Thursday, September 30, 2010


This old recipe is from a church in Montgomery, Alabama during the 1950s.

3 sticks butter
1 box brown sugar (1 lb)
1 cup granulated sugar
5 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts

Cream butter with the brown sugar and the granulated sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time mixing after each addition. Sift the flour and baking powder and add alternately to the sugar mixture with the milk. Add the vanilla and stir in the chopped nuts. Bake at 325 degrees for one hour and 15 minutes.

Note: The recipe doesn't specify the pan for baking. My opinion is a lightly greased tube pan works best.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


1 cup sugar
1 cup dark corn syrup
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 tbsp soda (that's baking soda)

Combine sugar, syrup, and vinegar in a saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly. Cover pan for one minute until crystals wash down from sides. Cook until candy thermometer reads 300 degrees. Remove from heat and stir in the soda. Put in a 9 x 9 x 2-inch greased pan. Cool. Break into pieces and store with foil between pieces.

Monday, September 27, 2010


Another old Hoosier recipe.

2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup butter
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp grated orange peel
3/4 cup orange juice
1 1/2 cup light raisins
1 1/2 cup cranberries, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan and set aside.

Into a large mixing bowl sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly. Add the egg, orange peel and orange juice to the flour mixture, stirring just until the mixture is moist. Gently fold in the raisins and cranberries.

Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let sit for a minute or two then remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.


In our recent poll question, "Which of these Fall fruits do you prefer?", 86% of you chose apples over pears.

Friday, September 24, 2010


This is another old recipe from my days growing up in Indiana.

1 1/2 cups milk
1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tbsp sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup cooking oil

Heat the milk to lukewarm. Beat the egg with a rotary mixer until soft peaks form. Stir in the warm milk. Sift the dry ingredients together; fold into the egg mixture adding in three additions. Fold oil slightly into the mixture. Drop from the tip of the spoon onto hot, lightly greased griddle. When pancakes puff to a half-inch thickness and bubbles begin to break the surface, turn and cook on the other side. Serve with butter and warm syrup.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Another old recipe from my childhood in Southern Indiana.

4 lbs spareribs
1 cup water
1 cup catsup
1/2 tsp salt*
1/3 cup vinegar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 medium onion, sliced
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp mustard
1 tsp paprika

Place ribs in a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook until almost tender. Drain the ribs and place them in a shallow baking pan.

In a saucepan combine the water, catsup, salt, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and paprika. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add the sliced onion. Spoon the mixture over the ribs and bake uncovered for about 45 minutes at 30 degrees. Baste often while baking.

Saturday, September 18, 2010


Another old Southern Indiana Recipe from the days of my youth--too many years ago!

3/4 cup honey
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter
1 egg
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnmon
1/2 tsp soda
2 cups uncooked oats
1 cup seedless raisins

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease cookie sheets.

Cream the honey, sugar, butter and egg together. Sift the flour, salt, cinnamon, and flour together; stir into the creamed mixture. Add the oats and raisins, stir in. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the greased cookie sheets. Bake on the upper shelf of the oven for 12 to 14 minutes at 375 degrees. Cookies should be lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.

Makes 4 dozen cookies.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


This is an old recipe from my husband's late Aunt Elsa.

1 1/2 cups apples, peeled and sliced
4 cups green tomatoes, sliced
1 1/2 cup raisins
1 1/2 cup pecans
2 heaping tsp all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp lemon juice or vinegar
dash salt
cinnamon to taste
nutmeg to taste
double crust pie pastry

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Mix the apples, green tomatoes, raisins, and pecans together in a large saucepan. Add the flour, sugars, water, lemon juice or vinegar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cook over low to medium heat bringing to a boil. Line a 9-inch pie plate with a sheet of pastry. Pour the cooked mixture into the pastry lined pan. Top with another sheet of pastry, sealing edges together. Poke holes to ventilate. Bake at 425 degrees for 35 minutes or until lightly browned.

Friday, September 10, 2010


Another old recipe from my early years growing up in Southern Indiana.

4 oz fine noodles
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup catsup
1 jar sliced mushrooms
2 tsp salt
1 can tomatoes
1/4 tsp pepper
1 lb ground beef
2 cups sliced celery

Cook the noodles in salted water just until tender while you are frying the ground beef and onion in a large skillet. When the meat is browned and the onion is tender, drain off the fat. Stir in the noodles, celery,catsup, drained mushrooms,tomatoes, salt and pepper. Cover pan and simmer for 30 to 35 minutes.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Have had this recipe for so long, I don't know who gave it to me.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup oil
2 tbsp milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the flour, salt, and sugar in the pie pan, mix with a fork. Add the milk to the oil and stir together. Pour over the flour mixture and stir with the fork until well mixed and crumbly. Press evenly in the pan to form a shell. Use as any other pie crust. Fill and bake or bake and fill for cream pies. To use for fruit pies, save back part of the crumbs and sprinkle over the filling and bake as any other fruit pie. Baking time is till crust is brown, about 30 to 35 minutes.

Saturday, September 4, 2010


My maiden name is Sowders, so you can see I have German roots. This is an old German recipe.

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
6 large apples, pared and cored
2/3 cup heavy cream
1 egg
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup finely ground almonds

In a large covered skillet, combine the 1/2 cup of granulated sugar with the water. Arrange the apples in the liquid and simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes or until apples are just tender. Remove the apples from the liquid and refrigerate them. Just before serving: Heat the heavy cream to lukewarm. Beat the egg until thick then gradually beat in the 1/3 cup of sugar and the lukewarm cream. Add the ground almonds. Pour over the apples.

Yields six servings.