A friend and fellow blogger called Makeover Momma (wonder if I should have a bird makeover in the blog some day) asked for submissions for our favorite Holiday Recipes! I think she was hoping for fudge and cookies and gingerbread, but of course, mine is a bird food recipe. It's one many birders may be familiar with but the recipe always bears repeating. It's the suet dough recipe that I learned from my favorite bird blogger, Julie Zickefoose. I have adjusted the recipe a bit for the birds in my area and feel free to make adjustments as you see it. The original recipe can be found at the Bird Watchers Digest site.
- 1 cup melted lard or beef suet
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 2 cups quick oats
- 2 cups yellow cornmeal
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- half cup sunflower hearts (unsalted)
- half cup crushed pecans (unsalted)
- half cup peanuts (unsalted)
Melt lard and peanut butter together on a low burner. Take off heat, and add remaining ingredients. Spread on a cookie sheet, and allow to cool in the refrigerator until the mixture is just hard enough to cut into pieces. Store in freezer bags and use as needed.
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