Thursday, December 18, 2014

CREAM PUFFS

This recipe is from my 1955 Marshall Township PTA cookbook. It was submitted by Mrs. Jesse McPike.

Cook 1 cup water, 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup flour. Add 4 beaten eggs, 1 at a time. Drop in greased muffin tins, 1/2 full and bake in hot oven. Cool. Fill with ice cream or any favorite sauce.



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CHERRY 'N' BLUEBERRY PIE

Pastry for a 2-crust pie
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 cans (16-oz each) pitted, red tart cherries, drained - reserve 1 cup of the liquid
1 tbsp butter
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1 tsp milk
1 tbsp sugar, optional
1/8 tsp cinnamon, optional

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Line a 9-inch pie pan with pastry to make bottom crust.

In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and cornstarch; gradually add the cherry liquid. Cook over medium heat until just beginning to boil, stirring occasionally. Boil 1 minute until thick and clear, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter until melted. Gently stir in the cherries.

Place the blueberries into the pastry-lined pie pan. Top blueberries with the cherry mixture.

Using a small heart-shaped cutter, cut 4 or 6 hearts from the second crust then carefully place the crust over the filling. Flute the edges to seal and place the hearts on top to decorate.

Brush the crust with the milk. If desired, combine the cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle over the top.

Bake at 400 degrees for 40 to 55 minutes or until golden brown. If edges start to get too brown, cover with a foil ring or pie edge protectors.

Allow to cool several hours before cutting.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PECAN DATE BARS

This is a recipe I have had for so many years I have no idea where I got it.


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GINGERSNAPS

This is a recipe from my little 'The Cookie Book' from 1970.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

FRUIT PUNCH

This is an old recipe I have had longer than I care to remember!



Sunday, December 14, 2014

ELVIS PRESLEY CAKE

This cake is floating around the internet but I don't think it was really an Elvis Presley cake. I do think, however, it is something Elvis would have no doubt liked. I have the cookbook made by his longtime cook, Nancy Rooks and his uncle Vester Presley. This is not among the cakes she published. Whether Elvis ate it or not, the reviews on this cake are great. Too much sugar for this diabetic but many of you might like to try it.

1 box white cake mix (plus the ingredients called for to make it)
1 8 oz. can of crushed pineapple
1 cup sugar
1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans

Bake the cake according to the package directions.   Remove from oven and poke holes in the top of the cake with a pick or a meat fork works well.

Place the pineapple with it's juice (don't drain) and the 1 cup sugar in a sauce pan over medium heat and bring to a boil.   Pour evenly over the cake.   Allow to cool. 

Beat the cream cheese and butter together until fluffy.  Add the confectioners sugar and vanilla until smooth.  Stir in the chopped pecans.   

Spread over the top of the cake.  You can serve immediately.  Refrigerate the leftovers.


Friday, December 12, 2014

FRIED CORNBREAD

I loved it when my grandma would make fried cornbread for me. I sometimes make it still when I get to thinking about her good meals.

2/3 cup cornmeal
1/3 cup self rising flour
1/3 cup low fat buttermilk
1 large egg
oil for frying (I used about 3 tbsps coconut oil, but you can use whatever you like)

Combine first 4 ingredients together in a bowl, mixing well. Mixture should be very moist but not soupy. Heat oil in skillet and drop by spoonfuls into oil. Cook til brown on one side and flip (it cooks kind of like a pancake) to brown on the other side. Place on plate with paper towels and blot any excess oil.



Thursday, December 11, 2014

EASY BIG FAT YEAST ROLLS

1 cup warm water
1 pkg active dry yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
3 tbls softened butter (or non-dairy equivalent)
1 egg, beaten
3 1/2-4 cups flour
Method
Put water and yeast in large mixing bowl and add next 4 ingredients. Beat with dough hook until well blended. Add 3 1/2 to 4 cups flour and mix until soft dough forms (should not be sticky). Put out onto floured board and knead a few times until smooth. Place in greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in warm place approx. 45 minutes. Punch down and turn out onto floured board. Shape into 12 rolls and place in greased 13x9 in. baking pan. Let rise again about 30 minutes. Bake 350 for 20 minutes. Brush tops of rolls with butter (or equivalent).




Note: I have not made these yet. A friend just gave me this recipe. They sure do look good.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

WILD RICE AND CHICKEN GIZZARDS

This recipe was from Nancy Rooks, Elvis Presley's longtime cook.

1 lb chicken gizzards
1/2 cup Mazola margarine
1 tsp seasoned salt
1 tsp lemon pepper
3 1/3 cup long grain wild rice
1/4 tsp curry powder
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 tbsp chopped green pepper

Wash gizzards, put into cold water and cook with margarine, seasoned salt, and pepper until almost done. Pour rice into the pot, stir, and add curry powder, mushrooms, onion, and green pepper. Let rice and gizzards cook over a very low flame and serve hot. Serves 3 or 4.


Monday, December 8, 2014

1968 MARYLAND FRIED CHICKEN

This is a Better Homes and Gardens through the years recipe.



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