Thursday, July 28, 2016


If you are a fan of author Jan Karon's Mitford novels you know much of the book centers on the food shared at church gatherings and other events. According to the author, this would be how Louella fixes her famous greens.

2 pounds turnip greens or collard greens
2 ounces salt pork, chopped
2 ounces smoked bacon, chopped
1/3 cup chopped onions
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Remove the stems from the greens. Wash the leaves well by plunging them in a sink full of water. Drain the water, rinse the sand from sink, and repeat several times, until the water is clear. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the greens and boil for 2 minutes. Drain the greens and discard the water. Bring a fresh pot of water to a roiling boil. Add the salt pork, bacon, chopped onions and Tabasco. Add the greens, cover, reduce the heat, and simmer 1 to 2 hours or until the greens are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Note: You can find this recipe and many other "Mitford" recipes in Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader.

Sunday, May 22, 2016


This is an old recipe I got from a lady in Tennessee.

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup coarsely chopped apples
1egg, slightly beaten
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup chopped nuts

Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together; add apples. Add egg, milk and butter, mixing just enough to moisten. Put in buttered muffin tins. Mix topping ingredients and sprinkle on top of muffins. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

Saturday, February 13, 2016


4 green bell peppers
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 lb pork sausage
1 onion
1 tsp oregano
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 cups spaghetti sauce

Cut a thin slice off the top of the peppers; cut in half lengthwise and clean out seeds. Place e in a casserole dish cut side up. Set aside.

Heat oil (if sausage is really lean) in a skillet until browned while stirring to break up meat. Add the chopped onion and oregano; cook until onion is tender. Drain off fat.  Stir in sauce then cheese. Spoon mixture over peppers. over and bake at 400 degrees about 40 minutes until peppers are tender.

Friday, November 13, 2015


This recipe is from an old Missouri restaurant's breakfast favorites.

2 tablespoons oil or butter
4 cups diced potatoes
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 cup chopped ham (or precooked bacon or sausage)
2 medium eggs
4 slices Amerian cheese (or your favorite cheese)

In a large frying pan, heat the oil or butter over high heat. Add the potatoes and onions and cook 5 to 7 minutes until lightly browned and tender, stirring often. Place the meat on top of potatoes and stir in. Break the eggs over the mess and then stir in. Cook, stirring gently, until eggs are done, about 2 to 3 minutes. When the eggs begin to firm, cover with the cheese, reducing heat to medium, and cover. Continue  cooking  until the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.

Makes 1 large mess or 2 servings.


2  bricks (8-oz each) cream cheese
1 4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onion
6 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
5-oz green olives, drained and chopped

Mix all together, chill and serve.

Thursday, November 12, 2015


This was my late mother's recipe.

2 cups diced cooked chicken breast
2 cups diced celery
1/2 cup water chestnuts, sliced
2 tbsp chopped onion
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup mayonnaise
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 cups Rice
1 pkg (18-oz) grated cheese

Prepare rice according to package directions. Mix soup, mayonnaise, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Place in a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Sprinkle with crushed potato chips or Ritz cracker crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


1 can (10 3/4 oz) Campbell's Condensed Cream of Mushroom soup
1/2 cup milk
1 cup frozen peas
2 cans (approximately 6-oz each) TUNA, drained and flaked
2 cups medium egg noodles, cooked and drained
2 tbsp dry bread crumbs
1 tbsp butter, melted

Combine the soup, milk, peas, tuna and noodles in a 1 1/2-quart casserole dish.

Bake are 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Stir.

Combine bread Crumbs and melted butter; sprinkle over casserole. Bake another 5 minutes or until golden brown.

Yield: Serves 4

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


4 lb potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 lb carrots, cut in half-inch chunks
6-8 green onions, sliced thin
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sour cream
1 1/4 tsp salt
Dash of freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Butter a 9 X 13-inch baking dish or pan; set aside.

In a large pan place the potatoes and carrots with enough water to cover completely with enough water to cover; add 1/2 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Boil until tender and drain. Mash potatoes/carrots and set aside.

Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat and add the onions. Saute onions until tender; add to the potato mixture. Add the sour cream, salt and pepper and mix until blended. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish; sprinkle cheese over the top.

Bake, uncovered, 30-40 minutes until heated through.

Yield: Approximately 12 servings

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


This recipe is from my 1967 BH&G cooking with HERBS and Spices booklet.

Beat together 1/3 cup salad oil and 3 tablespoon vinegar. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons snipped dill or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed, 1/4 teaspoon each sugar and salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

Pour mixture over 1 large cucumber, pared and sliced paper-thin. Refrigerate several hours.

Sunday, August 23, 2015


A wonderful lady in the area of Southern Indiana where I grew up published a cookbook many years ago. She was a great cook and we all loved her recipes. Here is one of them.

Click on recipe to enlarge for easier reading.