Monday, January 22, 2018


approx 5 lb beef chuck roast
1 tablespoon shortening
2 cups sliced onion
2 cups sliced carrots
1 cup sliced celery
2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups tomato juice
4 medium potatoes, quartered, or 16 small ones
1 tablespoon flour

Brown meat well on both sides in hot shortening in Dutch oven over moderate heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, salt, thyme, pepper and 1 cup tomato juice. Cover; cook slowly until meat is fork tender, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Add potatoes 30 minutes before end of cooking time. Arrange meat and potatoes on serving platter; keep hot. Blend together remaining tomato juice and flour; add to vegetable mixture in pan. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Serve with or over meat.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings.

I believe this picture is from Light and Tasty.

Friday, January 19, 2018


1 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup evaporated milk
pinch of salt
1/4 cup almond flavoring

In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the shortening, powdered sugar, milk and salt. When mixture is well blended, add the almond (or vanilla, if you prefer) flavoring. Beat at high speed for 5 minutes. This will frost a layer cake or a sheet cake. Add food coloring, if desired.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018


This is taken from the White House Cookbook, 1894.

Six tablespoonfuls of cocoa to each pint of water, as much milk as water, sugar to taste. Rub cocoa smooth in a little cold water; have ready on the fire a pint of boiling water; stir in grated cocoa paste. Boil twenty minutes, add milk and boil five minutes more, stirring often. Sweeten in cups so as to suit different tastes.

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"Progress in civilization has been accompanied by progress in cookery."
                                                                     -Fannie Farmer

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


This recipe is from an old Iowa church cookbook.

1 cup sour cream
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 9-inch unbaked pie shell

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Pour into the unbaked pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 1 hour until done.

 File Photo Courtesy of dianasdesserts

Monday, January 15, 2018


This recipe is from an old church cookbook.

1 cup soft shortening
3/4 cup milk
4 eggs, unbeaten
3 cups sifted cake flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 tsps baking powder
1 1/2 tsps salt
2 tsps vanilla extract
1 cup very finely chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Into a large bowl sift flour with sugar, baking powder and salt. Drop in shortening and 2 eggs; pour in milk and vanilla. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Add 2 eggs, beat as before. Fold in nuts. Turn into greased Bundt pan or tube pan. Bake 1 hour. Cool 10 to 15 minutes before removing from pan. Cool. Make a glaze by combining 2 tablespoons light corn syrup and 2 teaspoons butter or margarine in a small saucepan. Boil 3 minutes but no longer. Place walnut halves or pieces on top of cake, if desired. Pour the boiled glaze over the top allowing to run down the sides. Note: This cake freezes well.

 Note: File photo credited to veryveryquiet


This is not a recipe but it does mention doing the dishes! I love this and just had to share. My, how times have changed!

Saturday, January 13, 2018


This recipe is from an old midwestern community cookbook.

2 1/2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 tsp soda (level)
1 tsp salt (level)
1 tsp cinnamon (level)
3 small jars carrot baby food
1/2 cup chopped nutmeats

3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, room temp
1/2 cup soft oleo
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all the cake ingredients and mix with an electric mixer for 3 or 4 minutes. Bake in a well greased cookie sheet pan with sides for 25 to 30 minutes. When cooled, mix all the icing ingredients together and frost the cake. Cut into bars.

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Friday, January 12, 2018


This recipe is from an old handmade cookbook from Southern Indiana.

1 chuck roast (approximately 3 1/2 lbs)
2 tbsps fat
2 onions, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup water
2 tbsps brown sugar
1/4 cup catsup
2 tsps vinegar

Brown meat in the fat. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018


1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa (not hot chocolate mix)
dash of salt, optional
1/3 cup hot water
4 cups milk
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
Sweetened whipped cream, optional

In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, cocoa, and salt; blend in the water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Boil and stir for 2 minutes. Add milk; stir and heat to serving temperature. DO NOT BOIL! Remove from the heat and add vanilla. Beat with a rotary beater or wire whisk until foamy. Serve in cups or mugs topped with the sweetened whipped cream, if desired.

Options: For Christmas, use 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp peppermint extract. Top with miniature marshmallows and put a candy cane in the mug as a stirrer.

Instead of the sweetened whipped cream, use marshmallow cream.

Add a teaspoon of instant coffee granules into the hot water for a mocha-flavored hot chocolate.

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