Thursday, August 11, 2022 — I’ve always been told that deaths come in threes. I just learned of the passing of a second dear friend, Ambrose Muellner, who was our neighbor at our winter home in Roadhaven Resort in Apache Junction, AZ. He was a dear sweet man who loved my cookies. I believe he was the one who nicknamed me “The Cookie Lady”. I always made sure he got a separate plate of any cookies I made for the card room. He always got his cookies before anyone else did. I didn’t play cards but went over on card night, bringing fresh baked cookies to be shared by those in the card room and after a bit, I would take the plate into the pool hall and share them with the people in there. I had a bit of a reputation there in the park, and one time I was helping to serve at one of the pot luck dinners and a woman looked up at me and said, “You’re the cookie lady! I’ve heard about you from my husband!” I was shocked and had no clue who her husband was, but he must have enjoyed my cookies.
Ambrose was 90 years old and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He made things out of wood and sold them at the monthly craft fair there in the community hall. He was also known as “The Bike Man” and he repaired bicycles and then donated them to non-profit organizations there in Apache Junction. Every now and then a large truck would show up from Mexico and two guys would get out and go up to Ambrose’s doorway. Ambrose would have dozens of bicycles for them to take back to Mexico for kids who couldn’t afford one. Generous to a fault, if you needed something fixed, or you needed something, no matter what it was, you went to Ambrose.
Ambrose was a butcher by trade and he made sausage for a sausage store there in St. Cloud, MN. He gave me his recipes and I have yet to make them, but have tasted it when he’d make it there in the park. He and Robert’s dad used to make beef jerky together. Herewith is the two recipes Ambrose created and shared with me. I will remember him always.
January 5, 2014
BREAKFAST PORK SAUSAGE
By Ambrose Muellner (Roadhaven Resort)
2 ½ Lb. Pork butt
2 tsp. Sage
1 ½ tsp. Marjoram
1 tsp. Savory
2 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Black Pepper
Grind 3 ice cubes or water. Stuff in casings or make into patties, or chili meat.
HOMEMADE SUMMER SAUSAGE
by Ambrose Muellner (Roadhaven)
3 lbs. Ground Beef
½ tsp. Mustard Seed
½ tsp. Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp. Marjorum
1/4 tsp. Sage
3 Tbsp. Morton Tender Curing Salt
1 tsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Black Pepper
1 C. Water
Mix all ingredients together in bowl. Form into 3 rolls and wrap in foil and tie securely with string. Let stand in refrigerator for 3 days. Remove from refrigerator and boil for 1 hour with foil on. Remove from water and let stand a few minutes then remove foil. Re-wrap in Saran Wrap and chill thoroughly in refrigerator. Slice to serve.
Be safe, be well and take good care of yourself. Know that you are loved in this life, and be sure to tell those you love that you love them.