Friday, November 28, 2008

HERSHEY'S COCOA BUNDT CAKE

This recipe was in an old Hershey's recipe give-away.

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup Hershey's cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups buttermilk or sour milk*
1 tsp vanilla extract
Chocolate Glaze (recipe below)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan. In the large mixer bowl, blend flour, sugar, dodoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; add remaining ingredients except chocolate glaze. Beat on low speed for 1 minute, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter into prepared Bundt pan. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan and place on a wire rack to cool completely. Drizzle with the chocolate glaze.

Yield: 12 to 16 servings

*If you don't have buttermilk, you can use 1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar plus milk to equal 1 1/2 cups. Allow to sit for a couple of minutes before using.

Chocolate Glaze:

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 cup Hershey's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips or Mini-Chips

In a small saucepan, bring water and sugar to a rolling boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Remove pan from heat. Immediately add the chocolate chips. Stir mixture with a wire whisk until the chips are melted and the mixture is smooth. Cool until slightly thickened. Drizzle over top of cake.

Note: For a pretty presentation, add a few chopped pecans around the top of the cake over the glaze.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

MOLDED EGG SALAD

8 hard-cooked eggs, coarsely chopped
1 cup minced celery
1/4 cup salad dressing
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp finely minced onion
salt and pepper to taste
6 thick tomato slices
salad greens
paprika

Combine eggs, celery, dressing, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, onion, salt and pepper; mix well. If mixture is too dry, add a little more salad dressing. Chill. When ready to serve, place tomato slices on a bed of salad greens. Using a small ice cream scoop, place a scoop of the egg mixture in the center of each tomato slice. Sprinkle with paprika. Garnish with celery curls and additional seasoning, if desired. Serves 6.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Old Fashion Pumpkin Bars

This recipe is from a 1970s church cookbook.

1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
2 cups pumpkin
4 eggs
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat oil, sugar, pumpkin and eggs together until well blended. Combine flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and cinnamon together in a sifter. Sift mixture into the pumpkin mixture. Blend well. Grease a jelly roll pan and pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Frost with a powdered sugar frosting or a cream cheese frosting, if desired.

CHICKEN AND FISH GUMBO

This recipe was on a very old almost crumbly newspaper clipping. I have no idea of its origins.

2 tbso vegetable oil
3 lbs chicken pieces
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup flour
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup unsalted chicken broth
2 1/2 tsp thyme leaves, crushed
1/2 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 green bell peppers, chopped
4 tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 lbs cod fillets, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 lb tomatoes, chopped
1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tsp paprika
Fluffy cooked rice

In a large saucepot, heat oil until hot. Add chicken and brown on all sides. Remove chicken from pot. Put onion and garlic in pot; saute until tender, about three minutes. Add flour; cook and stir until well blended. Gradually add water and chicken broth, stirring frequently, until thickened; about two minutes. Return chicken to the pot along with the thyme; bring to a boil. Cover pan and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer until chicken is almost tender, about 45 minutes. Add mushrooms, bell pepper and lemon juice; continue to simmer, covered, for ten minutes. Add fish, tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce and paprika; continue to simmer, covered, until chicken, fish, and vegetables are tender; about five minutes. Serve over rice.

Yields about 8 servings.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

MOM'S APPLE DUMPLINGS

DOUGH:
2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup milk
FILLING:
5 cups chopped apples
1 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
SYRUP:
2/3 cup butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup boiling water

Make dough by cutting shortening into the flour until crumbly. Add milk and blend to make a dough. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin. Roll into a rectangle.

To make filling, In a mixing bowl, put apple sugar, and cinnamon. Stir to mix well.
Spread down the center of the dough. Roll up sides to make a roll. Cut into medium thick slices and place in a lightly greased baking pan.

To make syrup, bring water to a boil in saucepan. Add butter and sugar and return to a boil. Pour syrup over dumplings. Bake approximately 1 hour at 375 degrees.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

VINEGAR SALAD

2 tomatoes, chunked
1 cucumber, thinly sliced
1 onion, sliced and separated into rings
1 can French style green beans, drained
1 cup vinegar
2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar

Combine vinegar, water, and sugar in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil; remove from heat and allow to cool. Toss tomatoes, cucumber, onion, and green beans together. Pour liquid mixture over vegetables. Seal and marinate in the refrigerator for several hours.

Friday, November 14, 2008

QUICK AND EASY STIR FRY PORK

This is a recipe from an old grocery store give-away card. This was an old midwestern grocery store.

1 lb pork, sliced thin
2 tbsp oil
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onion
3 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 lb bean sprouts
Brown pork in oil. Add celery, onion, and soy sauce. Stir fry 3 minutes. Add bean sprouts and stir fry an additional 2 minutes. Serve hot.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

LIST OF OLD TIME SAYINGS

This is a list of some old-time sayings I have gathered from old cookbooks. Hope you will enjoy them.

Willingness without action is like a cloud without rain; there may be lots of thunder and lightening but no parched ground is watered.

Too little to save, Too much to dump. That's what makes the housewife plump.

"A smile is a light in the window of the face by which the heart signifies it is at home and waiting. A face that cannot smile is like a bulb that cannot blossom." Henry Ward Beecher

You find yourself refreshed by the presence of cheerful people. Why not make earnest effort to confer that pleasure on others?

"Whatever is set before you eat, asking no questions for conscience sake." 1 Cor. 10:37

Be grateful for your doors of opportunity--and for the friends who oil the hinges.

I set out to find a friend, but couldn't find one; I set out to be a friend, and friends were everywhere.

"We may live without poetry, music and art,
We may live without conscience, and live without heart;
We may live without friend, we may live without books;
But civilized man cannot live without cooks."

"He may live without books--what is knowledge but grieving?
He may live without hope--what is hope but deceiving?
He may live without love--what is passion but pining?
But where is the man that can live without dining?"
By Owen Meredith

There is no indigestion worse than that of trying to eat your own words.

We do not know how inexpensive the seeds of happiness are or we should scatter them oftener.

Little acts of kindness are stowed away in the heart like bags of lavender in a drawer to sweeten every object around them.

Strive always to be like a good watch--open face, busy hands, pure gold, week regulated, full of good works.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

TURKEY SUPPER RING

I found this recipe in an old 1975 magazine but just because it's old doesn't mean it isn't good!

4 tbsp flour
2 cups milk
4 tbsp butter

Melt the butter in a medium hot skillet. Add the flour and milk, cook until smooth.

2 cups diced leftover turkey
3 bouillon cubes
1 can fried Chinese noodles
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup slivered blanched almonds

Blend the above ingredients together with the butter mixture. Bake in a greased ring pan or ovenproof mold at 350 degrees for 60 minutes or until done. Remove from pan and fill center with cooked vegetables.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

APPLE SPICE CAKE

This is an old newspaper clipping from the Bedford Daily Times Mail of Bedford, Indiana. The clipping doesn't say but I imagine the recipe was in an "Appleacres" ad. Appleacres is a local business there that specializes in apples.

Mix together 2 cups chopped apples, 1 cup sugar and let stand for 15 minutes.
Add:
1 egg
1 cup flour
1/2 cup nuts
1/2 cup raisins
pinch of salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp soda
1/2 stick butter

Mix all together, pour into a greased pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Delicious!

EASY TACO DINNER

This was on an old newspaper clipping in my mother's recipe box. I have no idea where she got it. But it is good and easy, as the name states.

1 lb ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 envelope (1 1/4 oz) taco seasoning mix
1 cup water
1 pkg (12 oz) tortilla chips
1/2 head lettuce, shredded
2 med tomatoes, chopped
1 can (2 1/4 oz) sliced ripe olives, drained
1 cup shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (about 4 oz)
2/3 cup sour cream

Cook and stir ground beef and onion in a 10-inch skillet until beef is light brown, drain well. Stir in seasoning mix and water. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Spoon beef mixture onto the chips. Top with the remaining ingredients.

Yield 6 servings