many good songs in that movie. I remember listening to them when I was little, after we had gone to bed, and falling asleep with them. Daddy must have had the sound track. I remember Petula Clark and ?? guy singing "That Old Devil Moon" and Petula whispering, "kiss me"...... Really, if only I could sing. I would be making everyone, well, the kids, crazy embarrassed.

I'll make My Hero happy by NOT singing and I'll fix Reuben Loaf for dinner. The kids aren't so thrilled with it, so I make half of it with ham and swiss. I got this recipe years ago from my #1 sister-in-law and it has never failed to please.
Reuben Loaf
3 1/4 c flour
1 T sugar
1 t salt
1 pkg RAPID RISE yeast
1 c hot water
1 T margarine, softened
1/4 c thousand island dressing
6 oz thinly sliced corned beef
1/4 lb sliced swiss cheese
1 small can sauerkraut, well drained
1 beaten egg white
caraway seed
Set aside 1 c flour. In large bowl, mix remaining flour, salt, sugar and yeast. Stir in hot water and margarine. Mix in only enough of reserved flour to make a soft dough. Knead on a floured surface for 4 minutes. On a greased baking sheet, roll dough to a 14 x 10 in rectangle. Spread dressing down center 1/3 of dough. Top with layers of beef, cheese and sauerkraut.
Cut 1-inch wide strips in the dough to the sides of filling, out to dough edges. Alternating sides, fold strips at an angle across filling. Cover dough and place over a large shallow pan 1/2 filled with boiling water for 15 min. Brush with egg white, sprinkle with caraway seed. Bake at 400 for 25 minutes or until done. Cool slightly. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers and reheat to serve.