Sunday, August 27, 2017

Simple Classic Macaroni Salad

4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1 cup Dukes mayonnaise
1/4 cup white vinegar
2/3 cup white sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 
1 large vidalia onion 
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons chopped pimento

Cook and drain the macaroni.
Mix other ingredients and incorporate in with the elbows, mix well. Refrigerate at least 3 hours.

This is just a very simple Macaroni salad perfect for that cook-out, crab feast or any Summer time celebration.

Cinnamon Peach Cake

4 eggs
1 tablespoon Dukes mayonnaise
2 cups sugar
1 stick of butter
1 cup of whole milk
2 cups flour
1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
2 tsp vanilla
5 large fresh peaches sliced and skinned
For seasoning peaches and sprinkle
2 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 cup sugar

Pre-heat oven to 350

 Prepare your square baking pan with non-stick spray and line bottom with parchment paper. 

Slice and peel the peaches, and use half cup of the Cinnamon and sugar to the peaches stir and set aside.

Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl put the stick of butter and the milk and microwave until butter is melted. (do not boil)
Beat the eggs and mayonnaise together until smooth add vanilla

Mix milk with the dry ingredients alternately with the eggs slowly so the warm milk doesn't cook the eggs. 

Place batter in prepared pan, sprinkle some of the cinnamon and sugar on top, then place the peaches on top. 
Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon and sugar on top of peaches and bake for 45-50 minutes.
Serve warm with ice- cream.
 Or at room temp with a nice cup of coffee for a great afternoon treat!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Harry's Ham and Noodles

2 ham steaks                
1 medium onion
3 celery stalks chopped
1/2 green pepper chopped
1 bag of egg noodles cooked
3 cans of cream of mushroom soup
1 C shredded cheese
1 cup bread crumbs
4 T butter (divided)

Cut ham into small bite size cubes,
In a dutch oven saute's Onions, Celery, and Pepper along with the ham. Cook until veggies are translucent.

Combine cooked egg noodles, veggies, ham and soup. Stir well and transfer to a baking dish. 
In a skillet, use remaining butter and bread crumbs, melt the butter add the bread crumbs.
Now top with the remaining cheese,and sprinkle bread crumbs on top. 
Bake at 350 until hot and just starts to bubble . 

Makes great left overs too.   

Mayonnaise Cake

2 C flour, sifted
1 C sugar
1 C mayonnaise
1/2 C water
1/2 C evaporated milk
4 T cocoa
2 t baking soda
1 t vanilla

Sift dry ingredients together. Add remaining ingredients and stir lightly to blend.
Bake in 2 8 inch pans at 350 for 30 minutes.

Cooks Note: Dorothy sometimes makes a 3 layer cake by adding half again to the ingredients. 
She uses white, vanilla or cream cheese icing.

They have been making this cake for 70 years!

Jack Schneider's Mother's Poor Man's Fruit Cake

1 lb raisins
4 cups water
1/2 lb butter

3 1/2 C flour
2 C sugar
1/2 t salt
2 t cinnamon
2 t ground nutmeg
1 t allspice 
1 t ground cloves
2 t baking soda
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1 C walnuts finely chopped

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour a tube pan.

Boil raisins in water for 30 minutes. Set aside and add butter , and allow to melt.
Mix dry ingredients until evenly mixed together. Add the raisin mixture and blend together.
Add eggs, vanilla, and nuts and mix until thoroughly blended.

Add batter to greased and floured pan. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 1 hour. 

This is a gently spiced , very moist cake that was enjoyed every Christmas. Dorothy thinks it is from the Depression.

Edna May's Barbecue

3 lbs ground beef
6 onions,chopped
4 T mustard
3/4 bottle of catsup
Salt and pepper to taste

Saute' onions until tender. Add ground beef and saute' until the ground beef loses it's color. Add mustard, catsup, salt and pepper. Simmer until flavors are well mixed.

Cooks Note: Correct seasonings to taste. More sweetness add more catsup, more tartness add more mustard.

Serve on buns, or just serve on white bread. 

Hutzler's Celery Seed Dressing

1 C sugar
2 t dry mustard
2 t salt
1 T celery seed
1 grated onion
2 C oil (they used vegetable oil)
3/4 c vinegar

Mix dry ingredients in a blender. Add onion, oil and vinegar and blend on stir speed for 2 minutes, until all ingredients are homogenized.

Dorothy and Edna May's Grandmother's Crab Cakes

1 lb crab meat ( she used regular,Dorothy uses Lump)
2 t Old Bay or more to taste

2 t parsley flakes or chopped fresh parsley
2T Mayonnaise
1/2 t prepared mustard ( like French's)
2 slices of bread, broken into small pieces
1 egg

Beat the egg. Mix all ingredients, except crab meat. Fold gently into crab meat so as not to break up the crab meat.
Broil for 10 minutes or until browned. These can also be fried.

Sausage Gravy & Hash-brown Breakfast Casserole


16 oz can of Grand's biscuits
10 eggs
1 lb Jimmy Dean sausage 
2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 bag of hash brown potatoes cooked
1 package of Bob Evans Sausage Gravy (2 envelopes per package, use both)
3/4 Cup of whole milk
1/2 t pepper
1/2 t salt
Dash of cayenne pepper if desired
9x13 inch baking dish, lightly greased
Pre-heat oven to 350

Brown the sausage in a skillet, drain off fat.
Cut biscuits into 1 inch pieces and line bottom of the baking dish with them.Then place the sausage over the biscuits. Put half of the shredded cheese on top. Now put the has browns on top of that .
Whisk together the eggs, milk ,salt, pepper,and cayenne pepper.
Pour over the potatoes , then sprinkle the remaining cheese over that.
Open the 2 packs of Bob Evans Sausage Gravy and spread it evenly over the contents of the casserole. 
Bake covered for 35 minutes, then uncover and bake 10 minutes or until it starts to brown on top. 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Crack Slaw

1 lb ground beef
1T.+1t olive oil
1t minced garlic
4 cups shredded cabbage
1/2 C chopped green onion
Salt and Pepper to taste

1/2 t sugar free sweetener, granulated
1/2 t ginger paste or fresh grated ginger
1 t white vinegar
2T soy sauce
1/2 t chili paste 

In a large skillet, combine minced garlic with ground beef and brown over medium heat.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Meanwhile , combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl, mix.
Drain any fat from the beef and discard.Remove beef from pan and set aside.
In the same skillet heat olive oil over med. heat and add the cabbage and onion. Stir fry until cabbage is wilted and tender.
Stir in the sauce and add the meat, stir to combine. Serve hot. 

2 servings.

Cook's credit goes to Janeva Eickhoff.

This is our favorite recipe from her collections so far.
Note: I also use this same sauce to make " mock fried rice" I use either chicken or shrimp. We put a head of cauliflower in the food processor and make cauliflower rice .In a fry pan saute the cauliflower, when just tender add onion, sauce and cooked protein. ( 1 lb of protein)
2 servings.

Low Carb Mock Shrimp Scampi

1lb wild caught raw jumbo shrimp shelled
1/2 head of cabbage shredded
1T dried onions, minced or chopped
1T olive oil
1 McCormick Shrimp Scampi seasoning packet
3 T of Walden Farms Italian dressing
3 T of Walden farms Ketchup
10 cherry tomatoes sliced in half 
Fresh Ground  Pepper

Place olive oil in a deep fry pan and heat, then add
the shredded cabbage and the onions. Stir around and then add the Scampi seasoning.Slowly saute and add the Italian Dressing and the Ketchup, continue cooking until the cabbages is tender, then add the shrimp, simmer until shrimp is done.
Serve with fresh ground pepper.
This serves 2.
This is low carb &  low sugar.  

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Chicken Wild Rice Soup

1 cup raw wild rice
3 T butter
1 onion chopped
1/2 lb mushrooms chopped
3 carrots finely chopped
2 cups chicken broth + 1/2 cup for cooking chicken
3 T flour
2 cups cream
2 large skinless, boneless diced chicken breasts cooked
Salt and pepper to taste
chicken stock for cooking rice (see package for liquid amounts)
1 tsp sherry

Cook rice according to directions. In a heavy pot, melt the butter add the onion,mushrooms and carrots. Saute in butter for 5 minutes, add the 2 cups of chicken broth, simmer to make sure veggies are tender.
Then take a stick blender and blend half of the veggies for just a minute, this helps make soup thicker.Just blend a small portion. Then add 1 T of flour and the cream. Stir and simmer low until hot.
While you are cooking the chicken, (cook it in 1/2 cup chicken broth), once it is done add 2 T of flour and mix it well, then add to the broth and veggie mixture, stir well, and simmer. This helps thicken the soup.Then add the cooked rice to this and stir. Add sherry.  Gently cook on very low to warm for about 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
Serve and enjoy.

I had this soup while in Minnesota, at Grandma's Restaurant. It was so good I tried to get the recipe from luck. So here is what I think works and my Harry tells me it's even better.

Sunday, March 23, 2014


1 11 OZ. CAN OF YELLOW CORN(if desired)
1 bag of shelled Edamame (cooked)
1 small bunch of Cilantro chopped
1 small Jalapeno pepper diced 
AVOCADO (sliced on top if desired)  


Wednesday, December 25, 2013





Tuesday, December 24, 2013

No Chefs Allowed, Just Cooks: Cheesecake Cheesecake Cheesecake

No Chefs Allowed, Just Cooks: Cheesecake Cheesecake Cheesecake: 2 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs 1/2 Cup ( 1 stick) of Butter, melted 1 Cup Sugar* divided 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon 1 Teaspoon cornstarch 2 L...


Saturday, December 14, 2013


1 C chopped pecans or walnuts
1 box yellow cake mix
1   3 3/4 pkg vanilla instant pudding
4 eggs
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup Wesson oil
1/2 cup dark rum 80 proof
(if using yellow cake mix with pudding already in mix, omit the pudding and use 3 eggs instead of 4 , and  1/3 cup oil in stead of 1/2.)
1/4 lb butter
1/4 cup water
1 cup granulate sugar
1/2 cup dark rum
Preheat oven to 325, Grease and flour 10 inch tube pan or a 12 cup bundt pan. Sprinkle nuts in pan.  Mix all ingredients for cake and pour batter over nuts. Bake 1 hour.
Coll, invert on serving plate. Prick top with tooth pick all over top and sides. ***see glaze recipe below***Spoon and brush glaze evenly over top and sides. Allow cake to absorb glaze , Repeat until glaze is used up.

Glaze: Melt butter in sauce pan stir in water and sugar, boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in rum. 
I make this every year at Christmas time. It is always a huge hit.

Sunday, October 27, 2013


1 T butter , softened
1 Cup sugar
2 1/2 Cups Flour
3 T baking powder
1 1/2 Cups milk
3/4 cup sugar
2 t cinnamon
5 large peaches, peeled and sliced
2 T butter, melted

With  an electric mixer, blend the first five ingredients. Spread in a greased and floured jelly roll pan. 15 X 10 jelly roll pan
Mix together the 3/4  cup sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle half the mixture lightly over the dough base.
Arrange peach slices in rows on top of cinnamon sugar. Sprinkle with remainder of the cinnamon sugar mixture and drizzle melted butter over all.
Bake for 25-30 minutes in preheated 350 degree oven.
Cool, then slice into small squares.

Cook's Note: If it is not peach season, you can use frozen peaches, just thaw them first. I imagine home canned peaches would be wonderful too!

This is an old recipe that is very popular in Baltimore. We used to get ours at a bakery in Woodlawn, Baltimore County, called " Silber's Bakery". When they closed, the bakery was taken over by the Bauhauf family. They continued on with the traditions from the previous owners and continued to make all the wonderful yummy things that the Silber family was famous for. Years later it was sold again and the picture below is how it was for years. I believe it is for sale again.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

1 head of Cauliflower
2 bunches broccoli
1 1/2 C shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/ 2 lb bacon cooked crisp and broken into pieces
2 Cups mayonnaise
3/4 cup sugar
1 small onion diced
3 T white vinegar

Mix the mayo, sugar onion and vinegar well. Cut up the Cauliflower and Broccoli in bite size pieces. Place in a big mixing  bowl, add cheese and bacon. Pour the mayo dressing you made over the veggies and mix well.
Place in a nice serving bowl and put in the fridge. Best if you can let it rest in fridge for 2 hours. This lets the flavors mingle a little. You may need to mix before serving.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Roasted Pepper Cream Sauce

6 ounces of Silken Tofu
1 T cream cheese
1 garlic clove chopped
5 T grated Parmesan cheese
1 T feta cheese
2T milk
2 T butter
1/4 t pepper
6 baby sweet peppers (any color) roasted
1 Jalapeno pepper roasted  (yo will only use half of it)

Clean skin off peppers, seed and peel Jalapeno and use half
Put all  ingredients in a Vitamix Blender
Blend for 4 minutes until smooth and hot.
Toss with hot pasta and serve.
( if you do not have a Vitamix, heat everything in a sauce pan until cheeses and butter are melted, then put in your blender gradually going to high, add a tiny bit more milk if it is too thick for your blender, blend until smooth).

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Ty's Thai Salad with Sweet Cilantro Dressing


Thai Salad

1 head of Napa Cabbage, shredded
1 head red cabbage, shredded
1 large cucumber, julienned ( I used a vegetable peeler)
1 10 oz bag shelled edamame, cooked and cooled
2 carrots, peeled and grated
2 green onions, finely sliced

In a large bowl, toss the cabbages, cucumber, edamame, carrots and green onions.

Sweet Lime-Cilantro Dressing

2 cups olive oil
1 1/2 cups finely chopped fresh cilantro( no stems, and I used my food processor)
1 cup sugar ( next time I am going to decrease the sugar to half and see how it is)
2 cloves garlic minced 
Juice of 2 large limes
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1 avocado, peeled and sliced

Mince Cilantro, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Top each serving of salad with 2 T of the dressing( shake well and stir good before putting on salad) and 2 slices of avocado for garnish. I put the dressing for storage in a big mason jar for easy access.

Cooks note: You can also add 2 boneless chicken breasts cooked, chilled and thinly sliced.

** I really enjoyed this salad and the dressing! Taste is by itself before adding to the salad because it is amazing. I think it would be wonderful on chicken!  I am going to try with less sugar, only because it is really sweet. But oh so yummy, I swear!

OH, I saw Trisha Yearwood make this salad with Garth on her cooking show and it just looked so good I had to try it.....Trisha got it from a friend, and I am passing it on to my friends, so enjoy! 

Sunday, June 9, 2013


1 very large stock pot

12 cups water
3 Knorr Beef bullion cubes
2 Knorr Chicken bullion cubes
1 large bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
1 small can of tomato sauce
1 15 oz can of petite cut diced tomatoes
1 bottle of Natty Boh Beer
2 slightly rounded teaspoons of Old Bay Seasoning( dont add more until after you've added the claws and cook for a 10 minutes to see if more is really needed or not)
1 bag of shredded cabbage (only use 3/4 of the bag)
1 small box frozen corn
1 small box frozen peas
1 small box frozen lima beans
1 small bag cut green beans
5 stalks of celery chopped
1 large onion chopped
5 carrots, peeled and chopped
5 very large potatoes peeled and cubed
4 slices of pre cooked bacon chopped
1 small container of claw meat
10 crab claws left over from steamed crabs
2 crabs, ( cleaned, and crack the bodies in half)

Make the liquid base adding the first 10 ingredients, cook on medium while you prep the veggies. Add the celery, cabbage, carrots and onion to the soup. Cook for about 20 minutes, then add the other veggies, and bacon. While they cook, cut up your potatoes in  good size cubes, add to soup and cook  for 30 minutes.
Once you feel the potatoes are cooked, add the claws, crab, and crab meat. Cook for 20 minutes.  You can keep the pot on 'warm" until ready to serve.
This is a large amount, so there is plenty to share!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Vegetarian Chili ( Crock-pot Recipe)

2 bags of Boca Crumbles (thawed)
1 packet of McCormick chili seasoning
1 teaspoon of cumin
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of chili powder
2 teaspoons of dried minced onion
2 small cans of tomato sauce, and 2 cans of water
1 15 oz can of Rotel diced tomatoes & green chilies
( I use mild everything)

Place all ingredients in  your crock-pot set on Low , stir everything to mix well, and put the lid on. Cook on low for 7-8 hours.
Serve in a bowl with a little cheddar cheese sprinkled on top.

This is a very thick chili, if you like yours soup like, only use 1 bag of the Boca Crumbles.
I actually liked this better than using ground turkey. The flavor is the same as when I used ground beef.

Also in 90% lean ground beef there are 49 calories per ounce. With Boca crumbles, there are 60 calories per  2 ounces and zero fat. A good source of protein as well.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Lemon, frozen

I was given this tip and I am going to share it with you. 
Take a lemon, or them in the freezer. Once frozen, and you need to add a little lemon, either zest or flavoring, just take the frozen lemon out of the freezer and grate with a grater onto or into what ever you are making. Use skin and all. I think this is a really wonderful idea!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Basil Spinach Hummus and Roasted Turkey Wrap

This is a nice light wrap, perfect for a quick lunch. It's filling and full of flavor. You can switch it up using any flavor wrap you'd like. The Sun dried tomato,or Spinach flavor wraps would work just as well as this whole wheat version.   


1 box of frozen spinach thawed and drained of water
1 can of chick peas
1 tablespoon of prepared pesto sauce
Olive oil as needed for proper texture

In your food processor all above ingredients and process well until it is consistency of hummus.(adding olive oil as needed for a smooth consistency).


1 whole wheat tortilla wrap
prepared basil spinach hummus
3 slices of roasted turkey (deli style)
1 slice muenster cheese
2-3 avocado slices
2-3 slices of tomato
fresh spinach leaves

Spread hummus on wrap, 

Place turkey slices and tomato 

Next cheese and avocado slices

Top with Spinach and fold into a wrap.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Spring Cleaning

Time to think about Spring Cleaning. And each new season, I go through my kitchen cabinets and check all of the "sell by" dates on dry goods and canned goods. You would be surprised at what you've been moving around thinking oh that will never go bad. Like rice. Did you know brown rice has a much shorter shelf life than white rice? Also those little seasoning packages you may pick up but forgot to use. Check the dates. Dry goods may seem to be able to last forever, but some will develop molds, especially those with some sort of oil or shortening mixed in like the baking mixes.
I'm trying to get away from chemicals for cleaning. Vinegar is a wonderful multi use ingredient. 
1 cup vinegar
1 cup water
1 spray bottle
There you go a perfect cleaner. ( not for grout or stone).
Instead of comet, or ajax, or one of those other scouring cleaners, here is an alternative.
1 1/2 C baking soda
1/2 C water
Make a paste, and store in a bowl or jar.
Use it like you would a scouring product. 
I'm adding a  few links to give you some ideas.  

Thursday, March 14, 2013


Have you ever thought of carrots  when you are roasting all of those healthy veggies? Well it was only recently that I had a large amount of carrots that I thought, humm? What can I do with these besides boil, or make a cake, or salad? 
I decided to slice them lengthwise toss them around in a little olive oil, and placed them on a cookie sheet, pop them in the oven and roast them.
Much to my surprise they were wonderful, and sweet. 

Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees
If you have large carrots,peel and slice them lengthwise. Smaller carrots you can peel, and roast whole. I do not suggest using those little pre- peeled baby carrots. Those little baby carrots  do not have the wonderful sweet flavor fresh whole carrots have. 
On a cookie sheet with non-stick foil, spray with olive oil spray, or drizzle a little on them tossing to cover and pop the sheet into the oven. Depending on the thickness of the carrots, 20 to 30 minutes will roast them nicely. Just watch them so they do not burn.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


I came across this recipe a few years ago and thought I'd give it a try. I'm so glad I did. I had never had Panettone Bread before , and fell in love with it. I have to limit myself to just a little or I would eat the entire loaf. This Bread Pudding recipe does it justice. I hope you give it a try, I know your family will enjoy it as much as mine does.  

Bread Pudding:
1 loaf Panettone bread, crusts trimmed, bread cut into 1-inch cubes
8 large eggs
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
2 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/4 cups sugar

Cinnamon Syrup:

1 cup water
1 cup dark brown sugar packed
2 tablespoons whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the syrup:
Combine 1 cup of water and brown sugar in a heavy medium size sauce pan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Boil until the syrup reduces to 1 cup, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in the cinnamon. Keep warm.( It can be made 1 day ahead. Cool , then cover and refrigerate. Re-warm before serving.

For the pudding:  

Lightly butter a 13 X9 X2 inch baking dish. Arrange the bread cubes in a prepared dish. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, cream, milk and sugar to blend. Pour the custard over the bread cubes and press the cubes gently to submerge. Let stand for 30 minutes, occasionally pressing the cubes into the custard mixture. Can be prepared 2 hours ahead, cover and refrigerate)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Bake until the pudding puffs and is set in the center about 45 minutes. Cool slightly. Spoon the bread pudding into bowls. Drizzle with warm Cinnamon Syrup and serve...

I make this for Christmas since in our area it's the only time the grocery stores sell this bread. The family loves it. They think it doesn't even need the syrup, you be the judge on that . A scoop of vanilla ice-cream next to that warm bread pudding is just wonderful! 

Monday, November 19, 2012


One of the first dishes I learned to make during my Home Ec. class....way back in Woodlawn Jr. High School. Thanks to Mrs. Karpook, you were a great teacher!

1 Can Campbells Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/2  C milk
1 C peas
2 cans drained tuna
1/4 of a 12 pk pack of medium egg noodles (about 2 cups) cooked and drained.
1/4 C crushed potato chips (or 2T  plain dry bread crumbs)
1T butter, melted (omit this if you are using potato chips)

Heat oven to 400 . Stir the soup, milk peas and tuna and noodles and pour into a 1 1/2- qt casserole .  Sprinkle the potato chips on top.  ( if using bread crumbs,then stir the bread crumbs in the melted butter and sprinkle on top.)
Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbling and hot. 

My husband can not eat peas, so I use cut green beans in place of the peas. 

This is such a quick and easy comfort food dish to make . I can come home from work, toss everything together, put it in the oven and have a meal ready in no time at all.  

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Labor of Love reaches # 200

I am so excited. My labor of love has hit it's 200th recipe. Please join me in celebrating food and family. Traditions that bring back loving memories of family and friends. I was actually brought to tears with my 200th entry. How could I have not , it was my Dads favorite. Love and miss you Daddy.

See the Recipe that follows, Dad's favorite Banana Pudding !

Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding

3/4 C granulated sugar, divided
1/3 C flour
dash salt
3 large eggs separated
2 cups whole milk
1/2 t vanilla
45 Nilla Wafers, divided
5 bananas, sliced

Mix 1/2 cup sugar, flour and salt in top of a double boiler. Blend in 3 egg yolks and milk. Cook, uncovered over boiling water 10 to 12 minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
Reserve 12 wafers for garnish. Spread small amount of custard onto bottom of a 1-1/2 qt baking dish. Cover with layers of 1/3 each of the remaining wafers, bananas and remaining custard . Repeat layers 2 times.
Beat egg whites on high speed of mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar until stiff peaks form. Spread over custard, sealing well to edge of dish
Bake  at 35 degrees for  15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly. Top with reserved wafers just before serving ( optional)
This recipe as you know has been around forever!  It was one that my father used to make for us, and it was one of his most favorite treats. After I got married, and the family would come for Thanksgiving, or Christmas I would make this just for him. Miss you Daddy! This one is for you! 


My Grandmother used to make these, especially for my Mother. She made them around Holiday time.
They are just so yummy.

4 1/2 C powdered sugar
2/3 C sweetened condensed milk 
1 1/2 t vanilla
1/4 t salt
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans (optional)
4 dozen whole pitted dates
Granulated sugar 

Mix powdered sugar, milk and vanilla and salt and if using, pecans.  Kneed until well blended. Place in a bowl and refrigerate overnight.

When ready, use a knife to make a slit lengthwise down the date, and stuff it with some of the fondant mixture. Close the date a little, leaving the stuffing showing and then roll in the granulated sugar all over. Repeat . Makes 4 dozen stuffed dates.


1 container of fresh shucked oysters
flour for dredging
3 eggs beaten
salt and pepper
oil for frying
large iron skillet

There are no "exact" ingredients. This is one of those recipes you use the eye on how much to use. You know how your Grandmother said " a little of this, a little of that".
In a bowl, pour out the oysters, check for shells pieces with your fingers.
Have a dredging station...a bowl for flour, a bowl for egg, and a bowl with the oysters in it.

Take a nice large oyster, or two if small, dip in beaten eggs, then flour,gently rolling from hand to hand to drop off excess flour, and and repeat. Place on a plate.
Repeat until all oysters are used and you have a plate full.
 Cover the plate with wrap, place the plate in the fridge for 2 hours. 
Now it's time to fry, get your Iron Skillet ready with enough oil heated for frying. If you have a deep fryer...good for you, use it!
Once your oil is hot (not smoking hot) you are ready to fry. Place oysters in the frying pan leaving room in between so you can turn them over easily. They only take a few minutes on each side, just until they are a nice golden brown. Then lay them out on paper towels to drain the grease. Salt and pepper while hot.

We like cocktail sauce for dipping. But it not unheard of to see Fried Oyster Subs on the menu...

My sister and I love these.  Remember here in Maryland, we use the "ber" as our guide. We buy them only in months with the "ber" in them, September, October, November, December...
Hope you try these, they are so good.!

Saturday, November 17, 2012


2  1/2  C Bisquick
1/2 C Raisins
2/3 C  Milk
2 T sugar
1 t ground cinnamon

Mix above ingredients until dough forms. ( 20 strokes) Drop dough by rounded spoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet ( I still use no stick foil). Bake 12 minutes at 350.

Glaze: 2/3 c powdered sugar, 1 T warm water, 1/4 t vanilla

Mix above ingredients until smooth, use a hand mixer...Drizzle over Whingers while still warm. 

Anyone remember Hardee's ? They had these yummy sweet biscuits . Well these are much like those.  




3 Strips of cooked bacon, drained, but save the grease.
1/2 Head red cabbage chopped or shredded
1/2 C vinegar
1/2 C sugar

Heat bacon grease, vinegar and sugar. Add cabbage and crumbled bacon. Cook until cabbage is tender.

( To have this sugar free/ low carb, omit sugar and in it's place use Splenda, or artificial sweetener that can take the heat of cooking, the amount will change according to packaging.)



Allow potatoes to thaw completely. Mix next 5 ingredients and turn into a greased 8 1/2 X 11 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with crushed corn flakes and drizzle with melted butter. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees. Serves 12

Thursday, November 15, 2012


1/2 C Dukes Mayonnaise ( or what brand you like)
1/2 C Sour Cream
1 14 oz jar of artichoke hearts, drained, and chopped ( you can also use marinated hearts also)
1/3 C grated Parmesan cheese
1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

Stir all ingredients until well mixed. Spoon into a small oven proof dish. 
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until bubbly, this will make 2 cups.

Serve with your favorite assortment of crackers.

This recipe was popular in the mid 70's. I do remember the first time I had this at a Holiday Party. Both my husband and I could not figure out what the main ingredient was, but we just loved this. It was much later when we realized it was artichokes.  

Monday, November 12, 2012

Overnight Crock pot Oatmeal


  • 2 cups steel cut oats
  • 1 cup dried cranberries or raisins                         
  • 1 cup dried figs(optional)
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup


In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients and set to low heat. Cover and let cook for 8 to 9 hours.
Stir and remove to serving bowls. This method works best if started before you go to bed. This way your oatmeal will be finished by morning.

** Feel free to add anything to your oatmeal; nuts, chopped apples, dried fruit of any kind.**
Enjoy, and there is enough left over to put in containers , ready to microwave and take to work each morning, this is what I do. There's nothing like a hot bowl of oatmeal on a chilly morning with a cup of coffee to really get you started for your day!