Thursday, March 30, 2017


1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1 egg
1 cup sour milk*
2 cups flour
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups raw rhubarb, cut fine
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Mix ingredients thoroughly and pour into a greased oblong pan. Combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon butter. Sprinkle over batter before baking in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes.



Following are some tips I found in the back of an old cookbook. I will post a few tonight with more to follow at other times.

1. Measure a cupful of whipped cream after it is whipped.
2. To avoid lumps in batter, add a pinch of salt to the flour before it is wet.
3. To cream butter and sugar, warm a bowl, put the butter in, then sieve the sugar on top. Beat until the mixture is like whipped cream.
4. To improve the flavor of old potatoes, add a little sugar to the water in which they are boiled.
5. To keep lint from clinging to blue jeans and corduroys, add a half cup of vinegar to each wash load.
6. Bury the yeast cake in salt and it will keep for some time.
7. Heat lemons well before using and there will be twice as much juice.
8. To prevent cakes from burning, sprinkle salt in the oven under the baking pans.
9. Never beat egg-whites in an aluminum pan, it is sure to darken them.
10. If egg yolks become stringy after being added to hot puddings, especially tapioca, use a beater; the lumps will adhere to the beater, and leave the pudding smooth.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


2 1/2 cups flour

2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp baking soda
1 #2 can crushed pineapple, undrained
1/2 cup nuts

8 oz pkg cream cheese
1/2 stick oleo
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp vanilla

For cake, mix well and pour into large cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. For frosting, mix well. Spread on cake while still hot. Sprinkle some nuts on top.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017


This recipe is from my late mother's 'The Workbasket' magazine collection. This recipe was in the August 1970 book.

2 1/2 to 3 lb broiler-fryer chicken
1 1/4 cups corn flake crumbs
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely diced celery
1 can (3 or 4 oz)sliced mushrooms
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
heavy duty aluminum foil
8 canned cling peach halves

Melt butter in medium-size saucepan. Add onion and celery; cook until tender, but not brown. Add mushrooms with liquid, salt and poultry seasoning; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; add crumbs and toss lightly. Stuff and truss chicken. Place chicken in center of a 24-inch length of heavy duty aluminum foil. Brush chicken with additional melted butter. Make double fold of foil over breast and at each end. Place in shallow roasting pan. Roast in a hot oven, 450 degrees, for 20 minutes per pound. Open foil and flatten in pan. Place drained peaches, cut side up, on foil around chicken. Roast 20 minutes longer to brown chicken and heat peaches. Place chicken on heated platter; garnish with peach halves. Makes 4 to 5 servings.


Especially for you Texans who miss Underwood Cafeterias.


1 cup shortening
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
cold water
1/2 cup butter

1 1/4 cup sugar
1 pinch salt
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 can cherries, undrained
1 cup water
4 teaspoons red food coloring

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

Crust: Combine shortening and flour in a bowl and mix well. Add salt and enough cold water to make ingredients cling together. Roll the dough until it is very thin. 

Cut up butter and place in a 9 x 13 inch pan. 

Filling: Combine in bowl the sugar, salt and flour. Mix well. Add the cherries, water and food coloring. Mix well and pour over butter in pan. Top with rolled out crust. 

Bake at 350 degrees F until brown. A little less than an hour. 

This came from a family cookbook. It was originally from a wonderful Texas-based cafeteria specializing in delicious slow-smoked barbecued steak. There were Underwood's all over Texas back in the day, but today the only remaining cafeteria is the original, which is in Brownwood, south of Abilene. 

Monday, March 27, 2017


½ c. cocoa
¼ cup cornstarch/or arrowroot powder (or ½ c. all purpose flour)
3 egg yolks
1 ½ c. sugar
¼ tsp. salt
2 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix cocoa, cornstarch, beaten egg yolks; sugar and salt, then add milk gradually, while stirring in a pot over med-high heat. Cook until thick, beating it smooth. Cream pies take some time to thicken, so stir... and stir (10-15 min). Using a heavy bottom pan really helps. Just keep it up until it thickens. Pour into a pre-baked pie shell. Put in the fridge to chill, add whipped cream if you like Or use the left over egg whites for a meringue topping!

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Not sure if this is a vintage recipe but it is one I have had for years. I got it from an old yellowed copy in my late mother's recipe shoe box!

1 flank steak, approximately 1 1/2 lbs

3/4 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce
3 tbsp soy sauce
1/4 cup green onion slices
2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp ground ginger

Score steak on both sides with a sharp knife. Mix all ingredients, except steak, in a small bowl; pour over steak. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator 7 or 8 hours or overnight; turning once. To cook steak, remove from marinade and place on a broiler pan or grill that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Broil or grill over hot coals for approximately 20 minutes or until of desired doneness. Brush with barbecue sauce about half way thru the cooking time. To serve steak, carve across the grain into thin slices.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings.

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Friday, March 24, 2017


1 cup sugar

1 stick butter
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups persimmon pulp
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup raisins

In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar and butter. Beat in eggs and pulp. Add flour and mix in. Add remaining ingredients in order listed. Drop onto greased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017


1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 cup milk
3 cups all purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla


1 cup brown sugar
4 tsp cinnamon
4 tbsp flour
3/4 cup melted butter

To make topping, melt butter, add brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Mix well. Sprinkle between batter layers and some on the top.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar together, add eggs, beat well. Sift dry ingredients together, add alternately with milk and vanilla. Put half in greased and floured 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Sprinkle half the topping mixture over batter. Add remaining batter and top with remaining topping mix. Bake cake at 350 degrees about 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Note: This is a file photo

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Miz Maxine's Chocolate Fudge Cake

2 cups sugar

3/4 cup butter (margarine)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
1/2 cup cocoa
1 1/2 cups boiling water

Cream sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk together. Sift dry ingredients together. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with the boiling water. Bake in a 9 x 13 inch pan in a 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes.

Eat plain, dust with powdered sugar, or ice with your favorite icing. Yummy no matter how you serve it!

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017


This is a recipe from an old BRACH'S Stars candy advertisement. 

14-oz Brach's Milk-Maid Caramels
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1 box yellow cake mix
3/4 cup melted margarine
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 cup chopped nuts
12-oz bag Brach's Chocolate Stars

Melt caramel and 1/3 cup of the evaporated milk over medium heat. Let stand. In separate bowl, chop Chocolate Stars. In another bowl, combine cake mix, margarine, milk and nuts. Grease 9x13 pan. Spread half of dough in bottom of pan and bake at 350 degrees for six minutes. Remove pan from oven. Sprinkle chopped Chocolate Stars over crust. Pour caramel mixture over the layer of Stars. Spread remaining dough over the top. Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Monday, March 20, 2017


2 cups sifted flour

1 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
1/3 cup oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix and sift flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder. Make a well in center of mixture and put in egg, milk and oil. Stir only enough to dampen all the flour mixture. Pour into a square baking pan that's been greased.


1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp butter

Mix flour, sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in butter. Sprinkle topping on top of batter. Bake for 35 minutes at 375 degrees.

Note: A quick, easy coffee cake that's not overly sweet.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017


2 cups persimmon pulp

2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 tsp soda
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup milk
1/2 stick melted butter
1/4 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Combine pulp, eggs, and sugar, blending well. Combine buttermilk and soda; add to the pulp mixture and blend in. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; add to mixture. Melt butter in pan and add to mixture with milk and vanilla.

Grease a 9x13-inch pan with butter. Pour pudding batter into pan and bake at 325 degrees 45 minutes to one hour.

Garnish with whipped cream, if desired.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017


5 cups pitted cherries
1/2 cup water
1 1/4 cup sugar
4 tbsp cornstarch
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tbsp butter, chilled
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp white vinegar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Very lightly oil an 8-inch square baking dish or pan; set aside.

In a saucepan, combine the cherries, water, sugar, and cornstarch; mix cornstarch in well. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes or until mixture thickens. Pour into the prepared baking dish/pan.

In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt; cut in the butter until pea size chunks form.

In a cup or other small container, mix the milk and vinegar; using a fork, stir into the flour mixture until blended.

Using a large spoon, drop the batter into nine large lumps atop the cherry filling.

Bake at 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes until browned.

Delicious served warm with vanilla ice cream!

Yield: 6 servings

Note: I adapted this recipe from one in Southern Living a few years ago. The picture is also from SL/


1 cup margarine

1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
4 cups flour
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix margarine, oil, sugars, and eggs together in a large mixing bowl. Sift flour, cream of tartar and baking soda together. Add to the egg mixture and mix well. Mix in the vanilla. This dough will be very sticky. Divide into 3 equal parts and make into rolls. Put into freezer and allow to freeze. Remove from freezer and slice into 1/4-inch thick slices. Sprinkle with colored sugars, if desired. Bake on a ungreased cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

Yield: 6 to 7 dozen

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This is not technically a vintage recipe but it is an old one. I have had it so long I have no idea where I got it.

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup frozen coconut, thawed
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
8-oz plain yogurt
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 tsp coconut extract

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and coconut in a large bowl and make a well in the center of the mixture. Combine the remaining ingredients and pour into the well. Stir just until moistened. Spoon into a lightly greased or paper-lined muffin pan, filling 3/4 full. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove from pans immediately.

Yield: 1 dozen

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Friday, March 17, 2017


This recipe is from a very old Southern Indiana rural electric co-op newsletter.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 cup peeled chopped apples
1/3 cup chopped walnuts

1/3 cup flour
2 tbsps sugar
2 tbsps brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 tbsps butter

In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Beat eggs and vanilla into the creamed mixture. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Fold in the apples and nuts. Pour into a greased 9-inch by 5-inch by 3-inch loaf pan. For the topping, combine the flour, sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Mix well. Cut in the butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over the batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes or until bread tests done. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017


3 1/2 cups oats

1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup raisins
2/3 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 can cherry pie filling

Spread oats in a jellyroll pan and toast in a 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. In a large bowl, mix oats, nuts, and raisins. Melt butter in saucepan. Add honey, egg, vanilla, salt, brown sugar, and pie filling. Stir into oat mixture. Press firmly into greased jelly roll pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool, cut into squares.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017


5 large carrots

1 tbsp butter
1/4 cup honey
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp lemon juice

Scrape and slice carrots. Cook carrots in small amount of water until tender crisp. Drain. Melt butter and add sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Add carrots and let simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Friday, March 10, 2017


6 apples, cored, pared, and sliced (about 3 cups)

5 tbsp sugar
5 tsp cinnamon
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup salad oil
4 eggs
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tbsp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine sliced apples with the 5 tablespoons of sugar and the cinnamon. Set apples aside. Sift together flour, 2 cups sugar, baking powder, and salt into a mixing bowl. Make a well in center of flour and pour in the oil, eggs, juice, and vanilla. Beat till well blended. Drain the apple mixture of excess moisture. Spoon 1/3 of the batter into a greased 10-inch tube pan. Make a ring of 1/3 of the apple mixture on top of the batter, taking care not to have the apples touch the sides of the pan. Sprinkle 1/3 of nuts on top of the apples. Spoon another 1/3 of the batter on top of nuts and make another ring of apples and nuts. Top with remainder of batter, apples and nuts. Bake at 375 degrees for 1 1/4 hours or until done. Watch the top and if it is becoming too brown, cover lightly with aluminum foil. Cool cake to lukewarm before removing from pan.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017


This recipe is from a very old newspaper clipping.

Sprinkle 1/4 cup chopped pecans on a unbaked 9-inch pie shell.
Mix together:
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
5 to 6 cups apples, peeled, sliced or chopped--your preference
Place mixture over pecans in the pie shell. Dot with 2 tablespoons of butter. Top with the following crumb mixture:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup flour
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped pecans
Bake at 425 degrees for 45 minutes or until apples are tender.

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I love it when I come across one of my late mother's handwritten recipes. I imagine she copied this down while listening to the Backyard Fence on the local radio station WBIW. She always kept a pencil and paper handy while listening to this program where friends and neighbors called in their favorite recipes.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


I have had this Duncan Hines recipe for many years! Very good cake and very simple with the boxed mix.

1 box Devil's Food cake mix
2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
1 recipe of your favorite chocolate frosting
Maraschino cherries with stems for garnish, if desired

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9-inch layer cake pans. Prepare cake mix as directed on package. Divide the batter evenly between the two pans. Bake and cool as directed on the package.

Fold the maraschino cherries into the whipped topping. Spread over the top of one of the layers. Top mixture with the second cake layer. Frost with the chocolate frosting. Store cake in the refrigerator.

Monday, March 6, 2017


3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
shredded peel of 1 orange
5 tsp double-acting baking powder
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1/3 cup salad oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, with fork, mix flour and walnuts, sugar, salt, orange peel, and baking powder. In a small bowl, with fork, beat eggs slightly; stir in milk and salad oil. Stir into flour mixture just until flour is moistened. Pour batter into a 9x5" loaf pan. Bake one hour and twenty minutes or until bread pulls away from sides of pan. Cool in pan on wire rack for ten minutes; remove from pan and cool completely on rack. Makes one loaf of bread.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017


1/4 lb butter

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup water
4 tbsp cocoa
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup pecans

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Mix butter, shortening, water, and cocoa in pan and bring to a boil. In bowl, mix sugar and flour. Pour liquid mixture over dry ingredients and ten add eggs, milk, vanilla, and pecans. Cook in a greased and floured loaf pan 20 to 30 minutes at 325 degrees.


1 1/4 lb butter
4 tbsp cocoa
4 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 box powdered sugar

Five minutes before cake is done start the icing. Melt butter, cocoa, milk in pan. Add vanilla and powdered sugar. If you want you can mix in 1/2 cup pecans. Ice cake while it is hot.

Note: This is a file photo.

Friday, March 3, 2017


2 1/2 cups sugar

1 tbsp oleo
1/2 cup vinegar
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups water
1 tbsp nutmeg
2 cups Bisquick
2/3 cup milk

Using Bisquick and milk, make a stiff dough. Roll thin, using Bisquick to roll in. Bring sauce or broth to a boil. Add dumplings. Simmer 15 minutes. Stir to prevent sticking.

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