Monday, November 19, 2018


This recipe is from an old newspaper clipping.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk

Stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in the shortening to form a crumb-like mixture. Blend in the milk to make a dough. Roll out on a floured surface to form a rectangle about 9 x 13-inches.


3 cups fresh blackberries, divided
2 cups water
1 stick butter
1 1/2 cups + 2 tbsp sugar

In a small bowl, crush 1/2 cup of the blackberries and set aside.

Melt the butter in a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.

Mix the remaining 2 1/2 cups blackberries with 1 1/2 cups of the sugar. Spread mixture over the dough and roll up jellyroll style rolling from the long side. Cut roll into 1-inch slices. Place slices over the butter in the baking pan. Pour the crushed berries/water mixture over the slices. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar over the top. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour until lightly browned. Cool about 10 minutes before serving.
Note: File photo for reference.

Saturday, November 17, 2018


2 lbs red cabbage
1/4 lb margarine
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
4 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Shred cabbage and soak in very cold water for 30 minutes; drain. Place drained cabbage in a large saucepan and add vinegar, onion, salt and pepper. Cover the pan and bring cabbage to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the cabbage is just tender, stirring often. Add the margarine and sugar, stirring well to melt.

Thursday, November 15, 2018


Jean was a great cook and mother in the area where I grew up in the 1950s.

1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/2 cup half-and-half cream

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the brown sugar, white sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt; gradually add the cream. When mixture is well blended pour into the pie shell. Add enough milk to fill the shell, if necessary. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes then reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 30 minutes.

Note: To keep crust from becoming too brown, you can cover the crust edges with foil and remove the last 5 to 10 minutes of the baking time.

You can see how much I have used her cookbook, it has lost its cover!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


This is another old recipe from my childhood.

1 cup pecans, chopped fine
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 tsp lemon peel
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
8.5-oz can crushed pineapple, undrained
1/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Butter a 9-inch loaf pan; add 1/4 cup of the pecans and shake around in pan to coat. Lightly sprinkle these nuts with a pinch of sugar. Set pan aside.

In a medium bowl,blend together the butter and lemon peel; beat in sugar and add egg. Sift the flour, baking powder and baking soda into the sugar mixture alternately with the pineapple. Add the milk and mix well. Stir in the remaining nuts and pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

 Note: File Photo

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


This recipe is from an old newspaper clipping.

1 cup butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour
1 bag (12-oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 bag Bits O Brickle
1 cup shredded coconut
3/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 x 12-inch glass baking dish; set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar together. Add eggs and vanilla to the sugar mixture and mix until fluffy. In a small bowl, combine the salt, baking soda, and flour. Add chocolate chips, Bits O Brickle, coconut, and pecans. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Do not over bake! Center of bars will look very soft. Allow to cool completely in the pan before cutting into squares.  
 I posted the picture below to keep from getting dozens of posts asking, "What is Bits O Brickle"!

Monday, November 12, 2018


This is another old recipe from my childhood in Southern Indiana.

2 cups sugar
1 tsp prepared mustard
2 tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tbsp butter
1 cup vinegar
1 cup boiling water

In a large saucepan, stir together the sugar, salt, pepper, and flour; add mustard. Add the butter and vinegar; stir to moisten. Add 1/4 cup of the boiling water and stir. Turn heat to low and add the eggs. When eggs are mixed in well, slowly add the remaining boiling water and increase the heat to boiling. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Makes one quart of mayonnaise and may be kept in the refrigerator indefinitely.

Note: This is a file photo used for reference only.

Sunday, November 11, 2018


This is a recipe from one of my mother's PTO friends when I was a kid in school (in the 1950s, but don't tell!) Both this lady and my mother have been gone for years but we still enjoy many of the foods they used to make.

1 1/2 cup herb seasoned stuffing
2 cups milk
1 1/2 lb ground pork
1 1/2 lb ground ham
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 tsp salt

Soak the stuffing in the milk for 5 minutes. Add the ground pork, ground ham, onion and salt. Pack lightly into a loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Spoon off the drippings.


1 cup orange marmalade
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Combine all topping ingredients in a small bowl until well blended. Spread over the hot ham loaf and return loaf to the oven. Bake another 10 minutes. Let loaf stand for about 10 minutes before cutting.

 Note: File Photo

Saturday, November 10, 2018


This is an old Southern Indiana recipe.

3 cup shredded zucchini
1 cup Bisquick
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp oregano
dash of black pepper
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs, beaten

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Spread mixture in a 9 X 13-inch baking pan that has been lightly greased. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into squares then cut each square in half diagonally.

Note: File Photo before cutting into triangles.

Friday, November 9, 2018


This recipe is from an old Southern Indiana newspaper clipping.

4 cups shredded cabbage
1 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup cider vinegar
3 tbsp honey mustard
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp poppy seeds
2 tsp sugar
salt to taste
pepper to taste

In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded cabbage, carrots, and green onions; toss well to mix. In a small bowl, blend the vinegar, honey mustard, mayonnaise, poppy seeds, sugar, salt and pepper. Whisk until smooth. Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and season with salt and pepper. Chill several hours before serving.
Note: This is a file photo.

Thursday, November 8, 2018


1 can (6-oz) frozen orange juice
1 can (9-oz) frozen lemonade
2 pkgs. unsweetened cherry Kool-Aid
1 1/2 cups sugar
10 cups water

Put dry Kool-Aid and sugar into a large bowl. Add 2 cups of the water and stir until the Kool-Aid powder and sugar are melted. Add remaining water, frozen orange juice concentrate and frozen lemonade concentrate. Stir until juices are dissolved. Chill until serving time. Serve in a pretty punch bowl and float thin slices of fresh orange and lemon on the punch, if desired.

Note: File Photo for reference only.