Grandpa chooses nickname from love of favorite recipe
By Betty Street
Jil Holzer is a talented and appealing young woman who works as a sales clerk at Anderson’s Family Shoes in downtown Mobridge. Jil has only lived in Mobridge for the past couple of years, but she has a bunch of cousins in this area, many of whom she doesn’t know and hasn’t met yet. Her grandparents and two brothers in McLaughlin are her two closest immediate family, and Jil keeps in close touch with them.
Jil’s grandpa gave her the nickname “Chops” after the first time she ate the Crock Pot Pork Chops (see below) because she liked them so much. He has never called her anything but Chops since then.
Jil enjoys reading, especially books by Jude Deveraux; singing in her shower; playing soccer; and football. Jil is a “big Packers fan.” Fiancé Skyler Traxinger is a Patriots fan and her father is a Vikings fan. Jil noted they are all “very passionate footballers” and it’s easier during NFL season when everybody is not altogether in one place.
Soccer has been one of Jil’s main passions since she was a child. She played soccer for 10 years while living in Wyoming, from age 10 until her senior year at Campbell County High School in Gillette. And, she noted, she has arthritic knees to show for it.
Jil was born in Bismarck, N.D., 26 years ago.
“I moved around a lot until I was 12,” she said. “Then I stayed in Wyoming until after high school. Then I moved to Wisconsin for about five years.”
Jil worked at a grocery store in Wisconsin. She moved to Arizona for two years, where she worked at Ross, an outlet store, then came to this area.
Jil met Skyler at a cousin’s wedding last year and said she “knew right away he was it,” he was the one. “He makes me laugh.” The couple is expecting their first child in about six months.
“I cook everything,” Jil said, “but right now chicken is not on my list. The baby doesn’t like chicken.”
Jil likes to experiment with new recipe ideas and several months ago was able to special order some lamb from one of Mobridge’s grocery stores. The lamb chili turned out very well, she said, but when she tried lamb hero sandwiches, they were not a success. Jil wanted to only make half of the lamb hero recipe and remembered to halve the meat but forgot to cut the rest of the ingredients in half.
“Thank God for dogs,” Jil said. The couple has two dogs, C.J., short for Calamity Jane, a Scottish terrier, and Dakota, a St. Bernard/blue heeler cross. The dogs ate what was left of the lamb heroes.
However, that was not Jil’s only cooking catastrophe. She said she tried making s’mores in the oven. She thought that would be more like the real thing than using a microwave; but after turning on the broiler and putting the s’mores in the oven, she kind of forgot about them. It started a fire. It was quickly extinguished, but still it was a fire. Scary!
Skyler works in the Cayman Islands laying fiber optics. They vacationed there last month and Jil said she’s ready to go back any day for another vacation.
JIL HOLZER’S RECIPES
Crock-Pot Pork Chops
4 10-oz. cans cream of chicken soup
6 pork chops
1 cup ketchup
20 shakes Worcestershire sauce
Combine soup, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce in Crock-Pot. Brown pork chops and add to crock pot. Cook for 4-6 hours. Serve over white rice.
Graham Cracker Piecrust
1 cup powdered sugar
1 8-oz. container Cool Whip
1 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese
1 can your choice of pie filling
Mix powdered sugar, cool Whip and cream cheese. Spread evenly on pie crust. Add 21 oz. of your choice of pie filling to top. Let sit in fridge for 30 minutes.
Spicy Ranch Pretzels
¾ cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp lemon pepper
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
1 pkg. Ranch dressing mix
1 bag small pretzels
Mix oil, spices and dressing mix together. Place pretzels in larger roasting pan and drizzle oil mixture over pretzels. Place in oven at 200 degrees to roast. Stir every 30 minutes for 1½ hours.
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup lemon juice
Marinade steaks for 2-4 hours, but no longer or steaks will come out salty. Then grill, broil or bake, whatever you choose.
1 box frozen or fresh blueberries
1½ cups sugar
2 tsp. corn starch
1¼ cups water
Bring all ingredients to a boil. Let cool. Serve with fry bread.
In a bowl with a lid, mix:
1 pkg. shredded cabbage mix
½ cup sunflower seeds
1 bag roasted almonds
½ cup oil
¼ cup sugar
3 tsp. vinegar
1 pkg. chicken ramen noodle seasoning
When ready to serve, add ramen noodles.