Winter Broccoli Salad

Easy cold weather salad that features broccoli, cauliflower and seedless grapes.  I love throwing this salad together in late fall and early winter.  Broccoli, cauliflower and seedless grapes is available in the produce section of the grocery stores during that season.  It is a hardy salad that goes well with a sandwich or soup.  It…

Cranberry Sauce Home Canned

I look forward every year to cranberry season.  There is nothing better than home canned cranberries.  Canning up the cranberries are a delicious way of enjoying them throughout the year.   My recipe is one that came from my mother that is very easy.  It is whole cranberry sauce that jells up.  Cranberries are full of…

Italian Christmas Cookies

This is a traditional recipe that was always made in Italian homes for special occasions when I was growing up.  I used to envy friends that had Italian grandmothers.  Before special holidays, their homes would smell of lemon or anise.  There would be trays of cookies drying on beds so they could be packed in…

Icebox Date Nut Cookies

Make ahead cookie dough and bake the next day. The buttery cookie is soft and chocked full of bits of dates and walnuts. Make the cookie dough the day before and roll into 6 inch logs. Refrigerate over night to slice and bake the next day. This cookie recipe was popular after WWII and calls…

Cranberry Toffee Refrigerator Cookies

Wonderful crispy toffee ice box cookie with a modern twist of dried cranberries and chocolate chips. Refrigerator cookies became popular after WWII when electric refrigerators became a modern marvel and housewives found wonderful ways to utilize it to help prepare food. The time that this cookie rests in the refrigerator develops the flavors and texture….

Old Henry Bars

This recipe was given to me when I was in Girl Scouts in the 1950’s. We traded cookie recipes to put together a recipe note book. It was part of a badge we were working on. Eventually several of the cookie recipes made into my mom’s recipe box. I later copied them for myself. I…

Pistachio Cookies (Small Batch)

A fun cookie to make and quick to make. It only takes a few ingredients and most of them you will have on hand. The recipe uses a small box of instant pistachio pudding mix, biscuit mix, oil, egg and a snack size bag of shelled pistachios. It makes between 12 to 18 cookies depending…

Old Fashion Sugar Tea Cakes

PA Dutch Recipe: Sugar Cakes-Era 1800’s This is another recipe that was handed down to me by a family member many decades ago. It is a wonderful soft cookie that is easy to make. You must use butter because you want a buttery flavor to the cookie. Also margarine will make the cookie spread and…

English Toffee Easy Microwave Recipe

I have been making this recipe for the last 20 years and it is so easy. The recipe came from Karo Syrup. I clipped it from a magazine ad featuring recipes using Karo Light Syrup. The ingredients are sugar, butter, corn syrup, chocolate chips and chopped almonds. I have a grandchild that can’t have nuts…

Old Fashion Prunella Quick Bread

Over the years I have seen recipes in old cookbooks for Prunella Cakes and Breads.  It is a recipe that doesn’t show up in modern cookbooks.  Originally prunes were chopped and added to the batter but this is a version that was popular in the mid 20th century made from using 2 jars of plum…