Growing up in the 1950's, my mom, aunts, and female cousins were all making fudge. It didn't require fancy and expensive ingredients like chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, or marshmallow cream that those West Virginia farm girls didn't have. It was made with basic ingredients they found in their kitchens. If the too soft candy… Continue reading Old Fashioned Hershey’s Cocoa Fudge
Even those of us who like to cook, don't like to cook all of the time. In the middle of doing other, more important things, the need to stop what we're doing to prepare a meal can be a bother. I'm always excited to find a new "from scratch" recipe that is both tasty and… Continue reading Fast Fix Steak with Mushroom Gravy
Most of our grandmas were not fussy bakers. They didn’t have the time. Household and farm chores kept them busy through much of the year. When peaches came ripe, grandma took advantage the surplus by canning quart jars of the sweet summer fruit to be enjoyed through the winter. During peach season, Grandma's simple cobbler… Continue reading Grandma’s Fresh and Easy Peach Cobbler
If it's July it's blueberry season. Blueberries are one of the easiest crops you can grow. I give them some acid loving fertilizer in the spring and put a layer of mulch beneath them, but otherwise you just plant the bushes in a sunny spot and let them grow. I've heard of people planting them… Continue reading Easy as a Fresh Blueberry Pie!
I've been searching cookie recipes this week. Looking for some things that are new and different to add to my list of family favorites. It has not been an easy task. Website recipe reviews aren't terribly reliable. Have you ever wondered how one person can rate a recipe with five stars and call it "the… Continue reading Tips for Baking a Better Cookie
I found this recipe in my early twenties when I was first learning to cook. Each week I would visit our local library and borrow a stack of cookbooks which I read in the evenings as if they were novels. I found many of my favorite recipes that way, including this one. As I recall,… Continue reading A Favorite Recipe: USDA Pecan Pie
I watched my DVD of "The Homecoming" the other night. In the movie, Olivia Walton bakes her traditional Christmas applesauce cake. Feeling inspired, I went looking for the recipe. I found a number of recipes for "Olivia Walton's Applesauce Cake." One recipe said "this is the cake she made in the movie." (It wasn't). One… Continue reading “The Homecoming” Christmas Applesauce Cake
I don't know when this recipe was first published but I first became aware of it in the mid-60s. It was part of an advertisement for Crisco shortening and M&M's in one of my mother's magazines. In those days, recipes were often a part of a advertisements for some product or another. My mother cut… Continue reading Start the New Year with M&M Party Cookies