Friday, July 31, 2009

OLD FASHION BAKED BARBECUED CHICKEN

This is a recipe from an old community cookbook.

1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup catsup
1/3 cup water
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp mustard
salt and pepper
3 lb broiler, cut up

In a large skillet, brown chicken in the oil. Place the brown chicken in a baking dish. Add the onion and celery to the chicken drippings in pan; cook until tender. Add the catsup, water, lemon juice, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper to taste. Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes. Skim off any excess fat. Pour sauce over the browned chicken. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 1 hour. Baste with sauce three or four times during baking.

CABBAGE SALAD WITH COOKED DRESSING

This recipe is from the community where I attended school as a child.

1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp all-purpose flour
5 tbsp pineapple juice
3 tbsp cider vinegar

In a small saucepan, combine all the above ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

1 small head of cabbage
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained

Shred cabbage and pat dry with paper towels. Add the marshmallows and pineapple. Toss mixture with the cooled dressing until well coated.

EVAN'S PINEAPPLE CHEESE BALL

This is an old Hoosier recipe.

2 8-oz pkgs cream cheese, softened
1 can crushed pineapple, drained
2 cups chopped pecans, divided
1/4 green onion, finely chopped, optional
2 tsp finely chopped onion
1/2 tsp garlic salt

Reserve one cup of the chopped pecans; set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine all the remaining ingredients. Use hands to mix well. Shape mixture into 2 balls. Rolls balls in the reserved pecans. Chill until serving time. May be store in the refrigerator for a few days if wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or tightly sealed in a zip-top plastic bag.

HOT RELISH

Another old Southern Indiana recipe.

12 hot peppers
12 green tomatoes
12 cups red and/or green bell peppers
12 onions
3 cups sugar
3 tsp salt
2 cups cider vinegar

Grind vegetables. (In today's modern kitchen this can be done with a food processor.) Place in a large colander and run water over the mixture for 5 minutes.

Bring the sugar, vinegar, and salt to a boil in a saucepan. Place the vegetable mixture in a large saucepan or a stockpot. Pour the boiling sugar mixture over the vegetable mixture. Cook over medium heat until very hot but not to a hard boil, stirring occasionally. Place in pint jars, attach canning lids and seals tightly. Be sure jars seal (they should make a popping sounds and/or the center of the lid will indent slightly.)

Makes 6 pints.

CROCKPOT CHILI CHEESE DIP

This recipe is from an old church in Southern Indiana.

1 lb hamburger
8-oz can green chilies
1 tsp chili powder
1 lb Velveeta cheese
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Cut cheese into small pieces. Brown hamburger in a skillet and drain well. Put all ingredients together in a crockpot, stir to blend and cook for at least an hour. If dip seems too thin, make a paste of 2 tablespoons flour whisked into 3 tbsp water. Add to the dip and whisk to blend.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

POTATO AU GRATIN WITH SPAM

This recipe is from an old church cookbook.

6 to 8 large potatoes
1 can Spam
3/4 tall can evaporated milk
1 stick butter, cut into pieces
1 large onion
1 pint sour cream
2 large pkg. shredded cheddar cheese

Chop the potatoes, onion, and Spam into fine pieces. (Use a food processor, if you have one.) Add the sour cream, milk, 1 package of the cheese, and the butter. Mix the ingredients together. Pour the mixture into a greased 9x13-inch baking pan. Sprinkle the second package of cheese over the top of the mixture. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for approximately 1 1/2 hours.

CALIFORNIA FRESH APPLE CAKE

This old recipe is from West Covina, California.

4 cups coarsely diced apples
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cooking oil
1 cup chopped nuts
2 eggs, well beaten
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix apples and sugar thoroughly. Add the oil, nuts, eggs, and vanilla. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; add to the apple mixture. Combine mixture well. Pour mixture into a greased 9x13x2-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until cake shrinks from the edge of the pan. Decrease heat to 250 degrees if you use a glass pan.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

BUTTERMILK POUND CAKE

This recipe is from an old cookbook of the Christian Churches. This recipe was submitted from North Carolina.

3 sticks margarine
2 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 1/2 cups flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp lemon flavoring
1 tsp vanilla extract

Cream margarine and sugar until light; add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix the soda, salt, and flour together well. add flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Stir in the lemon flavoring and vanilla extract. Pour batter into a lightly greased and floured tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Yield: 20 servings.

VIRGINIA'S DEVILED EGGS

This recipe is from an old Monroe County, Indiana church cookbook.

6 hard boiled eggs
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp prepared mustard
1/8 tsp salt
dash of pepper
paprika for garnish

Cut eggs in half lengthwise; remove the yolks to a small mixing bowl and mash with a fork. Blend the mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper into the mashed eggs. Mix until well blended. Refill the egg whites with the mixture. Sprinkle paprika on top for garnish.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

SPANISH RICE CASSEROLE

1 lb bulk sausage
1 1/2 cups uncooked rice
1 onion, chopped
2 beef bouillon cubes
2 cups boiling water
1 can tomatoes
3 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
5 slices bacon, cut-up

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook sausage until brown; crumble and drain. Combine rice and onion; brown lightly in reserved drippings. Dissolve bouillon in boiling water. Combine sausage, rice mixture, bouillon, tomatoes, chili powder and garlic powder; mix well.
Spoon mixture into a greased casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Place bacon over the rice and bake another 35 minutes.

SWEET CREAM BISCUITS

2 cups sifted flour
1 cup sweet cream
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp butter
2 tsp baking powder

Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Cut in the butter. Add cream and mix quickly. Roll out dough on floured surface and cut with biscuit cutter. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes.

Jean's Broccoli Salad

This recipe is from an old Hoosier cookbook.

1 bunch fresh broccoli, washed, drained, and chopped
1 cup black olives, sliced
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
1/2 cup green bell peppers, chopped
3/4 cup mayonnaise
4 hard boiled eggs, chopped

In a large bowl, combine broccoli, olives, green onions and bell peppers. Add the mayonnaise and mix to blend. Add the chopped eggs and fold into the salad mixture. Refrigerate until serving time.

HOT CHEESE BALLS

This old recipe is from the community where I grew up in Southern Indiana.

2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup flour
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp paprika

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grate cheese and bring to room temperature. Add butter, flour, salt, mustard, and paprika. Roll into balls the size of marbles. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Serve hot.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

GOLDEN CRUMB BROCCOLI CASSEROLE

This recipe is an old Southern Indiana church recipe.

6 cups cut-up broccoli
1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tbsp pimento, cut up
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/3 cup Ritz crackers, crushed into crumbs

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a saucepan barely cover broccoli with salted water. Cook about 10 minutes. Drain broccoli and place in a casserole dish. Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over the broccoli. Top with cracker crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

CRISPY COUNTRY CHICKEN

This is an old recipe from a grocery store flyer.

1/2 cup mayo type salad dressing
1 tsp dried oregano
1 broiler-fryer (3 to 3 1/2 lbs), cut-up
1 cup crushed corn flakes cereal
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Mix salad dressing and oregano is a small bowl; brush the chicken with the mixture.

Mix the corn flake crumbs, cheese, garlic salt and pepper. Coat the chicken with the cereal mixture. Place chicken in a very lightly greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan or dish.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until the chicken is cooked through.

Modern version: Substitute about 2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts halves for the broiler-fryer. Bake only about 30 to 35 minutes.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

ELIZABETH'S AMISH RHUBARB CAKE

1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups fresh rhubarb
1/2 tsp salt

Combine shortening, brown sugar, and egg. Beat till light and fluffy. Combine baking soda, salt, and flour together. Add the flour mixture to the shortening mixture. Fold the rhubarb into the mixture, alternately with the buttermilk. Mix well. Pour into a greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Serve topped with whipped cream, if desired.

PINEAPPLE ORANGE SQUARES

This is an old recipe from Kraft Foods.

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup coconut
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 tbsp brown sugar
1-quart vanilla ice cream
8-oz cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 can (8 1/4-oz) crushed pineapple, drained
Pineapple slices, optional

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, coconut, butter and brown sugar. Spread the mixture evenly in an 8 x 8-inch square baking pan or dish. Press onto the bottom of the pan to form a firm, even crust. Bake at 325 degrees for about 20 minutes or until golden. Cool.

While crust bakes, stir ice cream to soften. Beat cream cheese and orange juice concentrate until fluffy. Add ice cream by spoonfuls, beating until smooth after each addition. Stir in the crushed pineapple. Spoon mixture into the prepared crust. Freeze for 8 hours or overnight. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with pineapple slices, if desired.

Yields 9 squares

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

OLD FASHION BLACKBERRY CAKE

This is an old newspaper clipping from my mother-in-law's old recipe files.

3 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups lard or shortening
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
2 cups blackberries, crushed
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda

Combine the eggs, sugar, shortening, cinnamon and cloves in a large mixing bowl. Beat mixture until well blended. Add the flour, baking powder and baking soda along with the blackberries. Mix well. Pour the batter into a greased square pan. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.

HONEY BBQ SHREDDED PORK

This is a recipe that won awards years ago for the Pennsylvania Beekeepers Association.

1 pork shoulder or picnic roast (remove visible fat)
1 1/4 cups ketchup
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup honey
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp white vinegar
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp dry mustard
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
Crusty rolls for serving

Place pork roast in a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Combine remaining ingredients, except rolls. Pour mixture over the roast. Cover pan with foil and place in a preheated 300 degree oven for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Shred the meat using two forks. Remove all the bone and skin. Stir meat with the sauce and serve in crusty rolls.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

GRANDMA'S APPLE DUMPLINGS

This is an old recipe I found in my mother-in-laws recipes.

Makes 6 dumplings.

Enough pastry for a 2-crust pie
6 medium tart apples (Jonathan's)
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
3 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp butter
Mix together enough sugar and cinnamon to fill the apple cavities.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

On a floured surface, roll pastry thin and cut into 7-inch squares. Pare and core each apple. Boil together the sugar, water, 3 tablespoons butter, and cinnamon for 3minutes. Place an apple on each square of pastry. Fill cavities of apples with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Dot each with the tablespoon of butter. Bring opposite points of pastry up over apple. Overlap, moisten and seal. Lift carefully, place a little apart in a baking dish. Pour the hot syrup around dumplings. Bake 40 to 45 minutes at 425 degrees until apples are tender and crust is nicely browned.

AMISH CHICKEN LOAF

This is a recipe from the late E. Coblentz, The Amish Cook

1 chicken (about 4 lb) cooked and cubed
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups uncooked rice
2 cups milk
2 cups bread cubes
4 eggs
salt to taste
pepper to taste
2 cups diced celery

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an oblong baking dish or pan.

Stir and mix all the ingredients together. Spoon into the baking dish and form into a loaf. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until a knife inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Serve in slices. Feeds quite a few people (about 20).

Monday, July 20, 2009

CHILI LASAGNA

This is an old recipe I got from a Home-Economics teacher many years ago.

1 pkg lasagna noodles
1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 can diced tomatoes with the juice
1/4 cup chili powder
3 8-oz cans tomato sauce
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp blackpepper
1 pkg (8-oz) cheese slices, cut into strips

Cool lasagna noodles according to the package directions and drain well.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Saute beef, bell pepper, and onion in a skillet for 10 minutes or until the beef is browned and the veggies are crisp tender. Drain. Return mixture to the pan and add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Stir and set aside. In a 13 x 9-inch baking pan, arrange a layer of lasagna noodles. Put a layer of the meat mixture then a layer of cheese over the noodles. Repeat the layers, ending with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until heated through and bubbly.

COPPER COIN SALAD

This is a recipe from my husband's Aunt Norma.

2 lbs carrots, sliced
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1 can tomato soup
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp prepared mustard
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup salad oil
1/4 cup vinegar

Cook carrots in salted water until tender. Cool. Mix carrots, onion, and green bell pepper together.

To make the dressing, whip the tomato soup, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, sugar, oil, and vinegar together to blend. Pour over the vegetables. Refrigerate overnight. Do not stir.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

FARMER'S LAYERED TACO SALAD

This is an old recipe from an Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. newsletter.

1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 pkt (1.25-oz) taco seasoning mix
1 can (15-oz) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups shredded lettuce
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 can ripe olives, drained and chopped
1 can (8-oz) tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups crushed corn chips
1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
Sour cream, optional
Salsa, optional

In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the onion. Drain mixture well. Sprinkle the taco seasoning mix over the meat and onion mixture. Stir in the kidney beans and the tomato sauce. Cook mixture over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

To assemble: In a large bowl make layers of lettuce, corn chips, meat mixture, ripe olives, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, and top with sour cream, if desired. Top with or serve with your favorite salsa, if desired.

GRACE'S HAWAIIAN SPARERIBS

This recipe is from an old rural electric co-op newsletter.

3 tbsp light brown sugar
3 tbsp corn starch
1 tsp salt
9-oz can crushed pineapple, including juice
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup catsup
1 tbsp soy sauce
3 to 5 lbs lean country-style ribs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, cook together the brown sugar, corn starch, salt, pineapple, vinegar, catsup and soy sauce. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes. Remove as much fat as possible from the ribs. In a large casserole dish or baking pan, layer ribs and sauce. Tightly cover pan or dish and bake at 350 degrees for 2 hours.

Friday, July 17, 2009

ZUCCHINI CHILES CASSEROLE

4 cups zucchini, sliced thin
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup green chiles, seeded and diced
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup biscuit baking mix (such as Bisquick)
1 tsp seasoned salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil an 8 x 8-inch baking pan or dish; set aside.

In a large bowl, stir together the zucchini, oil and eggs. Add the remaining ingredients, mixing well. Pour mixture into the prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. If browning too quickly, cover with aluminum foil. Cut into squares to serve.

CLASSIC MOLASSES OVEN BAKED BEANS

This old recipe is from a can label.

4 slices bacon
1 can (15-oz) pork & beans
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tbsp molasses
2 tbsp firmly packed brown sugar
1 tbsp prepared mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Fry bacon until crisp; drain well. Crumble bacon. In a 1-qt casserole dish, combine the crumbled bacon, pork & beans, onion, ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Bake at 350 degrees, uncovered, for 30 to 35 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Stir every 15 minutes.

Yield: 4 servings

Thursday, July 16, 2009

GRANDMA'S HOMEMADE YEAST ROLLS

This recipe is from my mother-in-law.

2 cups warm water (not hot)
2 pkgs dry yeast
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp salt
1/4 cup soft or liquid shortening
1 egg, beaten
6 1/2 to 7 cups flour

Put warm water in a mixing bowl and add yeast, sugar, salt, and egg; mix well. Add 4 cups of flour and mix with a large spoon. Gradually add remaining flour and mix by hand till mixture is neither sticky or dry. Cover with a clean dish cloth and allow to rise until double in size. Punch down the dough and make into rolls about 1 1/2-inches in diameter. Allow dough to rise again. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

MIZ ROWENA'S CHICKEN & MACARONI CASSEROLE

This recipe is from an old Southern Indiana newspaper clipping.

2 to 3 cups cubed chicken (or turkey) that's been cooked
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1 can cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
2 cups milk
1/2 lb Velveeta cheese, cubed
1/2 cup diced onion
4 hard-boiled eggs, optional

Mix all the ingredients together in a big bowl with a lid. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least half a day. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking time. Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan or dish. Spoon mixture into the pan and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour.

Note: Modern day advantage: You can melt the cheese in the milk in the microwave before mixing the ingredients.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

HELLMAN'S CLASSIC POTATO SALAD

1 cup Hellman's Real Mayonnaise
2 tbsp vinegar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/4 cup pepper
4 cups cooked, cubed, peeled potatoes (about 5 or 6)
1 cup sliced celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped

Combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, sugar, and pepper. Gently stir in the potatoes, celery, onion, and eggs. Cover and chill until serving time.  Serve on a bed of lettuce leaves, if desired.




CREAMY RICE MOLDED SALAD

This is an old recipe I found in my mother-in-law's things after she went to the nursing home.

2 envelopes (2 tbsp) unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
3 1/2 cups chicken broth
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp lemon juice

Soften gelatin in the water. Heat broth to boiling; add the softened gelatin and stir until dissolved. Add the mayonnaise and lemon juice; beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Chill mixture until partially set then whip until light and fluffy. Fold in the following ingredients:

1 cup whipping cream, whipped
2 1/2 cups cooked rice
3/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup sliced green onions

Pour the mixture into an 8 1/2 cup ring mold that has been very lightly oiled. Chill until firm.

Yield: 10 to 12 servings.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

RHUBARB BUTTER CRUNCH

This recipe is from an old yellowed newspaper clipping.

3 cups fresh finely chopped rhubarb
1 cup sugar
3 tbsp flour

TOPPING:

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup quick raw rolled oats
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix rhubarb, sugar, and flour; mix well and place in a greased baking dish.

Combine all the topping ingredients together and sprinkle over the rhubard mixture. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Best when served warm with whipped cream.

CLASSIC MACARONI SALAD

1 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp prepared mustard
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
8-oz elbow macaroni, cooked, drained
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped onion

In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, vinegar, prepared mustard,sugar, salt, and pepper with a wire whisk until combined. Stir in the macaroni, bell pepper, and onion. Mix well. Cover bowl and refrigerate until serving time.

Yield: about 5 cups

Thursday, July 9, 2009

TACO EGG SCRAMBLE

6 large eggs, beaten
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup chopped canned green chili peppers
1 tsp minced dried onion
couple splashes bottled hot sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2 tbsp butter
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
shredded lettuce
1 tomato, cut into wedges

In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, milk, chili peppers, onion, hot sauce, and salt; allow to stand for 1 minute. In a 10-inch skillet, melt the butter. Add the egg mixture to the skillet. Cook without stirring until the mixture begins to set. Lift and fold the partially cooked eggs with a spatula so the uncooked portion flows underneath. Stir in half the cheese. Cook 5 to 6 minutes more or until eggs are completely cooked. Serve on a bed of shredded lettuce topped with the remaining cheese and tomato wedges.

Yield: 4 servings

Note: This is a good dish for diabetics as each serving has only 5 g carbs but 22 g protein.

PINEAPPLE CHEESE BALL

2 pkgs (8-oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
2 cups chopped pecans, divided
1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
2 tbsp finely chopped onion
dash of salt, optional

Stir crushed pineapple into the cream cheese. Gradually add in 1 cup of the pecans, bell pepper, onion, and salt, if using. When mixture is well blended, form into a ball. Roll the ball in the remaining cup of pecans. Chill until serving time. Serve with an assortment of crackers and celery sticks.

AMISH CHOCOLATE CHIP SHEET CAKE

This recipe is from the late Elizabeth Coblentz who was an excellent Amish cook from Indiana.

1 3/4 cups sifted flour
2 tbsps cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup shortening
1 cup boiling water
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
6-oz chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped hickory nuts (or pecans)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 x2-inch baking pan; set aside.

Sift together flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla to the sugar mixture and beat thoroughly. Add the flour mixture and the water alternately mixing batter and beating smooth after each addition. Spoon into the prepared pan and spread batter evenly. Sprinkle the chocolate chips and the nuts over the top of the batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. There is no need to frost this cake; it is delicious as it is. You can, however, use your favorite frosting if desired. It is also good with a dollop of whipped cream on top.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

BAKED CHICKEN BREASTS

8 chicken breasts
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 1/4 cups milk
2 cups instant rice
1/2 envelope of dry onion soup mix

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Arrange chicken breasts, skin side up, in a greased oblong baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a medium bowl, whisk together both soups, milk and rice. Pour mixture over the chicken breasts. Sprinkle the dry soup mix over the top. Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake at 325 degrees for 2 hours.

APPLESAUCE GELATIN MOLD

This recipe is from an acquaintance of my mother's when I was a child.

1/2 cup red hot cinnamon candies
1 cup water
6-oz pkg raspberry gelatin
15-oz can applesauce
2 tbsp cider vinegar

In a small saucepan, cook the candies in water, stirring frequently, until melted. Empty gelatin into a bowl and add the candy water; stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Stir in the applesauce and vinegar. Pour mixture into a 6-cup gelatin mold and refrigerate until firm. To serve, remove from mold onto a serving plate and top with mayonnaise type salad dressing, if desired.

Option: Sprinkle chopped pecans over the top of the salad dressing.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

DRIED BEEF ROLLS

8-oz pkg cream cheese, softened
1 tbsp grated onion
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 pkgs sliced dried beef

In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, onion, garlic powder, milk, and mayonnaise. Blend mixture until it is of a thick spreading consistency. Separate the slices of dried beef and lay out. Spread the cream cheese mixture on the end of each beef slice; roll the beef up starting at the cheese end. Chill until serving time.

CARROT AND SWEET ONION RELISH

2 sweet onions, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
1 bay leaf
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1/3 cup water

In a medium-size bowl with a lid, combine all the ingredients and stir well. Place cover on the bowl. Refrigerate the relish at least overnight. Before serving, remove the bay leaf and drain the liquid.

This is a good relish to serve with poultry, fish, and pork.

Monday, July 6, 2009

COMMUNITY CHICKEN A LA KING

I call this "Community" Chicken A La King because it is from the community where I went to school (yes, I am old--1st thru 12th grade in one building and no kindergarten).

1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup shredded green bell pepper
1/4 cup diced onion
4 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
2 egg yolks
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups diced cooked chicken
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp paprika

Saute mushrooms, bell pepper, and onion in butter. Add the salt and flour to the mushroom mixture and blend. Blend the egg yolks with a small amount of the broth and add to the vegetable mixture. Add remaining broth and milk gradually, stirring constantly, and cook until sauce thickens. Add chicken and paprika. Place over hot water and cook slowly for about 10 minutes. Serve over hot biscuits.

LIME CUCUMBER GELATIN SALAD

This recipe is from an old childhood acquaintance.

1 pkg (2.75-oz) lime gelatin
1 cup hot water
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp horseradish
1 cup salad dressing (mayo-type)
1 cup grated cucumber
1 tbsp grated onion

Dissolve gelatin in hot water, allow to cool and add vinegar, salad dressing and horseradish. Refrigerate and when slightly thickened, stir in the cucumber and onion. Chill until set.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

CRISPY ITALIAN CHICKEN

I've had this recipe so long I don't even remember where I got it.

2 cups Corn Chex cereal
2 cups Rice Chex cereal
2 tsp Italian seasoning blend
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp garlic salt
1/4 cup margarine, melted
3 lb skinless chicken pieces
Paprika

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a plastic bag, crush cereals together until the 4 cups are only 1 1/2 cups of crumbs. In a large shallow dish, combine the crushed cereal, Italian seasoning, parsley, and garlic salt. Place the margarine in a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan; roll the chicken in the margarine. Remove chicken and dredge in the cereal crumb mixture. Return the coated chicken to the baking pan. Sprinkle paprika over the chicken. Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until lightly browned.

6 servings: Approximate per serving = 316 calories, 17 g carbs, 28 g protein

Note: This is a good recipe for diabetics.

CORNMEAL BISCUITS

This recipe is from an old childhood friend.

2/3 cup yellow corn meal
2/3 cup milk
2/3 cup sifted flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup shortening

Soak cornmeal in milk for 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles dry corn meal. Add the cornmeal mixture and blend all together. Drop by teaspoonsful onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes until lightly browned.

Yield: 18 biscuits

PRUNE CAKE

1 box yellow cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 cup cooking oil
1/2 cup water
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup cut-up, pitted, uncooked prunes
1 cup chopped nuts
Your favorite lemon filling
Whipped cream

Cover prunes with boiling water and let sit for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a jellyroll pan; set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the eggs, oil, and water; mix thoroughly. Drain the prunes and add to the mixture. Pour mixture into the prepared pan and sprinkle the nuts over the batter. Bake about 35 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, at 350 degrees. Cool cake completely then cut in half crosswise. Place one piece on a serving plate. Cover the top with your favorite lemon filling. Pipe whipped cream around the top edge of the cake with a smaller circle of whipped cream in the center. Garnish with some nut halves, if desired. Also pipe whipped cream around the bottom edge of the cake, if desired.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

BANANA NUT FROSTING

1/2 cup mashed bananas
1 tsp lemon juice
1/3 cup butter or oleo
1 lb box powdered sugar
3 tbsp milk
1 cup coconut, toasted
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Combine the bananas and lemon juice; set aside. Beat butter or oleo until creamy; add the powdered sugar, bananas and milk, beating until fluffy. Add additional milk if necessary. Stir in coconut and pecans. Add a drop of liquid yellow food coloring, if desired. Use to frost your favorite white, yellow, or banana cake.

OLD FASHION LAYERED CASSEROLE

1/2 cup regular rice, uncooked
1 can whole kernel corn
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
2 cans (8-oz each) cans tomato sauce
3/4 tomato sauce can of water
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
3/4 lb ground beef, crumbled, browned, drained
4 strips bacon, cut in half
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, if desired

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a casserole dish, cover the bottom with the rice and add a layer of corn. Layer the ground beef over the corn; sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Layer the onion then bell pepper over the beef. Pour the tomato sauce and water over all. Layer the bacon over the top. Cover dish and bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour. Uncover and bake another 30 minutes. 10 minutes before end of cooking time, sprinkle with the cheddar cheese, if desired.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

STUFFED PEAR SALAD

18 gingersnaps, crushed
1/2 cup crushed pineapple, well drained
8-oz pkg cream cheese
2 tbsp mayonnaise
8 canned pear halves
8 lettuce leaves
1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans, optional

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the gingersnaps, pineapple, cream cheese, and mayonnaise. Place each pear half on a lettuce leaf on the serving platter. Stuff the pear halves with the gingersnap mixture and chill while preparing the remaining ingredients.

In the top of a double boiler, mix together the sugar, lemon juice, orange juice, and egg. Cook over hot water until thickened. Remove from heat and allow to cool. When the mixture is cooled, mix with the whipped cream. Pour over the stuffed pears before serving. Sprinkle tops with the finely chopped pecans, if desired.

LIME SHERBET PUNCH

An old recipe from my childhood. This recipe is for large crowds. One recipe of this punch will serve 125 people.

5 lbs sugar
2 gallon water
4 cans (46-oz each) pineapple juice
4 large cans frozen orange juice
4 bottles (2 liters each) ginger ale
1 gallon lime sherbet

In a Dutch oven or stockpot over medium heat, dissolve the sugar in the water. Bring mixture to a boil; remove from heat and allow to cool. Add the pineapple juice and orange juice; mix well. Chill punch thoroughly and also keep ginger ale in the refrigerator. Just before serving, stir in the ginger ale and add the sherbet.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

SAUSAGE AND ZUCCHINI CASSEROLE

This recipe is from the neighborhood where my school was located. (My elementary, junior high, and high all in one building!)

4 medium zucchini
1/2 lb sausage, crumbled, fried, and drained
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup fine bread crumbs
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1 beaten egg
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp pepper
Parmesan cheese for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Leave zucchini whole and cook in boiling water for 10 minutes. Remove zucchini from water and allow to cool enough to handle. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out the centers. Combine the sausage, onion, bread crumbs, tomato sauce, egg, salt, pepper, thyme, and oregano. Mix together well and stuff the zucchini with the mixture. Top with as much Parmesan cheese as desired. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

CRISCO'S BASIC BUTTERY BREAD DOUGH

1 pkg active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110-115 degrees)
1/2 cup warm milk " " "
1/4 cup Butter Flavored Crisco Shortening
1 egg
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour

In a large mixing bowl, combine the yeast and water. To the mixture, add the milk, shortening, egg, sugar, salt and 1 1/2 cups of the flour. Beat on low speed of an electric mixer for 3 minutes. Gradually mix in enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle.

On a well-floured board or flat surface, knead dough for 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Add additional flour to the board as needed during the kneading process. Shape the kneaded dough into a ball. Place in a greased bowl and turn dough over completely. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size. This will take about 1 hour. Punch down the dough and form into desired shape. (When making the dinner rolls, you may omit the kneading if you wish.)

To make a basic loaf: Form into a loaf. Place in a well greased 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until lightly browned. Yield: 1 loaf

To make pan rolls: Thoroughly grease a 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan. Divide dough into twenty pieces and shape pieces into balls. Place the balls in the prepared pan. Cover again with a kitchen towel and let rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes to an hour. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush tops of rolls with melted Butter Flavor Crisco. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan while warm. Yield: 20 rolls.

To make Herb Cheese Bread: 1 recipe of the basic dough above, 1 to 2 teaspoons dried basil leaves or dill weed, 1 1/2 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese. Mix the herbs and cheese into the dough with the last addition of the flour according to the main recipe. After kneading, shape the dough into a round shape. Place in a well-greased 1-quart round casserole dish. Turn dough over. Using a sharp knife, slash an X in the center of the top. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. This variation only lets dough rise once. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until a deep golden brown.