Thursday, November 16, 2017


This recipe is from an old PTA cookbook.

2 lbs carrots
3/4 to 1 stick butter, melted
1/2 lb Velveeta cheese, melted
1 tube Ritz crackers, crushed

Clean carrots, peel and slice. In a saucepan, cover the carrots with water, add salt to your taste, and boil carrots until soft; drain. Mix the butter and Velveeta cheese into the carrots. Pour into a very lightly greased baking dish. Top with the crushed crackers. Bake at 300 degrees until brown.

 Note: File Photo

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


This is an old recipe I got from a lady in Tennessee.

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup coarsely chopped apples
1egg, slightly beaten
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup chopped nuts

Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together; add apples. Add egg, milk and butter, mixing just enough to moisten. Put in buttered muffin tins. Mix topping ingredients and sprinkle on top of muffins. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

Note: File Photo

Monday, November 13, 2017


2  bricks (8-oz each) cream cheese
1 4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onion
6 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
5-oz green olives, drained and chopped

Mix all together, chill and serve.

Saturday, November 11, 2017


This was my late mother's recipe.

2 cups diced cooked chicken breast
2 cups diced celery
1/2 cup water chestnuts, sliced
2 tbsp chopped onion
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup mayonnaise
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 cups Rice
1 pkg (18-oz) grated cheese

Prepare rice according to package directions. Mix soup, mayonnaise, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Place in a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Sprinkle with crushed potato chips or Ritz cracker crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Note: File Photo


1 can (10 3/4 oz) Campbell's Condensed Cream of Mushroom soup
1/2 cup milk
1 cup frozen peas
2 cans (approximately 6-oz each) TUNA, drained and flaked
2 cups medium egg noodles, cooked and drained
2 tbsp dry bread crumbs
1 tbsp butter, melted

Combine the soup, milk, peas, tuna and noodles in a 1 1/2-quart casserole dish.

Bake are 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Stir.

Combine bread Crumbs and melted butter; sprinkle over casserole. Bake another 5 minutes or until golden brown.

Yield: Serves 4
 Note: File Photo

Friday, November 10, 2017


This recipe is from the 1950s at least, probably older. Read to the end. You will enjoy the explanations about lime juice!

1 cup syrup from canned pineapple tidbits
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup white dinner wine
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup pinapple tidbits
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 package lime gelatin
2 tablespoons lime juice
dash salt
1 cup finely cut celery
green food coloring

Heat pineapple syrup and water to simmering; add gelatin and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat. Add wine, lime juice, sugar and salt; stir to dissolve sugar. Tint mixture a deep green with food coloring, if desired. Cool, then chill. When mixture begins to thicken, fold in pineapple, celery, and nuts. Sp0oon into 6 individual molds that have been rinsed with cold water. Chill until firm. Unmold on crisp salad greens and serve with mayonnaise or a fruit salad dressing. (When fresh limes are not available, use the juice that comes in the plastic lime containers. These are on most produce counters. Lemon juice is also sold the same way.)

It is suggested this is a good salad for holiday meals.
 Note: File clip art. I do not have a photo of this recipe.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


This recipe is an old newspaper clipping--I have no idea what newspaper.

1 1/2 qts (6 cups) peeled, seeded, diced zucchini
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup evaporated milk
3/4 cup Ritz style cracker crumbs
6 tbsp melted butter or margarine
8-oz pkg shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Mix together all ingredients except one-half of the cheese. Pour mixture into a 9-inch square baking dish that has been lightly greased. Top with the remaining cheese. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes or until zucchini is tender and casserole is bubbly.

Note: The picture below is a file photo for reference only. It is not this exact recipe.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


1 lb cubed beef stew meat

2 Tbs. flour
1 Tbs fat (shortening or oil)
1 chopped onion
1 large potato that's peeled and cut into chunks
2 sliced carrots
1 turnip (cut into chunks)
1 beef bouillon cube
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 Tbs. flour
1/4 cup water
1 can peas, drained
1 can whole-kernel corn, drained
1 can cut green beans, drained

Toss the meat with the 2 Tbs. flour. Heat fat in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook, stirring often, until browned. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the potato, carrots, turnip, bouillon cube, spices and enough water to cover all. Put lid on Dutch oven and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 1 hour or until the meat is tender. Mix the 1/4 cup water with the 2 Tbs. flour and stir into the stew with the canned vegetables. Bring to a boil and cook a few minutes until thickened and heated through.

Garnish as desired.

Serves 6
File photo for reference only.

Friday, October 27, 2017


2 1/2 qts popped corn
1 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup white corn syrup
1 tsp baking soda

In a medium, heavy saucepan, mix together the butter, brown sugar, salt, and corn syrup. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches the soft ball stage. (When a drop of the mixture is dropped into cold water, it will form a soft ball.) Remove mixture from the heat and add the baking soda; mix well. Have corn spread of a cookie sheet with sides. Pour the mixture evenly over the corn. Bake in a slow oven at 250 degrees for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


This recipe is one my mother cut from a can of Hunt's Tomato Sauce when I was a child in the 1950s.

1 1-lb can chicken in gravy OR 1 10-oz can chicken a la king
1 8-oz can Hunt's Tomato Sauce
2 tablesp. instant minced onion
1/2 teasp. rosemary, crushed
1 8-oz can peas, drained
1 3-oz can mushrooms, drained
1 5-oz can boned chicken, diced
1 pkg. refrigerated biscuits

Mix together all ingredients except biscuits. Heat and pour into 1 1/2 quart casserole. cut biscuits in half and arrange on top of chicken mixture. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. 4 to 5 servings.

Note: At the bottom of the recipe is the following notation: "Hunt's Tomato Sauce is so easy to use! Just cook it into stews, soups, spaghetti, rice, meat loaf, eggs, fish, vegetables, gravies. Perfect for leftovers."

Note: File photo for reference only.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


This is an old Iowa "church" recipe.

2 cups water
3/4 cup cooking oil
2 cups raisins
2 cups sugar
2 tsps cinnamon
2 tsps nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a 2-qt saucepan, bring the water, cooking oil, raisins, sugar, cimmamon, nutmeg, and cloves to a boil. Boil mixture for 10 minutes then allow to cool. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, eggs, and salt. Mix the batter well and pour into a well greased and floured 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 30 to 40 minutes until the cake tests done.

Note: This is a file photo.

Monday, October 23, 2017


This recipe is from an old church cookbook. No date, or town.

12 cups dry bread crumbs
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup finely minced onion
1 1/2 cups finely minced celery
4 eggs, well beaten
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp dried sage
poultry seasoning to taste (a lot)
1 qt milk
giblets chopped

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Melt butter in heavy skillet. Add onion and celery to skillet and cook until they are softened. Put bread crumbs into a very large bowl. Add celery and onion to crumbs. Add eggs, baking powder, salt, pepper, sage, and poultry seasoning; mix together. Add milk, giblets, and enough broth to make the mixture quite moist. Pack turkey loosely. If baked in roaster, baste with turkey juices.
Note: You can save time, especially at the holidays, by chopping the onions and celery a day or two ahead of time. Seal in a bowl or plastic bag and save up to 3 days.

Note: File Photo

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


This recipe is a clipping from a 1989 Woman's Day magazine according to the notes I found with it.

1/2 cup margarine, at room temperature
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 cups uncooked oat bran
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 or 9-inch square baking pan with foil. Spray foil with no-stick cooking spray. TO MAKE CRUST: Mix margarine and sugar in a medium-size mixing bowl until blended and smooth. Add oat bran, flour and salt; stir just until blended. (Mixture will be moist and slightly crumbly.) Turn into prepared pan and press firmly and evenly over bottom. Bake 20 to 25 minutes just until edges start to brown.


Whites from 3 large eggs
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt

While crust bakes, put all topping ingredients into a medium-size bowl and whisk until smooth. Pour over the partially baked crust. Bake 20 tl 25 minutes longer until top looks dry and slightly puffed. Cool completely in the pan on rack. Lift foil by ends onto a cutting board. Peel off foil. Cut into 16 squares, dipping knife into hot water before making each cut.

Note: These keep well up to 1 week in tightly covered container in cool place with waxed paper between layers. Dust with confectioners' sugar just before serving.

Per cookie: 188 calories, 4 g protein, 26 g carbs

Note: This is a 1989 September issue. I have no idea which issue this recipe was in.

Friday, October 13, 2017


3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
6 tbsp cocoa
3/4 cup salad oil
2 tbsp vinegar
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cocoa powder into an ungreased 9 x 12-inch baking pan. Make three "craters" in dry ingredients. Add the oil to one, vinegar and vanilla to one and the water to the third. Beat with a fork along all edges, then middle until well blended, turning pan as you beat. Bake 45 minutes. Cool and ice as desired.
Note: I found this picture on the internet and figure it might be a good example of this recipe. I am diabetic and have never made this cake.

Thursday, October 12, 2017


This old recipe clipping appears to be from an old Bisquick advertisement. I found this in my late mother's shoe box of  recipes.

1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 envelope (1 1/4 oz) taco seasoning mix
1 can (4 oz) whole green chilies, drained, seeded, chopped
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 1/4 cups milk
3/4 cup baking mix
3 eggs
1/8 tsp hot sauce

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Lightly grease a 10-inch pie plate. Cook and stir ground beef and onion in 10-inch skillet until beef is brown; drain. Stir taco seasoning mix into the beef and spread mixture in bottom of pie plate. Sprinkle with the chilies and cheese. Beat remaining ingredients until smooth, 15 seconds in blender on high speed or one minute with a hand beater. Pour into pie plate. Bake until golden brown and knife inserted halfway between center and edge comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting. Garnish with peppers and shredded cheese if desired. Refrigerate any remaining pie. 6 to 8 servings.
 This photo is the closest I could find.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


1 1/2 lbs deer meat,no fat, sliced into thin strips while frozen
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp A-1 Sauce
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp hickory smoke flavoring

Mix the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, A-1 Sauce, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and hickory smoke flavoring together. Mix well. Add the meat slices and marinate in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Remove meat from the marinade and put on wire racks with a drip pan underneath. Dry in the 200 degree oven for about 4 hours.

Note: File Photo

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


This is a collection of old salad recipes from an old College Woman's Cook Book. These recipes are interesting reading, one calls for the salad to be made in the morning and kept in the ice-box until evening. How many of you remember the ice-box? I can remember my family having one when I was young. We lived in the country and I loved going into town and buying ice in a huge block. Click on the picture to enlarge for easier reading.


2 1/2 cups whipping cream
4 cups sugar
3/4 cup white corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts

Boil cream, sugar, and syrup to the soft ball stage. Remove from heat and let set until cooled. Add vanilla and nuts. Beat hard until creamy. Pour into a buttered 13x9x2-inch pan. Cut into small squares after candy is completely cooled.

Note:  This File Photo used for reference only. It is not this particular recipe.

Monday, October 9, 2017


This is a recipe from an old Iowa church cookbook.

2 1/2 cups unsifted flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking soda
1 cup hot water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, cocoa, and salt together into a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, oil, buttermilk vanilla, and baking soda that has been dissolved in the cup of hot water. Mix thoroughly. Line 36 muffin baking tins with cupcake liners. Fill each liner about 2/3 full. Bake in the 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until done. Remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes. Fill with the filling below using a pastry bag with a large rosette tip attached. Force the cream into the center of the cakes. Frost with your favorite frosting, if desired.

1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup milk
2/3 cup shortening
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp water
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Combine sugar, milk, shortening, salt, water, and vanilla in a mixing bowl and beat on high speed of electric hand mixer for 7 minutes. Add powdered sugar and continue to beat for another 5 minutes.

 Note: This is a file photo.

Friday, October 6, 2017


1 pastry crust for a 9-inch quiche pan
1 1/2 cups Half & Half cream
4 eggs
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1 tbsp flour
1/4 cup sliced green onion
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
pinch of nutmeg
salt and pepper to suit your taste
5 slices bacon, cooked (just until done)and drained
5 links breakfast sausages, (cooked just until done) and drained

Line the quiche pan with the pastry crust. Toss Swiss cheese with the flour. Add the onion, parsley flakes, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle the mixture on the bottom of the pastry shell in the pan. Using a whisk, mix eggs with half and half until well whisked. Pour into the pastry shell. Bake 35 minutes at 375 degrees. Place bacon and sausage on top of the quiche in a pinwheel fashion rotating the bacon then a sausage. Return to oven and bake another 10 minutes.

Note: File Photo


Note: I have never liked sweet cornbread and since I am a diabetic, that is a good thing. However, a couple of my children and their families will only eat sweet cornbread. This is a great recipe I got from a lady on line who had gotten it years ago from another lady online. It supposedly goes back some years.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. (200 degrees C).
Spray or lightly grease a 9 inch round cake pan.
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder. Stir in egg, milk and vegetable oil until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Thursday, October 5, 2017


This recipe is cut from the side panel of an old box that says Best Foods at the bottom.

1. Mix 1 tablespoon ARGO cornstarch and 1 cup milk until smooth.
2. Add 2 tablespoons Mazola margarine, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
3. Stirring constantly, bring to boil over medium heat and boil 1 minute. Makes 1 cup. (Use for creamed vegetables, meat, poultry, fish or casseroles.)

 Note: File Photo

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


This is another of the recipe clippings from my late mother's recipe shoebox. She did not like coffee and as far as I know she never made this pie.

Sunday, October 1, 2017


This recipe was popular in a restaurant from my high school years. My family sometimes had Sunday lunch at Walker's Restaurant in the early 1960s.

Saturday, September 30, 2017


1 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
2 cups sifted plain flour
5 large or 6 small eggs
5 tbsps pineapple juice

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Cream shortening and sugar together. Add eggs to sugar mixture, one at a time. Alternately add in flour and pineapple juice. Beat at low speed of electric mixer until creamy. Bake in a greased and floured tube, Bundt, or loaf pan until done; approximately 1 hour.

This cake is great sliced and topped with fresh berries.

Note: File Photo for reference only.

Friday, September 29, 2017


Note: This is not my mama's recipe. My mother never made cornbread dressing. Her Southern Indiana recipe used bread only. This is a recipe I found years ago while searching the internet.

2 cups chopped onions
2 cups chopped celery
1/2 cup butter
4 cups finely crumbled toasted bread
4 cups finely crumbled cornbread
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon dried sage
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
turkey broth
4 large eggs, beaten

Melt butter in a skillet; add the onions and celery and saute until tender.
Combine toasted bread and cornbread in a large bowl and mix.
Add onions and celery plus their cooking liquid, and salt, pepper, dried sage, and poultry seasoning and mix thoroughly.
Using a bulb baster, add just enough turkey giblet broth to make a very moist mixture, then stir in the eggs and scrape dressing into a large greased baking pan or dish.
Bake in 400 degree F oven until dressing is nicely browned, about 30 to 40 minutes.

File Photo
M Dressing!

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017


This recipe is from an old rural newsletter. The photo is not this recipe but is used for reference only.

1 med head cabbage
1/2 lb bulk pork sausage
1 tbsp onion flakes
1 cup dry bread crumbs
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Chop and cook cabbage until tender. Drain. Meanwhile, crumble and fry sausage until browned Drain fat off the sausage. Beat eggs and add milk. Mix onion flakes and bread crumbs into the egg mixture. Add salt and pepper to suit your taste. Pour into a greased baking dish or pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


This recipe for potato chip cookies sounds weird, but they taste very similar to shortbread. And it's fun to smash the chips
2c butter, softened
1 c sugar
4 c flour
1 c chopped pecans
2 tsp. Vanilla
1 c crushed potato chips (helps relieve stress)
Cream butter and sugar. Add flour; beat til combined. Beat in vanilla. Stir in chips and nuts. Cover and refrigerate one hour. Drop onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350, 12-15 min. Makes 5 dozen

Note: This recipe is from a lady named Gail LaFlamme on a fb page called  Olden Days of Christmas Town Recipes, Memories & More

Note: This is a file photo.


I like to identify the sources of these old recipes when I can. However, that is not always possible. I believe, but cannot be sure, that this recipe is from an old advertisement for Borden's Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk.

1 can (21-oz) Apple Pie Filling
1 can (16-oz) pumpkin (about 2 cups, if you cook your own)
1 can (14-oz) Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (not evaporated milk)
2 eggs
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup gingersnap cookie crumbs (about 18 cookies)
2 tbsp butter, melted

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spoon apple pie filling evenly into 8 to 10 custard cups. In a large mixer bowl, beat pumpkin, milk, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Spoon mixture into custard cups over the top of the apple pie filling. Combine the cookie crumbs and the butter. Sprinkle over the pumpkin mixture in custard cups. Place cups on a jelly roll pan and bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake another 15 minutes or until set. Cool. Keep any leftovers in the refrigerator.

Did not have a photo so just used this one for fun.

Monday, September 25, 2017


1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 lb bacon
1 cup diced onion
1 can kidney beans
1 can butter beans
1 can pork and beans
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 cup catsup
1/4 cup molasses
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brown beef, bacon and onion; drain off the fat. Add beans, brown sugar, white sugar, vinegar, mustard, catsup, molasses, salt and pepper. Place in 2 1/2 quart bean pot or baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Serves 8 to 10.
 Note: File Photo


I love it when I find these old ads. And I love Hershey's Chocolate, too!

Sunday, September 24, 2017


This is an old "church" recipe from Iowa.

1 cup white sugar
1 cup raisins
1 cup water
1/3 cup lard
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup cold water
1 tsp baking powder
2 cups flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Boil together sugar, raisins, 1 cup of water, lard, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon until the raisins soften, about 5 to 10 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool. Mix the soda in the 1/2 cup cold water and add to the raisin mixture. Add the baking powder and flour. Stir all ingredients together and pour into a well greased and floured 8 x 11-inch pan. Bake until done. This is not a typing mistake; no eggs or milk are used in this recipe. 
 File Photo for reference only.

Saturday, September 23, 2017


This old recipe was found in my mother's recipe box. It was written on a sheet of paper from an old fashion writing tablet and indicates it is from Edith. Since my mother had an Aunt named Edith, I assume this recipe was from her.

1 1/3 cups baking mix such as Bisquick
3/4 cup sugar
3 tbsps shortening
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
3/4 cup milk

Mix all ingredients together and bake in a 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Makes a small cake so use an 8-inch square pan, greased and floured.

Broiled Topping for Crumb Cake:
3 tbsp softened butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp milk or cream
1/2 cup coconut
1/4 cup chopped nuts

Mix altogether and spread on warm cake. Put under broiler until brown; approximately three minutes.

Note: Photo from Betty Crocker (Bisquick)

Friday, September 22, 2017


This recipe was on an old yellowed newspaper clipping in a box of recipes from my late mother's estate. I have no idea what newspaper it came from. The picture is a modern day one from The Huffington Post.

1 cup instant nonfat milk
3 tbsps flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder
2 1/4 cups water
1 can (10-oz) condensed chicken broth, undiluted
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1 pkg (10-oz)frozen chopped broccoli, cooked and drained
1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss Cheese

Combine the dry milk, flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder together in a 3-qt heavy saucepan. Stir in the water and chicken broth, whisking until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil and stir for 1 minute. In another pan, saute onion in butter until tender--about three minutes. Stir the onion/butter and broccoli into the thickened mixture. Remove from the heat and slowly stir in the cheese until all cheese is melted. If necessary, return to a low heat to get cheese melted. Do not boil! Serve immediately.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


2 eggs
1 can (#2 size) cream-style corn
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 cup crushed soda crackers
2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp melted butter
1/8 tsp pepper

Beat eggs slightly. Add corn and milk; mix well. Add salt and sugar to mixture and blend in. Add the crackers, butter, and pepper to the corn mixture. Mix well and pour into a buttered 5 1/2" x 9 1/2" glass baking dish. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes.

Yield 4 to 6 servings.

Note: File Photo

Monday, September 18, 2017


This old recipe was given out by a Lard company. Please note that you can substitute shortening for the lard.

2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 tsps ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup lard
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 tbsps water
1/3 cup sugar

Sift together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Cream lard and 1 cup sugar. Add egg, molasses, and water; beat thoroughly. Stir sifted dry ingredients into creamed mixture, mixing well. Shape dough into balls about the size of a small walnut and roll in the 1/3 cup of sugar. Place on cookie sheet about 2-inchs apart. Bake in a moderate 350 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes.

Yield: 4 dozen cookies

 file photo

Friday, September 15, 2017


This recipe is from a 1986 newspaper clipping.

2 cups coarsely chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 lb lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onions
1 crushed garlic clove
1 diced green bell pepper
1 cup sliced celery
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
8-oz broad noodles, cooked and drained

Combine the tomatoes, water, oregano, thyme, and pepper in a small bowl and set aside. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet. Add ground beef to the skillet and stir constantly until crumbly and no longer pink. Remove meat from skillet with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the onion, garlic, bell pepper, and celery to the skillet. Saute until the vegetables are tender. Cover the skillet and cook mixture about 7 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally. Add parsley to the skillet. Return the meat to the skillet and add the tomato mixture. Cook mixture for several minutes until hot and bubbly. Serve over the hot cooked noodles.

Yield: 4 servings

 Note: File Photo

Thursday, September 14, 2017


This recipe is from an old Hershey's recipe give-away.

9-inch unbaked pastry shell
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs, beaten
2 tsps vanilla extract OR 2 tbsps bourbon
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips or Mini Chips
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Festive Whipped Cream (optional, recipe follows)

Prepare pastry shell; set aside. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small mixer bowl, cream butter; add eggs and vanilla or bourbon. Combine sugar and flour; add to the creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts; pour into the unbaked pastry shell. Bake 45 to 60 minutes or until golden. Cool about one hour; serve warm. Garnish with Festive Whipped Cream, if desired. Makes 8 to 10 servings.


In a small mixer bowl, combine 1/2 cup chilled whipping cream, 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon bourbon. Beat mixture until stiff. Yield: about 1 cup topping.

Note: File Photo

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


This is an old recipe from Reames Frozen Noodles. Mr. Reames was a personal friend of mine and he and his wife shared many recipes with me. Unfortunately, we lost Bill in 2008. But we will continue to enjoy his noodles forever. Thanks, Bill and Betty!

1/3 cup butter
1 cup thinly sliced celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
8 cups ready-to-serve chicken broth
1 pkg (16 oz) Reames Frozen Egg Noodles
1/2 tsp salt, if desired
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups cubed cooked turkey (or chicken)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Parsley sprigs for garnish, if desired
1 tsp ground sage, optional

Heat butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat until melted. Add celery and onion; cook about 3 to 5 minutes or until tender; stirring occasionally. Add broth and bring to a boil. Stir in noodles, salt, and pepper. Simmer, uncovered, about 35 minutes or until the noodles are tender. Stir mixture occasionally during cooking. Stir in turkey and parsley; heat through. Garnish with parsley sprigs, if desired.
Add sage with salt and pepper, if desired.

Note: To thicken slightly, stir together 1 tablespoon flour and 1/4 cup cold water until smooth. Stir into turkey and noodles. Bring to a boil and cook about two minutes or until smooth and thickened, stirring constantly.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


This recipe is from an old grocery store give-away recipe fold-out. It is from some Lard Company. That tells you it has to be old. How long has it been since you saw something like that?

4 cups sliced tart cooking apples
1 cup raisins, plumped*
1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar (depending on sweetness of apples)
2 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp grated lemon peel
Pastry for a double-crust 9-inch pie
1 tbsp butter or margarine
1 tbsp milk

Combine apples and raisins. Mix sugar, flour and salt; add to apples and raisins. Add lemon juice and peel and mix well. Place the apple raisin mixture in a pastry lined 9-inch pie pan. Dot mixture with butter or margarine. Top with another pastry circle. Fold the bottom pastry over the edge of top pastry and crimp edges together to seal. Cut small slits in top pastry to allow pie to breathe. Brush top with milk and sprinkle lightly with sugar. Bake in a moderate oven, 375 degrees, for 45 to 50 minutes, until lightly browned and filling is bubbly.

*To plump raisins, cover with 1 cup boiling water and let stand for 10 minutes. Drain raisins thoroughly before using.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017


This recipe is from an old Pillsbury cookbook. It doesn't have a date but the original price on the front is .15. I would say the book is quite old!

2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Cream mixture well and add egg and vanilla; beat well. Blend the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture; mix thoroughly. Add in the pecans and mix in well. Divide the dough into two equal parts. Place each part on a sheet of waxed paper and shape into a roll 1 1/2-inches in diameter. Wrap in waxed paper and chill for several hours or overnight. Dough should be chilled thoroughly. To bake, preheat oven to 425 degrees, remove dough from the refrigerator and cut into slices about 1/8-inch thick. Place on ungreased baking sheets and bake in a hot oven of 425 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes.

Chocolate Nut: Blend 2 squares of unsweetened melted chocolate in with the egg and vanilla. Bake at 400 degrees.

Coconut: Omit the nuts and blend 3/4 cup shredded coconut, chopped fine, in with the dry ingredients.

Orange-Nut: Add 1 tablespoon grated orange rind in with the nuts.

Lemon-Nut: Add 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind in with the nuts.

Spice: Sift 1 teaspoon Cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon cloves in with the dry ingredients.

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Friday, September 1, 2017


This is a 1970s recipe from Kraft Foods.

3 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup 100% pure orange juice
1/2 cup Squeeze Parkay Margarine
2 eggs
1 1/4 cups cranberries, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Add orange juice, margaarine, and eggs; mix just until moistened. Stir in the cranberries and nuts. Pour batter into a greased and floured 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017


This recipe is from an old church cookbook.

1 cup chopped dates
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 1/4 cups + 3 tbsps all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place dates and 1 teaspoon baking soda in a mixing bowl. Pour boiling water over the dates. Set aside to cool. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar. Beat eggs into the creamy sugar mixture. Add date mixture to the sugar mixture and mix well. Sift together the flour, salt, and 1/3 teaspoon baking soda. Add to the other ingredients and mix well. Pour into a greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Sprinkle with the topping recipe below.


1 pkg (6-oz) chocolate chips
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Mix all ingredients together and sprinkle over the cake before baking. Bake in 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


This recipe is from an old Kraft Foods promotional give-away from December 1977.

2 tbsps chopped onion
2 tbsps Parkay margarine
1 tbsp flour
1 1/4 cups milk
8-oz pkg shredded Natural Monterey Jack cheese
12-oz can whole kernel corn, drained
1/2 cup cracker crumbs
2 (10-oz each)pkgs frozen broccoli spears, cooked and drained

Saute onion in one tablespoon of the margarine until onion is tender. Blend flour in with the onion. Gradually add the milk; cooking and stirring constantly, until thickened. Add cheese to the milk mixture, stirring until cheese is melted. Stir in corn and 1/4 cup of the crumbs. Arrange broccoli in an 11 3/4 x 7 1/2-inch baking dish. Pour cheese sauce over broccoli. Toss remaining crumbs and remaining margarine together and sprinkle over the casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Note: Can be made ahead, covered and refrigerated overnight (unbaked). Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017


6 apples
1 pkg (14-oz) individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
2 tbsp milk

Wash and dry apples; remove stems. Place a craft stick in the top of each apple.

Butter a baking sheet or cover with waxed paper.

Place caramels and milk in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave 2 minutes, stirring once. Allow to cool briefly.

Roll each apple quickly in caramel sauce until well coated. Place on prepared sheet to set.

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2 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 1/4 tsps baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix sugar, sour cream,eggs, and vanilla together; mix well. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt together and add to the sugar mixture. After both mixtures are well blended, pour in the boiling water. Stir together to mix well. Pour into a greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.

Frost as desired.

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This recipe for old-fashion butter caramels is from an old church cookbook.

1 quart heavy cream
1 lb butter
4 cups granulated sugar
3 1/2 cups white corn syrup
1 lb pecan halves, chopped, optional

In a heavy saucepan, combine heavy cream, butter, sugar, and corn syrup. Bring to a gentle boil and boil without stirring until a firm ball forms in cold water (this will take an hour or so). Remove pan from the heat and add nuts and some vanilla to taste. Mix well. Pour into a cookie sheet that has sides. Let stand overnight. Cut into pieces and wrap in waxed paper.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017


This recipe is from an old pamplet from the National Pork Producers Council.

4 pork blade steaks, cut 1 to 1 1/4-inches thick
1/2 cup bottled barbecue sauce (your choice)
1/3 cup honey
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp prepared mustard

Pound steaks with a meat mallet. For sauce, in a small bowl combine the barbecue sauce, honey, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt and prepared mustard; mix together well.

Place steaks on grill about 4-inchs above slow coals.* Cook about 20 minutes on each side. Brush steaks with sauce and continue cooking 10 to 20 minutes more, turning occasionally and brushing with more sauce.

Yield: 4 servings

Note: In today's modern kitchen many cooks now have indoor grills. Adjust cooking instructions to your grill.