Katy Bar the Door

Have you ever had a word or phrase sneak into your repertoire, and you weren’t sure exactly how it got there?

Yeah, me too.

“Katy bar the door” is one such phrase. My mother-in-law said it frequently. Amazing woman – my mother-in-law. Dorie Young was:

An Army wife – Her husband served a tour of duty in Korea and three in Vietnam, leaving her to care for three children – including twin boys – alone.

My husband is the cute little guy on the left.

My husband is the cute little guy on the left.

Professional chef – She worked as the pie and pastry chef for an upscale restaurant for many years and was just an all-around terrific cook. (Talk about pressure when I married my husband, Bill.) Many of the tricks I know come from her.

Mentor – She gathered young women around her like a hen gathers her chicks. She passed on her wisdom (in and out of the kitchen) and all of us are better for having known her.

Dorie died almost two years ago, but she isn’t forgotten. So many things remind me of her. Her son, the women she mentored, her kitchen tricks, her recipes and “katy bar the door.”

I’m still not sure exactly what it means…

Dorie’s Baked Beans
2 15-oz. cans pork and beans
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbles
2 T. dry minced onion
2/3 c. catsup or barbecue sauce (I usually do ½ each.)
½ c. brown sugar
1 T. cider vinegar
½ t. cinnamon

Mix all ingreadients, and pour into a casserole dish.  Bake at 350 degress for 1 ½ hours.  Serves 8. 203 calories per serving.

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