Sunday, September 24, 2017

DARK SPICE CAKE

This is an old "church" recipe from Iowa.

1 cup white sugar
1 cup raisins
1 cup water
1/3 cup lard
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup cold water
1 tsp baking powder
2 cups flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Boil together sugar, raisins, 1 cup of water, lard, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon until the raisins soften, about 5 to 10 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool. Mix the soda in the 1/2 cup cold water and add to the raisin mixture. Add the baking powder and flour. Stir all ingredients together and pour into a well greased and floured 8 x 11-inch pan. Bake until done. This is not a typing mistake; no eggs or milk are used in this recipe. 
 File Photo for reference only.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

VELVET CRUMB CAKE

This old recipe was found in my mother's recipe box. It was written on a sheet of paper from an old fashion writing tablet and indicates it is from Edith. Since my mother had an Aunt named Edith, I assume this recipe was from her.

1 1/3 cups baking mix such as Bisquick
3/4 cup sugar
3 tbsps shortening
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
3/4 cup milk

Mix all ingredients together and bake in a 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Makes a small cake so use an 8-inch square pan, greased and floured.

Broiled Topping for Crumb Cake:
3 tbsp softened butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp milk or cream
1/2 cup coconut
1/4 cup chopped nuts

Mix altogether and spread on warm cake. Put under broiler until brown; approximately three minutes.

Note: Photo from Betty Crocker (Bisquick)

Friday, September 22, 2017

SWISS BROCCOLI SOUP

This recipe was on an old yellowed newspaper clipping in a box of recipes from my late mother's estate. I have no idea what newspaper it came from. The picture is a modern day one from The Huffington Post.

1 cup instant nonfat milk
3 tbsps flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder
2 1/4 cups water
1 can (10-oz) condensed chicken broth, undiluted
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1 pkg (10-oz)frozen chopped broccoli, cooked and drained
1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss Cheese

Combine the dry milk, flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder together in a 3-qt heavy saucepan. Stir in the water and chicken broth, whisking until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil and stir for 1 minute. In another pan, saute onion in butter until tender--about three minutes. Stir the onion/butter and broccoli into the thickened mixture. Remove from the heat and slowly stir in the cheese until all cheese is melted. If necessary, return to a low heat to get cheese melted. Do not boil! Serve immediately.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

ESCALLOPED CORN

2 eggs
1 can (#2 size) cream-style corn
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 cup crushed soda crackers
2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp melted butter
1/8 tsp pepper

Beat eggs slightly. Add corn and milk; mix well. Add salt and sugar to mixture and blend in. Add the crackers, butter, and pepper to the corn mixture. Mix well and pour into a buttered 5 1/2" x 9 1/2" glass baking dish. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes.

Yield 4 to 6 servings.

Note: File Photo

Monday, September 18, 2017

OLD FASHION GINGER CRISPS

This old recipe was given out by a Lard company. Please note that you can substitute shortening for the lard.

2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 tsps ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup lard
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 tbsps water
1/3 cup sugar

Sift together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Cream lard and 1 cup sugar. Add egg, molasses, and water; beat thoroughly. Stir sifted dry ingredients into creamed mixture, mixing well. Shape dough into balls about the size of a small walnut and roll in the 1/3 cup of sugar. Place on cookie sheet about 2-inchs apart. Bake in a moderate 350 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes.

Yield: 4 dozen cookies

 file photo

Friday, September 15, 2017

GROUND BEEF SKILLET DINNER OVER NOODLES

This recipe is from a 1986 newspaper clipping.

2 cups coarsely chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 lb lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onions
1 crushed garlic clove
1 diced green bell pepper
1 cup sliced celery
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
8-oz broad noodles, cooked and drained

Combine the tomatoes, water, oregano, thyme, and pepper in a small bowl and set aside. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet. Add ground beef to the skillet and stir constantly until crumbly and no longer pink. Remove meat from skillet with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the onion, garlic, bell pepper, and celery to the skillet. Saute until the vegetables are tender. Cover the skillet and cook mixture about 7 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally. Add parsley to the skillet. Return the meat to the skillet and add the tomato mixture. Cook mixture for several minutes until hot and bubbly. Serve over the hot cooked noodles.

Yield: 4 servings

 Note: File Photo

Thursday, September 14, 2017

HERSHEY'S CHOCOLATETOWN PIE

This recipe is from an old Hershey's recipe give-away.

9-inch unbaked pastry shell
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs, beaten
2 tsps vanilla extract OR 2 tbsps bourbon
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips or Mini Chips
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Festive Whipped Cream (optional, recipe follows)

Prepare pastry shell; set aside. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small mixer bowl, cream butter; add eggs and vanilla or bourbon. Combine sugar and flour; add to the creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts; pour into the unbaked pastry shell. Bake 45 to 60 minutes or until golden. Cool about one hour; serve warm. Garnish with Festive Whipped Cream, if desired. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

FESTIVE WHIPPED CREAM:

In a small mixer bowl, combine 1/2 cup chilled whipping cream, 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon bourbon. Beat mixture until stiff. Yield: about 1 cup topping.

Note: File Photo

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

HOLIDAY NOODLES

This is an old recipe from Reames Frozen Noodles. Mr. Reames was a personal friend of mine and he and his wife shared many recipes with me. Unfortunately, we lost Bill in 2008. But we will continue to enjoy his noodles forever. Thanks, Bill and Betty!

1/3 cup butter
1 cup thinly sliced celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
8 cups ready-to-serve chicken broth
1 pkg (16 oz) Reames Frozen Egg Noodles
1/2 tsp salt, if desired
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups cubed cooked turkey (or chicken)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Parsley sprigs for garnish, if desired
1 tsp ground sage, optional

Heat butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat until melted. Add celery and onion; cook about 3 to 5 minutes or until tender; stirring occasionally. Add broth and bring to a boil. Stir in noodles, salt, and pepper. Simmer, uncovered, about 35 minutes or until the noodles are tender. Stir mixture occasionally during cooking. Stir in turkey and parsley; heat through. Garnish with parsley sprigs, if desired.
Add sage with salt and pepper, if desired.

Note: To thicken slightly, stir together 1 tablespoon flour and 1/4 cup cold water until smooth. Stir into turkey and noodles. Bring to a boil and cook about two minutes or until smooth and thickened, stirring constantly.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

RAISIN APPLE PIE

This recipe is from an old grocery store give-away recipe fold-out. It is from some Lard Company. That tells you it has to be old. How long has it been since you saw something like that?

4 cups sliced tart cooking apples
1 cup raisins, plumped*
1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar (depending on sweetness of apples)
2 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp grated lemon peel
Pastry for a double-crust 9-inch pie
1 tbsp butter or margarine
1 tbsp milk

Combine apples and raisins. Mix sugar, flour and salt; add to apples and raisins. Add lemon juice and peel and mix well. Place the apple raisin mixture in a pastry lined 9-inch pie pan. Dot mixture with butter or margarine. Top with another pastry circle. Fold the bottom pastry over the edge of top pastry and crimp edges together to seal. Cut small slits in top pastry to allow pie to breathe. Brush top with milk and sprinkle lightly with sugar. Bake in a moderate oven, 375 degrees, for 45 to 50 minutes, until lightly browned and filling is bubbly.

*To plump raisins, cover with 1 cup boiling water and let stand for 10 minutes. Drain raisins thoroughly before using.

This is a file photo.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

REFRIGERATOR COOKIES

This recipe is from an old Pillsbury cookbook. It doesn't have a date but the original price on the front is .15. I would say the book is quite old!

2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Cream mixture well and add egg and vanilla; beat well. Blend the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture; mix thoroughly. Add in the pecans and mix in well. Divide the dough into two equal parts. Place each part on a sheet of waxed paper and shape into a roll 1 1/2-inches in diameter. Wrap in waxed paper and chill for several hours or overnight. Dough should be chilled thoroughly. To bake, preheat oven to 425 degrees, remove dough from the refrigerator and cut into slices about 1/8-inch thick. Place on ungreased baking sheets and bake in a hot oven of 425 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes.

VARIATIONS:
Chocolate Nut: Blend 2 squares of unsweetened melted chocolate in with the egg and vanilla. Bake at 400 degrees.

Coconut: Omit the nuts and blend 3/4 cup shredded coconut, chopped fine, in with the dry ingredients.

Orange-Nut: Add 1 tablespoon grated orange rind in with the nuts.

Lemon-Nut: Add 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind in with the nuts.

Spice: Sift 1 teaspoon Cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon cloves in with the dry ingredients.

Note: File Photo