Saturday, June 22, 2019


This is an old recipe from the area where I grew up in Southern Indiana. These meatballs were served as appetizers.

2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup milk
2 tbsp minced onion
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1 lb ground beef
2/3 cup mashed potato flakes

In a medium mixing bowl combine the eggs, milk, and mashed potato flakes; allow to stand for a minute. Add the onion, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and crumbled ground beef; mix together well. Shape into 1-inch meatballs. Add a tablespoon of shortening or oil to a heavy frying pan and heat over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs to the hot pan and cook over medium heat until brown. May be kept in oven, covered loosely with foil, on lowest heat until ready to serve.

Dip for Meatballs:

1 cup sour cream
2 tsp milk
1 tbsp brown gravy mix

Combine the sour cream and milk in a small saucepan. Whisk in the brown gravy mix. Heat thoroughly over a medium-low heat. Serve with the meatballs.

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Friday, June 21, 2019


This is a recipe from an old Southern Indiana church. I remember my mother loved this salad but dad didn't like it very much.  To please herself and not hear him asking why she made it, she would make it to take to pitch-ins at family dinners and church meals.

1 large container cottage cheese
1 large box orange gelatin
1 large can crushed pineapple, drained
1 can Mandarin oranges, drained
1 small carton frozen whipped topping, thawed

In a large bowl, mix the cottage cheese and dry gelatin together. Add the pineapple and oranges and blend in. Gently fold in the whipped topping. Chill all day or overnight.

Garnish with 2 or 3 Mandarin orange slices and a mint leaf, if desired.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019


4 cups shredded cabbage
1 cup chopped apple
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup mayo-style salad dressing
1/4 cup French dressing
1 tsp salt
pepper to taste

In a large bowl toss the cabbage, apple, celery, raisins, and walnuts.

In a small bowl, mix together the salad dressing, French dressing, salt and a dash of pepper to make the slaw dressing. Add the dressing to the cabbage mixture and mix lightly. Refrigerate until serving time.

Serves 8

Thursday, June 13, 2019


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 ot with the cooled dressing until well coated.

This photo is not this recipe.
It is from the busybaker and used for reference only!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019


This is an old recipe from the 60s.

8 Milky Way candy bars (not the large size)
3 sticks butter or margarine
4 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs, beaten
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
1 cup chopped pecans
1 small can evaporated milk
1 6-oz pkg chocolate chips
1 cup marshmallow creme

In a saucepan combine the candy bars and 1 stick of the butter or margarine. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until melted. Set aside.

Cream two cups sugar and 1 stick of the butter or margarine in a bowl; beat in the eggs, one at a time. Sift the flour and the baking soda together; add to the sugar mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Stir in the candy mixture. Add the pecans and mix in well. Pour into a greased and floured oblong baking pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Combine the remaining butter, sugar, and the evaporated milk in a saucepan and cook to the soft-ball stage, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate chips and marshmallow creme. Cool slightly. Beat until thick and spread over the cake.

This pinterest photo is used as reference only.

Friday, May 31, 2019


I got this recipe many years ago with my first blender.

3/4 cup milk
2 eggs
2 slices bread, torn into pieces
1/4 of a small onion
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground sage
dash black pepper
2 lbs ground beef
1 cup milk
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
4-oz sharp process American cheese, cut into cubes (1 cup)
1/2 slice canned pimento

Place 3/4 cup milk, eggs, bread, onion, salt, sage, and pepper into a blender container. Blend until combined then add to the ground beef in a large mixing bowl. Mix together well. Pat the meat mixture into a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.

Prepare cheese sauce by placing remaining ingredients in the blender container. Blend until ingredients are combined and cheese is finely chopped. Transfer the mixture to a saucepan; cook and stir over low heat until the sauce is thick and smooth. Place meat loaf on a serving platter then spoon the cheese sauce over the top.

Yield: 8-servings
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Wednesday, May 29, 2019


This recipe is older than two of my children who have given me seven grandchildren.

2 cups applesauce
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cornstarch
1 tbsp cold water
1 (scant) cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
1 pkg (3-oz) cream cheese
3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

In a saucepan mix the applesauce and cinnamon. In a small cup mix the cornstarch and water together until smooth; add to the applesauce and cinnamon. Cook, stirring, over medium heat for about 15 minutes or until the mixture is almost dry. Allow to cool.

In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut the butter and cream cheese into the flour mixture. Shape dough into a ball and chill.

Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface and cut into 3-inch rounds. Place 1 tablespoon of the applesauce mixture and 1 teaspoon of the shredded cheese on half of each round. Moisten the edges of the rounds with water. Fold the round over and press the edges together to seal. Using a fork, pierce top a few times to allow steam to escape. Place turnovers on a baking sheet and place in a 425 degree oven. Bake for 15 minutes or until browned. Sprinkle the tops lightly with cinnamon sugar and serve while hot.

Yield: 3 dozen
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Tuesday, May 28, 2019


According to the late country music great, his mother taught him this recipe when he was a youngster.

2 cups sugar
2 heaping tbsps cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup Log Cabin syrup
milk as needed
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsps peanut butter
1/2 cup chopped English walnuts

Mix sugar, cocoa, salt and syrup in a saucepan. Add enough milk to make it soupy, but very thick. Bring to a boil and boil until the sugar is dissolved (4 to 5 minutes). Test for doneness by dropping a spoonful into a cup of cold water until it forms a soft ball. Remove from the heat and add butter and vanilla. Stir until it begins to cool. Add the peanut butter and walnuts. Pour into a large platter until it cools then cut into squares.

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Monday, May 27, 2019


This is the chocolate fudge my mother made when I was a child in the 1940s.

2 cups sugar
1 cup milk (she usually used evaporated)
2 tbsp cocoa powder
butter the size of an unshelled walnut
1 cup chopped nuts (in Indiana we used hickory nuts)

Cook all ingredients, except the nuts, in a medium saucepan. Stir often and cook to the soft ball stage (forms a soft ball when dropped into cold water). Remove from heat. Add the nuts. BEAT!! until cool. Quickly pour into a buttered 9 x 9-inch pan. Allow to cool completely before cutting into small squares.
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Friday, May 24, 2019


I have had this recipe clipping for so long, I have no idea where I got it. It is years and years old.

about 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup water
2 eggs
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt

In a large bowl with a wooden spoon, stir the flour with the remaining ingredients to make a stiff dough. On a well floured surface, knead the dough until smooth and no longer sticky. This should require around 20 kneads. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes. This makes the dough easier to roll out. (Or, if using a modern day food processor with knife blade attached, blend all ingredients 10 to 15 seconds to form a smooth ball. Do not knead the dough; wrap and let rest for 30 minutes.) Cut into your preferred shapes.

Yield: 1 lb of pasta
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Thursday, May 23, 2019


This is an old recipe from the back of a Hershey's Cocoa can many years ago.

1 9-inch unbaked pie shell
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup Hershey's cocoa
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3 eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1 cup chopped pecans, optional
1 cup pecan halves

Prepare the pie shell and set aside.

Heat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium saucepan over low heat melt the butter. Add the cocoa to the butter and stir until the mixture is smooth. Remove the saucepan from the heat; cool slightly. Stir in the sugar, salt, eggs, and corn syrup; blend thoroughly. Stir in the chopped nuts, if desired. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie shell. Place the pecan halves over the top of the mixture. Bake for 40 minutes at 375 degrees. Cool completely. Cover and let stand about 8 hours before serving. Top the slices of pie with whipped cream, if desired.

Yield: 8 servings

Wednesday, May 22, 2019


This is a recipe from an old cookbook from the Northeastern United States.

1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust

Fruit Layer:

1/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 (8-oz) can crushed pineapple with its own juice

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, and pineapple (do not drain). Cook the mixture over medium heat while stirring constantly until the mixture is thick and clear. Set aside and allow to cool.

When cooled, spread the mixture over the bottom of the unbaked pie crust.

Cream Cheese Layer:

1 pkg (8-oz) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Blend the cream cheese, sugar, and salt together in a mixer bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each one. Blend in the milk and vanilla. (It is okay if the mixture looks curdled.) Pour the mixture over the pineapple layer in the crust. Sprinkle the chopped pecans over all. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Lower the temperature to 325 degrees and bake for 50 minutes. Cool before cutting.

Note: To keep the crust from getting too brown, tear 2-inch strips of aluminum foil and shape over the crust before putting in the oven. Remove the foil for the last 5 or 10 minutes of baking if crust needs to be browned more.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019


This recipe is from an old grocery store give-away years ago.

1 pkg active dry yeast
2 tbsp water at 105 to 115 degrees (warm)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (or 3/4 cup all-purpose and 3/4 cup whole-wheat)
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
Cocoa Glaze: Recipe follows

Dissolve the yeast in the warm water in a large bowl. Mix in the granulated sugar, brown sugar, egg, peanut butter, and shortening until smooth. Stir in the flour, baking soda and salt. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Remove dough from refrigerator and shape by teaspoonfuls into 2 1/2-inch fingers on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Make the cocoa glaze and dip one end of each cookie into the cocoa glaze.


1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cups baking cocoa
3 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

Mix the powdered sugar and cocoa in a medium bowl. Stir in the milk and the vanilla until smooth. Gradually add more milk, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until of dipping consistency, if needed.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019


4 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 to 1 3/4 cups buttermilk

Coat an 11 1/2 x 15 1/2-inch baking pan with 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the milk gradually to the dry mixture until the dough is moist and pliable. On a large sheet of waxed paper, sprinkle about 1 cup of flour. Lay the dough on the floured waxed paper and pat dough down to about 3/4-inches in height. Using a biscuit cutter or the rim of a glass, cut the biscuits from the dough. Transfer the biscuits to the prepared baking pan. Place a small pat of butter on top of each biscuit. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes at 375 degrees or until the tops of biscuits are a golden brown.

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Monday, May 13, 2019


This recipe is from Northern Indiana.

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

In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until creamy. Beat in the eggs and the vanilla. Combine the flour with the baking soda and salt; stir into the butter mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Fold in the apples and walnuts. Pour into a greased 9-inch loaf pan. Make the following topping and sprinkle over the batter. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes until done. Cook in pan for 10 minutes before removing.

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

Combine the flour, sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over the batter before baking.

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Saturday, May 11, 2019


This recipe was from a neighbor when I was a child.

1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup butter
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup raisins

Preheat the oven to a temperature of 325 degrees. Line the bottom of an iron skillet with waxed paper and set it aside while mixing cake.

Dissolve soda in applesauce. Stir in the sugars, butter, and the beaten egg. Blend in the flour and spices. Add the raisins which have been plumped by mixing 1/4 cup sugar and a little water and bringing to a boil with the raisins. When the cake batter is mixed well pour the batter into the iron skillet and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019


This is a good batter to make for frying your fresh catch of fish.

2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup ice water
2 tbsp baking powder
1 egg

Put all the stuff together in a bowl and mix it with a fork or spoon. Dip your fish in the batter then fry in hot grease.

(This recipe is signed by Sarge, whoever he was.)

                               This is a file photo used for reference only.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019


This is an old Midwestern Recipe.

1 lb roll bulk sausage
1 lb ground beef
1 pint tomatoes
1 can cream style corn
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp pepper
1 large onion, chopped
1 stick butter
1 small can pimentos
1 tbsp chili powder
1 1/4 cups yellow corn meal
1 cup whole milk
3 eggs, well beaten

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large skillet cook the sausage and hamburger until brown. Drain the meat mixture and return to the skillet. Add the tomatoes, cream style corn, salt, pepper, and onion; stir to blend. Cook over low heat for about 15 minutes. Add the butter, pimentos, chili powder, cornmeal, milk, and eggs. Mix together and form into a loaf. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

This is a file photo. Not this exact recipe/
Used for reference only.

Monday, May 6, 2019


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.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2019


This is an old "church socials" recipe from the Midwest.

1 lb cured ham, ground
1 1/2 lb lean pork, ground
3/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup drained canned tomatoes
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg, well beaten
1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tbsp dry mustard
2 tbsp vinegar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl mix the ground ham with the ground pork and salt. Mix in the bread crumbs. Add the tomatoes, egg, and milk. Using your hands, mix together well and form into a loaf. Place the loaf in a meat loaf or other baking pan.

In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard, and vinegar. Cover the meatloaf with the sauce. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Baste the meatloaf every 30 minutes with the sauce. This is very important to bring out the full flavor.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019


36 large marshmallows
1/2 cup milk
1 tall can evaporated milk
1 can crushed pineapple, drained
28 graham crackers
5 tbsp butter, melted

In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the marshmallows in the milk stirring constantly; do not boil. Remove from the heat, pour into a large bowl and allow to cool. In another large bowl, whip the evaporated milk until it holds peaks. Once the marshmallow mixture has cooled, add the whipped evaporated milk and the pineapple. Fold in to blend.

Crush the graham crackers into crumbs and add the melted butter. Mix well. Cover the bottom of a lightly greased pan or baking dish with 1/2 of the crumb mixture. Press down. Pour the pineapple mixture over the crumb crust. Put the remaining graham cracker mixture over the top of the pineapple mixture. Put in the freezer for 2 hours before serving.

Monday, April 29, 2019


This is another Indiana persimmon recipe.

1 1/2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Combine the wafer crumbs and the pecans together well. Spread the mixture over the bottom of an 8 x 8-inch square dish or pan, reserving about 1/3 cup for later.

1 cup persimmon pulp
1/4 cup powdered sugar

Mix the pulp and powdered sugar together well and spread half of the mixture over the crumb layer.

1 cup marshmallow cream
2 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Combine the marshmallow cream, cream cheese, and powdered sugar together until mixed well. Spread the marshmallow cream mixture over the persimmon pulp mixture.

1 small jar of maraschino cherries

Drain cherries well on paper towels; coarsely chop. Sprinkle cherries over the marshmallow cream mixture, saving a tablespoonful to sprinkle on top as garnish.

Spread the remaining persimmon pulp mixture over the cherries.

1 small carton frozen whipped topping, thawed.

Spread the thawed whipped topping over the chopped cherries.

Sprinkle the remaining vanilla wafer-nut mixture over the top of the whipped topping. Sprinkle the reserved tablespoon of cherries over the top. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled before serving.

Saturday, April 27, 2019


1 lb lean ground beef
1 can (15-oz) tomato sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dried basil
4 medium zucchini
1 carton (8-oz) cottage cheese
1/4 lb mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/2 tsp oregano
1/8 tsp pepper
1 egg
2 tbsp flour

In a 10-inch skillet, brown the ground beef with the onion. Cook until the beef is no longer pink and the onion is transparent. Drain the beef and onion mixture, return to the skillet; add the tomato sauce, salt, basil, oregano, and pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes. Slice the zucchini lengthwise in 1/4-inch thick slices. In a small bowl, mix the cottage cheese with the egg. In a 9 x 13-inch baking pan, layer half the zucchini, sprinkle with half the flour. Add half of the cottage cheese-egg mixture, half the meat mixture, and half the mozzarella cheese. Repeat the layers, ending with the remaining mozzarella. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 40 minutes. Allow to set for 10 minutes before serving.

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Friday, April 26, 2019


This recipe is from Wanda E. Brunstetter's Amish novel, A Merry Heart.

3/4 cup margarine
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 (8-oz) chocolate candy bar, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat margarine, sugars, and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in chocolate pieces. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Let stand a few minutes before removing from cookie sheet. Makes four dozen cookies.


3 to 3 1/2 lbs spareribs


1 cup hot water
1/3 cup vinegar
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 bay leaves, crushed

Basting Sauce:

1/3 cup vinegar
2/3 cup ketchup
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
3 tbsp sweet pickle relish
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground ginger
red bell pepper for garnish

Crack ribs or ask your butcher to crack them. Wipe ribs with a damp paper towel.

Arrange ribs in a deep glass dish or stainless steel dish. Combine ingredients for marinade and stir to melt brown sugar. Pour marinade while hot over the ribs. Let stand at room temperature for at least 2 hours or in the refrigerator overnight.

Combine the ingredients for the basting sauce. Preheat charcoal or broiler. Remove the ribs from the marinade. Place over the coals or in the broiler; sear well. Turn the ribs and sear the other side. Brush with sauce and cook, turning and basting on both sides until cooked to your liking. This should take 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on how done you like them. Cut the red bell pepper into wedges and place around or over the ribs on the serving platter.

Thursday, April 25, 2019


This recipe is from an old grocery store ad.

2 cans (regular-size) Great Northern Beans
1 cup tomato catsup
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp prepared mustard
1 medium onion, chopped
6 slices bacon, cut into 2-inch pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Saute the onion and bacon. Set aside. Combine the beans, catsup, brown sugar, and mustard. Pour the bean mixture into a lightly buttered casserole dish. Top with the bacon and onion mixture. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Serves 6 to 8.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019


2/3 cup cider vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 can wax beans
1 can cut green beans
1 can lima beans
1 can red kidney beans
1 medium onion
1 green bell pepper
1/3 cup salad oil
1/2 tsp pepper

In a saucepan heat the vinegar, sugar, and salt until the sugar is melted. Drain the wax beans, green beans, and lima beans. Rinse and drain the kidney beans. Dice the onion and the bell pepper. Combine the beans, onion, and bell pepper in a medium bowl. Add the vinegar mixture, salad oil, and pepper. Toss together well to coat all the beans and vegetables. Refrigerate overnight for the best results.

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Monday, April 22, 2019


This recipe is so old, I don't know where it came from.

3/4 cup lard (or shortening)
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 cups uncooked oats

Beat the lard (or shortening), brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg, water, and vanilla together until creamy. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture; blend well. Stir in the oats and drop by teaspoonful onto greased cookie sheets. Bake in a preheated moderate oven (350 degrees) for 12 to 15 minutes. 

Variation: Add 3/4 cup raisins for oatmeal  raisin cookies.

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Friday, April 19, 2019


This recipe is from an old Hoosier cookbook. I, personally, prefer this over ham salad.

1 lb bologna
1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
1 cup mayonnaise-style salad dressing
1/2 dozen boiled eggs, finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped onion

Grind or finely chop the bologna. In a large bowl, combine the bologna, pickle relish, and onions. Add the salad dressing and eggs. Stir to combine well. This makes a great sandwich served on bread or split rolls with lettuce leaves.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019


An old Texas recipe.

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp + 1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups shredded coconut, toasted and cooled
1 1/2 cups milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tbsp peanut oil
1 tsp coconut extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-inch loaf baking pan.

Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a medium mixing bowl. Add the toasted coconut and blend well. Combine the milk, egg, oil, and coconut extract in another bowl; mix together well. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture, all at once, and stir briefly just until blended. Do not overmix.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Invert onto a wire rack and cool to room temperature before slicing.
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Wednesday, April 10, 2019


This recipe was a grocery store give away many years ago.

1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup butter
1 can (17-oz) Cream Style corn
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
2 eggs, beaten

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 1-quart casserole dish and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and bell pepper and saute until tender. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the corn, bread crumbs, and eggs until well blended. Pour into the prepared casserole dish at bake at 375 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.

Friday, April 5, 2019


3 cups cooked brown rice
2 cups low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
2 tbsp finely chopped green bell pepper
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 cups milk
1 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 tbsp melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with nonstick canola cooking spray. Alternate layers of rice, cheese, and green pepper until all are used.

Combine the eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix well. Pour the egg mixture over the layers.

In a small bowl combine the bread crumbs with the butter and sprinkle the crumbs over the casserole.

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes until lightly browned.

Serves 6.
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Thursday, April 4, 2019


This recipe is from an old Midwestern church cookbook.

2 tbsp fat
1/2 small minced onion
1 can condensed tomato soup
pepper to taste
salt to taste
1 1/2 lb ground beef
2 1/2 cups lima beans

Melt the fat in a skillet. Add the ground beef and onion; fry until the onion is tender and the beef is no longer pink. In a baking dish, combine the lima beans, tomato soup, salt and pepper. Top the beans mixture with the ground beef and onion mixture. Top with a piece of pie dough. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes until heated through and the pastry crust is golden brown.

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Friday, March 29, 2019


This is another old Southern Indiana recipe.

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 cup lard (or shortening)
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 tsp baking soda

Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder together into a large bowl. Work the lard into the flour mixture using your fingers. Mix the baking soda into the buttermilk and add to the flour mixture; blend lightly. Knead and roll out to 1/2-inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Using a biscuit cutter or the lip of a glass cut the dough. Bake on a greased baking pan (or even better, a cast iron skillet).

NOTE: Do not over knead the dough. The less you knead, the better the biscuits.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019


This is an old Texas recipe.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp butter
2/3 cup buttermilk or sour cream

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine the flour, salt, and baking soda. Cut the butter into the flour mixture; stir in the buttermilk. Form the dough into a ball and knead a few times. Divide dough into several pieces and roll each out, one at a time, very thin on a floured surface. Lay sheets of dough on ungreased baking sheets and cut into squares with a very sharp knife or use a pizza cutter. Sprinkle with some additional salt. Prick squares with a fork. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019


8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 can (14-oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 small carton frozen whipped topping, thawed
2 cans drained pineapple chunks
2 small cans Mandarin oranges, drained
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

With an electric mixer beat the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk together until blended. Fold in the whipped topping. Gently fold in the pineapple chunks, oranges, and nuts. Chill before serving.

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Friday, March 22, 2019


1 pkg (4 serving size) lime gelatin
2 cups boiling water
8 oz cream cheese
2 cups 7-UP
1 cup crushed pineapple
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup miniature marshmallows

Dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water until all gelatin is dissolved. Add the cream cheese and stir until melted. Add the 7-UP, stir and refrigerate. When the mixture is partially set, fold in the pineapple, pecans, and marshmallows. This makes a pretty molded salad.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019


A common old recipe among Hoosiers.

2 cups sugar
1 cup white syrup
1 pkg raw peanuts
2 tbsp butter
3/4 tsp soda
1 cup water
1/8 tsp salt

In a saucepan mix together the sugar, syrup, and water. Cook over medium heat until the mixture reaches 236 degrees or soft ball stage. Add the peanuts and salt. Cook until the mixture reaches 295 degrees or starts to harden slightly. Remove from the heat; add the butter and soda. Stir well and pour into lightly buttered shallow pans. (Tin foil pie pans work great for this.) When cooked, break into pieces.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019


This is another old Indiana recipe.

1 large head cauliflower
1 large bunch broccoli
1 medium red onion
1 medium bell pepper
1 jar pimento

1 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/3 cup vinegar

In a large salad bowl, break cauliflower and broccoli into small pieces. Slice the onion into thin slices, break into rings and add to the salad bowl. Dice the bell pepper and add to bowl. Add the drained and chopped pimento.

In a small bowl whisk together the salad dressing, oil, sugar, dry mustard, and vinegar until well blended. Pour the dressing over the vegetables in the salad bowl. Toss to mix well. Cover, refrigerate and let stand overnight for the vegetables to marinate. Serve chilled.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019


This is an old recipe from Hershey's.

1 baked (9-inch) pie shell
1 pkg (10-oz)Hershey's Mini Milk Chocolate Kisses
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
1/3 cup milk
1/2 pint cold whipping cream
1 can (21-oz)cherry pie filling, chilled
Whipped Cream

Place 1 cup of the mini kisses, the marshmallows and milk in a medium micro-wave safe bowl. Microwave the mixture on high for 1 to 2 minutes or until chocolate is softened and the mixture is melted and smooth when stirred. Cool mixture completely.

In a small mixing bowl, beat the whipping cream until stiff. Fold whipped cream into the cooled chocolate mixture. Spoon the mixture into the prepared crust. Cover and refrigerate four hours or until firm.

Just before serving, garnish the pie with the pie filling, whipped cream, and the extra mini kisses.

Monday, March 18, 2019


This is another old Southern Indiana recipe.

1 lb dry green split peas
2 qts water
1 meaty ham bone
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp dried marjoram, crushed
dash of pepper
1 cup finely chopped celery
1 cup diced carrot
1 tsp salt

Put the peas in a large saucepan and add the water. Let set to soak overnight. Next morning, add the ham bone, onion, garlic salt, marjoram, and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 2 hours stirring occasionally. Remove the bone and cut the meat from the bone. Cut meat into small pieces and return to the pot. Add the carrots, celery, and salt. Cook slowly for 45 minutes, stirring once in awhile.


Sunday, March 17, 2019


1/3 cup softened butter
1 egg
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 cups grated apples
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl combine the butter, egg, and sugar beating until fluffy. Blend in the baking soda, cinnamon, flour, salt, and vanilla. Stir in the apples and walnuts. Pour mixture into an ungreased 8-inch square baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Serve topped with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019


This is an old Hoosier recipe.


1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs


1 cup milk
4 tbsp flour
6 tbsp sugar
1 egg
few grains salt
1/4 tsp vanilla or other flavoring of your choice

To make the puffs: Combine the shortening and boiling water and continue to boil until the shortening melts. Add the flour and beat until mixture is smooth and thick and leaves the side of the pan. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each addition. The mixture should be a thick, heavy dough. Arrange on an oiled cookie sheet or shallow baking pan small rounds of dough, at least 3-inches apart.

Bake in a moderate oven (350 degrees) for 40 minutes or until the cream puffs are puffed up and brown all over. Cut just enough to fill with the cream filling.

To make the filling: In a saucepan combine the milk and sugar. Add the flour and whisk until smooth. Add the salt, then stir in the egg. Cook the mixture over low heat until thickened. Remove from heat, add the vanilla or other flavoring; stir to blend. Use to fill the puffs.

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Friday, March 15, 2019


This recipe is from an old church cookbook.

1 large pkg frozen peas
1 jar mushrooms stems and pieces
1 jar baby onions
3 tbsp butter

Prepare the peas as directed on the package and drain. Saute onions and mushrooms in butter. Add the drained peas to the onions and mushrooms. Stir gently to blend.


Thursday, March 14, 2019


3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 cups persimmon pulp
2 eggs
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp soda
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup raisins
1 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two loaf pans; set aside.

Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and soda into a bowl. Stir in the sugar. Stir the persimmon pulp and eggs into the mixture. Add the oil and mix well. Stir in the nuts and raisins. Pour into the prepared loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for about 55 minutes. The bread is done when a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019


This is another old Hoosier recipe.

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp paprika
3 tbsp honey
3 tbsp cider vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp celery seeds
1 cup thinly sliced celery
1 cup chopped celery leaves
1 grapefruit, peeled, sectioned, seeded
2 bananas, sliced (optional)
1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

In a blender contain combine the vegetable oil, sugar, mustard, paprika, honey, vinegar, and lemon juice. Process about half a minute. Stir in the celery seeds. In a bowl combine the celery, celery leaves, grapefruit, bananas, and 1/2 cup of the dressing from the blender. Stir all together very gently. Spoon the mixture into a large salad bowl; sprinkle with the nuts. Serve with the remaining dressing.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Monday, March 11, 2019


1 med head of cabbage
1 med green bell pepper
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup vinegar
1 cup sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Chop the cabbage and bell pepper in a large bowl. Add the chopped celery, salt and pepper. Dissolve the sugar in the oil and vinegar; add to the vegetables. Toss mixture together well. Refrigerate overnight or all day before serving.
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Sunday, March 10, 2019


This recipe was used in home economics classes in Texas during the 1950s.

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tbsp light corn syrup
1/2 cup evaporated milk
5 large marshmallows
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup pecan pieces

Place the granulated and brown sugars, corn syrup, and evaporated milk in a heavy bottomed 3-quart saucepan. Stir to blend. If available, clamp a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan. Do not let it touch the bottom of the pan. Cook the mixture over medium heat until the syrup reaches 238 degrees on the thermometer, the soft ball stage. If a candy thermometer is not available, have ready a small cup filled with ice water. They syrup is ready when a few drops of the syrup dropped into the water forms a ball which flattens out when picked up the the fingers. Replace the water for each test. Remove the syrup from the heat. Stir in the marshmallows. Add the remaining ingredients, beating until almost cool. Drop by tablespoons onto waxed paper to cool and set.
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