Saturday, September 21, 2019


A old recipe from my days as a youngster in Southern Indiana. I have made an adjustment or two to bring it more up to date.

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 1/4 cup tomato sauce
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
dash of fresh ground black pepper
approximately 6 cups fresh zucchini, sliced lengthwise
1 cup large curd cottage cheese
1 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese

In a medium-sized skillet brown the ground beef over medium heat, stirring to break up. Drain well. Return meat to skillet and stir in the tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Arrange half the zucchini slices in the bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan or dish. Spoon on half the ground beef mixture followed by half the cottage cheese. Sprinkle half of the shredded mozzarella cheese over the cottage cheese. Repeat the layers using the remaining ingredients in the same order. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 40 minutes.
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Friday, September 20, 2019


Before everyone corrects me, I know that is not how we spell coconut. However, I have promised to always put these recipes on as they are written. Coconut is spelled cocoanut everywhere it is mentioned in this old recipe from the 1950s.

It was suggested this is a good pie "As winter fades into history and spring comes breezing in." So I thought this would be the perfect time to post it. Enjoy! (I first posted this in January 2011. It was so popular I am reposting.

3 tbls. sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups milk
2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 1/3 cups tender-thin flaked cocoanut
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tbls. butter
2 egg whites
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup dates, thinly sliced and sprinkled with: 2 tbls. lemon juice
1 baked 9-inch pie shell

Combine the 3 tbls. sugar, cornstarch, and salt in the top of double boiler. Add milk and egg yolks, stirring until smooth. Then add 1 cup of the cocoanut. Cook over boiling water 5 minutes, or until thickened, stirring constantly. Cover and cook 10 minutes longer. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla and butter. Beat egg whites until foamy; add 1/4 cup sugar gradually, and beat until stiff. Fold in hot mixture. Cool 5 minutes. Fold in dates. Pour filling into pie shell and sprinkle with remaining cocoanut. Chill until set.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019


This is a very old pie recipe from my childhood in Southern Indiana. To the best of my memory (which is at times questionable!), it is a Hoosier version basically of the South's Sweet Potato Pie.

1 cup grated carrots
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 unbaked pie crust

Mix all ingredients together well and put into unbaked crust. Bake in 325 degree oven for 25 minutes or until it tests done like any other filled pie.

(Don't you just love the instructions for testing doneness?)

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019


This was my late cousin, Judy's, recipe for brownies. They are very good.

3/4 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp baking soda
2/3 cup oil*, divided
1/2 cup boiling water
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 1/3 cups flour
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
chopped nuts**, optional

Stir cocoa and baking soda together in a mixing bowl. Blend in 1/3 cup of the oil. Add the boiling water and stir until thickened. Stir in sugar, eggs, and the remaining third cup of oil. Stir until smooth. Add the flour, vanilla and salt. Pour into a lightly greased 13 x 9 x2-inch baking pan or 2 8-inch square pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes for oblong pan or 30-32 minutes for square pans. Cool. Frost with your favorite chocolate frosting, if desired.

*To update this recipe, use canola oil for its' health benefits.
**In Southern Indiana we often used hickory nuts. Pecans are a good substitution. Or use your favorite nuts.
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Tuesday, September 17, 2019


I found this recipe in one of my late mother's boxes of recipe clippings. This one is from my Great-Aunt Truly. I'm sure this recipe is as old as I am, maybe older, and I am a senior citizen!

1 cup fresh pears
1 cup apples
1 cup crushed pineapple
pineapple juice
1/2 cup oranges slices, cut up
1 cup sugar

Peel, and core, both pears and apples and then measure, put through food chopper and measure amount needed for 1 cup of each. Dice the orange slices in small pieces. Mix all ingredients together, using juice from the pineapple, and boil for 20 minutes. Seal in hot jelly jars.

(I love the instructions. That is why I don't change these old recipe instructions. They are too funny the way they are.)

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Monday, September 16, 2019


My mother and grandmother crocheted a lot and used this recipe to stiffen their doilies after washing them.

3/4 cup cornstarch
2 tbs. turpentine
2 tbs borax
1 quart cold water

Mix water, cornstarch, and borax good. Be sure dissolved. Add turpentine. Dip and squeeze and roll in towel. Let stand for two hours or more.

(Good grief. I never had a clue! No wonder they were always telling us kids to stay away from their handiwork that was so pretty on tables!)

Sunday, September 15, 2019


This is a recipe from Southern Indiana when I was a child in the 40s-50s. It was suggested as "a good recipe when the homemaker has a last minute schedule change and appreciates a good one-dish meal for her family."

2 tbs. shortening
5 potatoes, medium size
1 lb fresh sausage
2 large onions, sliced
3 tbs. chopped green pepper*
1 can tomato soup
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Melt shortening in skillet. Slice potatoes, brown in fat and push to one side, then brown sausage patties on both sides. Place potatoes, onions, peppers, and seasoning over sausage. Pour tomato soup over all.

Cover and when steam comes from under lid, turn fire low and cook about 45 minutes or until meat and vegetables are well done.

*A green bell pepper

Saturday, September 14, 2019


This is a recipe my late cousin gave to me many years ago.

2 to 3 cans of crab meat
2 cans jalapeno peppers (approximately 17) peppers
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped mushrooms
1 tbsp garlic (comes in a jar)
salt to taste
pepper to taste
3 eggs
1/4 cup milk
crushed saltine crackers to make cracker meal
Vegetable oil for frying

Saute onion, mushrooms, garlic, salt and pepper in butter or margarine. Add the drained crab meat and mix together well.

Slice jalapenos lengthwise and remove seeds (important to remove seeds as they are hot). Wear gloves to remove seeds. Slice down one side only.

Generously stuff the peppers with the crab meat mixture.

Combine the eggs and milk, whisk to combine. Dip the stuffed peppers in the mixture. Roll in the cracker meal. Dip in the egg mixture a second time and roll in cracker meal again.

Drop into preheated oil and deep fry 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels.
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CHA GIO (Vietnamese Egg Rolls)

This is a recipe from my friend who married one of our American soldiers in Viet Nam. My daughter married their son and we became good friends. This is one of her favorite family recipes (And they are very good!)

1 lb lean ground beef
1 lb lean ground pork
1/2 lb carrots, shredded
1 onion, minced
2 eggs, beaten
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 pkg rice papers (found in the ethnic food section of most grocery stores)
warm water

Soak minced onion in a bowl of water and a little salt for 10-15 minutes.

Mix eggs, meats, and carrots. Drain onion and squeeze out excess water. Add onion to the meat mixture. Add salt and pepper; mix well.

Fill a large bowl 1/2 to 3/4 full of warm water. Dip rice papers, one at a time, in the warm water until wet. Place meat filling into the rice paper; roll up and seal.

Drop rolls into hot cooking oil and fry over medium heat until golden brown. Serve with rice, lettuce, and fish sauce.
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Thursday, September 12, 2019


I got this recipe some time ago from another recipe sight I belong to. A Mrs. Jones said this is her grandmother-in-law's depression era chocolate pie recipe. So good!