Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Especially for you Texans who miss Underwood Cafeterias.


1 cup shortening
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
cold water
1/2 cup butter

1 1/4 cup sugar
1 pinch salt
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 can cherries, undrained
1 cup water
4 teaspoons red food coloring

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

Crust: Combine shortening and flour in a bowl and mix well. Add salt and enough cold water to make ingredients cling together. Roll the dough until it is very thin. 

Cut up butter and place in a 9 x 13 inch pan. 

Filling: Combine in bowl the sugar, salt and flour. Mix well. Add the cherries, water and food coloring. Mix well and pour over butter in pan. Top with rolled out crust. 

Bake at 350 degrees F until brown. A little less than an hour. 

This came from a family cookbook. It was originally from a wonderful Texas-based cafeteria specializing in delicious slow-smoked barbecued steak. There were Underwood's all over Texas back in the day, but today the only remaining cafeteria is the original, which is in Brownwood, south of Abilene. 

Monday, March 27, 2017


½ c. cocoa
¼ cup cornstarch/or arrowroot powder (or ½ c. all purpose flour)
3 egg yolks
1 ½ c. sugar
¼ tsp. salt
2 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix cocoa, cornstarch, beaten egg yolks; sugar and salt, then add milk gradually, while stirring in a pot over med-high heat. Cook until thick, beating it smooth. Cream pies take some time to thicken, so stir... and stir (10-15 min). Using a heavy bottom pan really helps. Just keep it up until it thickens. Pour into a pre-baked pie shell. Put in the fridge to chill, add whipped cream if you like Or use the left over egg whites for a meringue topping!

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Not sure if this is a vintage recipe but it is one I have had for years. I got it from an old yellowed copy in my late mother's recipe shoe box!

1 flank steak, approximately 1 1/2 lbs

3/4 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce
3 tbsp soy sauce
1/4 cup green onion slices
2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp ground ginger

Score steak on both sides with a sharp knife. Mix all ingredients, except steak, in a small bowl; pour over steak. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator 7 or 8 hours or overnight; turning once. To cook steak, remove from marinade and place on a broiler pan or grill that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Broil or grill over hot coals for approximately 20 minutes or until of desired doneness. Brush with barbecue sauce about half way thru the cooking time. To serve steak, carve across the grain into thin slices.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings.

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Friday, March 24, 2017


1 cup sugar

1 stick butter
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups persimmon pulp
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup raisins

In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar and butter. Beat in eggs and pulp. Add flour and mix in. Add remaining ingredients in order listed. Drop onto greased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017


1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 cup milk
3 cups all purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla


1 cup brown sugar
4 tsp cinnamon
4 tbsp flour
3/4 cup melted butter

To make topping, melt butter, add brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Mix well. Sprinkle between batter layers and some on the top.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar together, add eggs, beat well. Sift dry ingredients together, add alternately with milk and vanilla. Put half in greased and floured 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Sprinkle half the topping mixture over batter. Add remaining batter and top with remaining topping mix. Bake cake at 350 degrees about 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Miz Maxine's Chocolate Fudge Cake

2 cups sugar

3/4 cup butter (margarine)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
1/2 cup cocoa
1 1/2 cups boiling water

Cream sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk together. Sift dry ingredients together. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with the boiling water. Bake in a 9 x 13 inch pan in a 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes.

Eat plain, dust with powdered sugar, or ice with your favorite icing. Yummy no matter how you serve it!

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017


This is a recipe from an old BRACH'S Stars candy advertisement. 

14-oz Brach's Milk-Maid Caramels
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1 box yellow cake mix
3/4 cup melted margarine
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 cup chopped nuts
12-oz bag Brach's Chocolate Stars

Melt caramel and 1/3 cup of the evaporated milk over medium heat. Let stand. In separate bowl, chop Chocolate Stars. In another bowl, combine cake mix, margarine, milk and nuts. Grease 9x13 pan. Spread half of dough in bottom of pan and bake at 350 degrees for six minutes. Remove pan from oven. Sprinkle chopped Chocolate Stars over crust. Pour caramel mixture over the layer of Stars. Spread remaining dough over the top. Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Monday, March 20, 2017


2 cups sifted flour

1 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
1/3 cup oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix and sift flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder. Make a well in center of mixture and put in egg, milk and oil. Stir only enough to dampen all the flour mixture. Pour into a square baking pan that's been greased.


1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp butter

Mix flour, sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in butter. Sprinkle topping on top of batter. Bake for 35 minutes at 375 degrees.

Note: A quick, easy coffee cake that's not overly sweet.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017


2 cups persimmon pulp

2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 tsp soda
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup milk
1/2 stick melted butter
1/4 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Combine pulp, eggs, and sugar, blending well. Combine buttermilk and soda; add to the pulp mixture and blend in. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; add to mixture. Melt butter in pan and add to mixture with milk and vanilla.

Grease a 9x13-inch pan with butter. Pour pudding batter into pan and bake at 325 degrees 45 minutes to one hour.

Garnish with whipped cream, if desired.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017


5 cups pitted cherries
1/2 cup water
1 1/4 cup sugar
4 tbsp cornstarch
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tbsp butter, chilled
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp white vinegar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Very lightly oil an 8-inch square baking dish or pan; set aside.

In a saucepan, combine the cherries, water, sugar, and cornstarch; mix cornstarch in well. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes or until mixture thickens. Pour into the prepared baking dish/pan.

In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt; cut in the butter until pea size chunks form.

In a cup or other small container, mix the milk and vinegar; using a fork, stir into the flour mixture until blended.

Using a large spoon, drop the batter into nine large lumps atop the cherry filling.

Bake at 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes until browned.

Delicious served warm with vanilla ice cream!

Yield: 6 servings

Note: I adapted this recipe from one in Southern Living a few years ago. The picture is also from SL/