Sunday, September 30, 2012


For some reason I seem to be on a salad theme recently.  All these old recipes are in boxes and big manila envelopes.  I post them as a get one out to use it or just post the next one in the box.  Seems to have been a lot of salad ones lately.  Tomorrow I will try to post something besides a salad!

A #2 1/2 can is the regular-sized can of fruit although the way the manufacturers keep cutting back on size to trick us, they might have held a little more.

1 #2 1/2 can apricots, cut up
1 #2 1/2 can crushed pineapple
2 cups hot water
2 packages (4-serving sizes) orange gelatin
1 cup juice (from apricots and pineapple combined for 1 cup)
3/4 cup miniature marshmallows

Drain the cans of fruit saving juices.  Combine the juices.  Prepare the gelatin using the hot water and the cup of combined juices; let cool.  Add the fruit and the marshmallows.  Pour into a ring mold.

1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 egg, beaten
1 cup remaining fruit juices
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup cream
3/4 cup grated American cheese

In a saucepan cook the sugar, flour, egg, and juices over low heat until thickened. Remove from the heat and add butter and cool.  Whip the cream and mix with the cooled sugar mixture.  Spread on jello and top with cheese.

Friday, September 28, 2012


This old 1950s recipe of my late mother's came with the following note: "This is not only a good Holiday Salad, but is delightful whether it is served in December or July."

First Layer:
1 pkg. gelatin, unflavored
1 tbs. lemon juice
1 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
Green pepper (cut in leaves shapes)
pimientoes (cut into flower shapes)
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup hot water

Soften gelatin in the cold waterl add the hot water and salt.  Stir until gelatin dissolves completely.  Add the lemon juice and cream cheese mixing until smooth.  Pour 3 tablespoons of mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch mold.  Press green pepper leaves and pimiento flowers in design in bottom of mold.  Chill until firm, then add remaining gelatin mixture and chill.

Second Layer:
4 cups tomato juice
1 tbs. onion, chopped
1 tsp. salt
dash of cayenne pepper, optional
2 pkgs. gelatin, unflavored
1/2 cup cold water
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 cup celery, chopped

Combine tomato juice, onion, salt, and cayenne in saucepan.  Bring to a simmer and simmer for 15 minutes.  Remove from heat. 

Soften the gelatin in the cold water. Add Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, softened gelatin, and the celery to the tomato juice mixture.  Cool and pour over the chilled first layer.  Chill until the gelatin is completely set.  Unmold onto a plate that is covered with lettuce leaves.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Thursday, September 27, 2012


This is a recipe my late mother clipped from an article in her local hometown newspaper probably in the 60s.  Even though it is not currently the Lenten season as the article states, I thought I would share this clipping since it is still clear enough to read in the picture.  To enlarge, click on the picture.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


This old recipe is from one of my late mother's 1950s newspaper clippings.  The clipping was so faded the picture was not readable for posting.

2 eggs, beaten
1 tbs. vinegar
4 tbs. sugar
2 tbs. butter
1 cup cream, whipped
Put eggs in double boiler, add vinegar and sugar stirring constantly until thick and smooth.  Remove from fire, add butter and cool.  When cold, fold in whipped cream and the following mixture:
2 cups white cherries
2 cups pineapple, drained
2 oranges, diced
2 cups marshmallows
Turn into a mold and put into refrigerator for 24 hours.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


1 pkg. Philadelphia cream cheese
1 6 oz. jar Kraft pimento cheese
2 tbsp. parsley flakes
2 tbsp. mince onions
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp. chopped pecans (may substitute finely chopped dried beef)

Mix all ingredients together; form into ball and refrigerate until mixture sets up.  Remove ball from refrigerator and roll in chopped pecans until covered.  Keep cool until served.

Monday, September 24, 2012


This is another recipe from the large collection of my late mother.  This little General Mills flyer was dated 1971.  Since it is Fall, the time of year traditionally thought of "Pumpkin Time," I thought this would be the appropriate time to share it.  Remember, however, that pumpkin is very healthy and should be part of your diet year-round!

Click on the picture and it will enlarge so you can read it.

Friday, September 21, 2012


This recipe is from an old Better Homes and Gardens Booklet "cooking with HERBS and SPICES dated 1967.

3 to 4 sprigs parsley
1 medium bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
2 or 3 sprigs celery leaves

Place all ingredients in tea ball or cheesecloth bag.

This is a classic seasoning for sauces, stews, soups, etc.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

1960s Butterfudge Mallow Cake from Betty Crocker

This is a recipe from an old recipe insert my late mother got in a bag of Gold Medal Flour in the 1960s.  The cake is chocolate with a butterscotch filling and a marshmallow frosting.

You can click on the pictures to enlarge for better reading of the recipes.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


This sweet and spicy spread is great when mixed with cheeses and served with whole-grain crackers as snacks, appetizers, etc.  Also good served with hot buttered biscuits.

2 jars (18-oz each) strawberry preserves
1 jar (12-oz) pickled jalapeno pepper slices, well drained

Place the preserves and the pepper slices in the bowl of a food processor; pulse until peppers are finely chopped. 

Divide the processed mixture into half-pint or jelly jars, cover, and store in the refrigerator.

Serve as in on hot biscuits.

To serve as party foods:
1 block (8-oz) softened cream cheese
8 oz finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup strawberry jalapeno spread

Combine the cheeses in a medium bowl and beat until well blended.  Place in serving dish.  Spoon the spread over the cheese and serve with crackers.

To give as gifts, tie a pretty ribbon or bow around the neck of jars of spread and give the the above instructions for serving.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cup vegetable oil (healthy update - use canola oil)
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 can Milnot
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
4 tbsp poppy seeds

Sift the flour and baking soda into a large bowl.  Add the remaining ingredients.  Grease 2 loaf pans.  Fill each 2/3s full.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes until done.

Monday, September 17, 2012


I found this list in an old church cookbook.  It lists quantities needed for serving 100 people.  I thought it interesting that it stated to serve 50 divide by 2 and to serve 25 divide by 4.  Evidently they didn't think women were very good in math!

  • 3 lbs coffee
  • 3 quarts cream
  • 4 pints whipping cream
  • 6 gallons milk
  • 2 1/2 gallons fruit cocktail
  • 5 gallons soup
  • 25 lbs weiners
  • 40 lbs ham
  • 30-36 lbs hamburger
  • 35 lbs potatoes
  • 5 gallon baked beans
  • 10 loaves bread
  • 3 lbs butter
  • 12 quarts potato salad
  • 18 pies
  • 8 cakes
  • 4 gallons ice cream
  • 3 lbs cheese
  • 2 quarts pickles
  • 3 lbs assorted nuts

Sunday, September 16, 2012


1 can cherry pie filling
1 box white cake mix
1 stick butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Pour the pie filling into an 8-inch square baking pan or dish; pour the cake mix over the pie filling.  Cut the butter into thin slices and place over the cake mix. 

Bake cake at 375 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.

Thursday, September 13, 2012


1 box strawberry cake mix with pudding
1 cup chopped toasted pecans
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
2 pkgs (8-oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup strawberry jam

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the cake mix and pecans in a medium mixing bowl.  Drizzle the butter over the mixture and stir until combined well.  Press the mixture over the bottom of a lightly greased 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking pan.

In a medium to large mixer bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth; spread over the crust.

Process jam in a food processor or blender until smooth.  Pipe the jam across the filling lengthwise approximately 1-inch apart.  Using a butter knife, cut through jam gently, moving knife slightly side to side cutting through the filling mixture going crosswise on the filling. This will make almost a squares look.

Bake bars at 350 degrees for 18 to 23 minutes until edges start to brown and the center is set.  Allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack.  Cover and chill for at least 2 hours until firm.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


As a child growing up in Southern Indiana during the late 40s and the 50s, our most common snack food was popcorn.  Popcorn plain, popcorn with butter, popcorn balls, and popcorn mixtures, I think we ate it every way we could think of.  Here is a great popcorn-nut mix perfect for everything from watching TV to tailgating.

Approximately 16 cups unsalted popped popcorn
3 cups pecan halves (great toasted but plain is okay, too)
1 1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds, toasted
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups butter
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract

Lightly grease a large roasting pan; combine popcorn, and both nuts in the pan.

Butter the sides of a large heavy-duty Dutch oven or stockpot. Combine the sugar, butter, corn syrup, water, and salt in the buttered pan.  Cook over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly.  Using a pastry brush dipped in hot water, brush sugar crystals on sides of pan back down into the mixture.  Attach a candy thermometer being careful it does not touch the bottom of the pan.

Increase the heat under the pan to medium and bring mixture to a boil.  Cook, without stirring, to a soft-crack stage (170 to 190 degrees).  To test mixture, place about a half-teaspoon of the mixture into ice water.  It should form hard threads but will soften when removed from the water.  Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla.

Pour the mixture over the popcorn mixture stirring to coat well.  Spread out on greased aluminum foil.  Using two greased forks, break mixture into small pieces.  Allow to cool completely.

Popcorn-nut mix may be stored, once it has cooled completely, in an airtight container.

Yield: About 2 dozen cups mixture.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Remember when we used to make all our stuffing from scratch and then "Stove Top" stuffing mix came along?  We were so excited when we discovered opening a box and wa-la, stuffing!  Here is one of my older recipes for taking advantage of stuffing "in a box."

1 turkey (approximately 12 to 16 lbs)
3 boxes (6-oz each) stuffing mix (for chicken or turkey)
1 1/2 sticks butter
4 1/2 cups very hot water
2 large apples, cored and chopped
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Clean turkey by removing any innards stuffed inside; wash and pat dry with paper towels.

In a large bowl, combine the vegetable/seasoning packets from the 3 boxes of stuffing mix with the butter; add the water and stir just enough to about halfway melt the butter.  Add the stuffing crumbs, apples, and pecans; stir just until moistened.

Lightly (do not hard pack) stuff the neck and body cavities of the turkey with the stuffing.  Twist the wing tips under the back of the turkey and place turkey in roasting pan, breast side up.

Roast in 325 degree oven for 4 to 4 1/2 hours (depending on size of turkey) or until a meat thermometer reads 10 degrees and turkey is tender.  During the last hour of baking, brush with pan juices or melted butter 2 or 3 times.  If turkey starts to get too brown, make a loose foil tent to place over turkey.

Remove turkey from oven and let rest for 15 minutes or so before carving.  This will help the turkey to retain its juices.

Monday, September 10, 2012


This recipe clipping is one my late mother clipped from the local newspaper many years ago.  I thought it interesting that the author was so entralled with this "new" dessert.  Today various versions of this recipe are common place.

Note: Click icon on recipe to enlarge for reading.

Sunday, September 9, 2012


1 tbsp salad oil (my update: use canola)
2 lbs boneless chicken breasts, skinned
1 medium onion, chopped
3/4 cup dried lentils, rinsed
1 can (14-oz) chicken broth
3 cups water
2 large tomatoes, seeded, diced
1 yellow squash, diced
2 carrots, pared and thinly sliced
1 green pepper, diced
1/2 tsp dried basil leaves

Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a Dutch oven.  Add the chicken and onion; saute 5 minutes, until browned.  Add the lentils, broth, and water.  Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.  Remove lid and add the remaining ingredients.  Bring to a boil and simmer 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.  Remove the chicken and shred; add back into the soup.

Yield: 6 servings.

Friday, September 7, 2012


Today I posted this recipe from my old-fashion recipe collection onto my Lady Bugs Sweet Treats blog.  You can get the recipe there for Old-Fashion Gingerbread with Sunshine Fluff.


1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/2 cup raisin bran cereal
1 cup milk
1 egg
1/3 cup canola oil
1 tsp grated orange rind
1 cup fresh cranberries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Lightly grease 12 muffin cups; set aside.

In a small mixing bowl combine the flour, both sugars, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, mix the cereal and milk together; let stand 3 minutes.  Stir mixture well then stir in the egg, oil, and orange rind.  Add the flour mixture and mix together just until moistened.  Fold in cranberries.

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling about 3/4s full.

Bake muffins at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Yield: 12 muffins
Note: I got the basics of this recipe years ago from Kraft Foods.

Thursday, September 6, 2012


This recipe is from a booklet put out years ago by a local dairy.

1 1/2 cups apple cider
2 tbsp unflavored gelatine
1/4 cup cider or salad vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups cooked ham, minced
1 cup cooked chicken, chopped
3 pimiento peppers, chopped
1 medium dill pickle, chopped
1 pint cream, whipped

Combine gelatine and vinegar, let set 5 minutes.  Heat cider and stir in softened gelatine, stirring until getatine dissolves.  Cool until mixture is consistency of unbeaten egg white.  Add salt and balance of ingredients, including whipped cream.  Turn into large fancy, or individual molds.  Chill until firm. Serve with 1000 Island or French dressing. 10 portions.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


This recipe is from a 1958 small cookbook put out by Good Housekeeping  titled Good Housekeeping's AROUND THE WORLD Cook Book.  If you follow my blog you know my mother left me quite a recipe collection.  This is one of the books I found in one of her boxes of recipes.  I have never made this recipe and if my mother did, I didn't taste it.  I cannot swallow chicken but my dad and sister loved chicken and my mother ate it sometimes.

Pastry for two-crust pie
2 cups cooked rice
1/4 lb crumbled crisp bacon
2 cups sliced cooked or canned chicken
1 No. 303 can cream-style corn
1/2 teasp. salt
1/4 teasp. pepper

Start heating oven to 400 degrees.  Line deep, fluted 9" pie plate with half of pastry.  Arrange, in layers, rice, bacon bits, sliced chicken, corn; sprinkle with half the salt and half the pepper. Repeat the layers. Adjust top crust; make several slits in crust; brush with cream.  Bake about 30 minutes or till golden.

Makes 6 servings
This is a picture of the first page inside the booklet.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 sticks butter or margarine (1 each works great)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cream of tartar

In mixer bowl, beat the powdered sugar and butter until light and fluffy.  Blend in the egg and vanilla.

Combine the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar in a bowl; add to the sugar/butter mixture, mixing well.

Divide the dough into thirds and flatten each third to a 1-inch thickness.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
On a lightly floured surface, roll a third of the dough to 1/8-inch thickness.  Using a knife or cookie cutters, cut into desired shapes with 2-inch cookie cutters.  Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheets. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Bake cookies 7 to 8 minutes or until the bottoms are light brown and the tops are pale.  Cool completely on wire racks before decorating with the icing below.

Yield: Approximately 72 cookies.

3 cups powdered sugar
4 to 5 tablespoons milk
few drops of food coloring, your choice of color

In a mixing bowl, mix the powdered sugar and 4 tablespoons of the milk until well blended and smooth.  Add additional drops of milk, if needed to make of piping consistency.

Yield: 1 1/3 cups of icing

Monday, September 3, 2012


4 cups uncooked medium-size shell macaroni
3 cups cooked chicken, julienned
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup sliced radishes
1 small green bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup minced onion
1/2 cup blue cheese salad dressing
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp tarragon
1 tsp seasoned salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Prepare shell macaroni according to the package directions; drain. 

In a large bowl combine the macaroni, chicken, celery, radishes, bell pepper, and onion.

In a small bowl combine the salad dressing, sour cream, tarragon, seasoned salt, and pepper to blend well.  Stir dressing into the salad mixture tossing to coat well.  Cover and chill before serving.
Yield: 6 to 8 servings.

Saturday, September 1, 2012


This is a recipe that was served many years ago at a sorority meeting in my hometown when I was a kid.  It was so popular the recipe was printed in the newspaper so the lady who made it (Mrs. West)could share it with everyone.

1 cup raw cranberries, ground
1 cup sugar
1 pkg lemon gelatin
1 cup hot water
1 cup crushed pineapple, drain and save syrup
1 cup pineapple syrup
1/2 cup English walnut pieces
1 cup chopped celery

Combine ground cranberries and sugar.  Dissolve gelatin in hot water; add the syrup.  Chill until partially set.  Add the cranberry mixture, pineapple, walnuts, and celery.  Pour into an oiled 9-inch square pan or dish.  Chill until firm.  Cut in squares.  Serve on crisp lettuce leaves or curly endive.  Pass the mayonnaise cream - recipe below.

Mayonnaise Cream
With rotary or electric beater, whip 1 cup marshmallow creme,1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon orange juice until blended.  Stir in 1/4 cup mayonnaise.  Chill before serving.