Berry Cobbler

Sometimes a favorite recipe doesn’t have to be for food. Once again my Lab puppy Walker got skunked. The dog was tossed out on the road and we rescued him and you would think he would be grateful! This is now the third time in several months. One would think that he would learn that the black-and-white creature is to be avoided at all costs. One would be wrong. So the following recipe for skunk stink remover is a life-saver (his life). It really works. Get out the hose, put on a raincoat and boots. Use the hose to wash off the dog’s face — the stuff does sting.

Skunk Stink Remover

1 quart of peroxide (make sure it has not expired)

1/4 cup baking soda

1 teaspoon Dawn dish soap

Get a plastic pitcher and pour the peroxide into the pitcher. Add about a teaspoon of Dawn and swirl it around. Get the dog ready before you put in the baking soda. When everything is ready, mix in the baking soda (it will foam with the chemical reaction) and immediately pour the mixture over the dog. Scrub it like shampooing, making sure you get all the potential skunk areas. The Dawn may bother their eyes and the peroxide will make them drool, but it gets out the skunk smell better than anything I have ever tried.

Hose off completely and stand back. Every drop of skunk stink will be gone.

So to reward myself and my husband after a rigorous dog-washing session for Walker and a nice hot shower for us, a berry cobbler seemed perfect. This is a quick and easy recipe and a perfect comfort dessert.

Berry Cobbler

1/2 stick butter, melted, plus more for greasing pan

1¼ cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar

1 cup self-rising flour

1 cup whole milk

2 cups fresh (or frozen) blackberries

Whipped cream and/or ice cream, for serving

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 3-quart baking dish with butter. In a medium bowl, whisk 1 cup sugar with the flour and milk. Whisk in the melted butter.

Rinse the blackberries and pat them dry. Pour the batter into the baking dish. Sprinkle the blackberries evenly over the top of the batter. Sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar over the blackberries. Bake until golden brown and bubbly, about one hour. When 10 minutes of the cooking time remains, sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over the top. Top with whipped cream or ice cream or both!

A friend sent me this recipe. It is on one level comfort food and on another level probably the worst meat loaf in the world for the calorie-conscious. You decide.

Comfort yet killer meatloaf

1 pound ground beef, 85/15 percent

10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

8 ounces grated Cheddar cheese

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1/4 cup bread crumbs, lightly toasted

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper

1/3 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons mustard

3 ounces French fried onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine first eight ingredients, mix well. In a small bowl mix ketchup and mustard. Add 1/4 cup of ketchup mix to meatloaf mix, and save the rest for topping.

Form the meat into loaf, and place in large pan (meat will exude juices when cooking). Spread remaining ketchup mix over loaf. Bake 40 minutes.

Top with onions, and bake for up to another 15 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.