Cranberry Molded Salad

Old fashioned cranberry molded salad recipe that I have been making for many years.  This is from the first half of the 20th century when congealed salads was very popular.  The newspapers always featured these type of salads on a regular basis because readers sent them in to share.  Refrigeration was new as towns became…

Banana Upside Down Cake

I spent time looking for a recipe for this cake that was inexpensive to make and that did require anything out of the ordinary pantry.  I like this one because it is made in a iron skillet.  Actually any skillet would work that have oven safe handle.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Easy to make old fashion recipe.  It used up overripe bananas that you have going to waste. It is inexpensive because it calls for margarine.  It is a soft drop cookie like oatmeal raisin cookies. It makes about 3 dozen cookies. I used my holiday cookie pans that I have collected over the years from…

Banana Bundt Cake with Penuche Frosting

Quick and easy fun bundt cake to make using up ripe bananas.  What makes it so easy is that it is made from a yellow cake mix.  I was a little intimidated with the idea of making a cooked frosting but it turned out not to be that hard.  It actually went fast.  You just…

Banana Date Nut Bread

It has been a long hot summer with me with too much going on ending with a Hurricane.  I am looking forward to a cooler fall and winter.  Here in Florida we are just now starting to get cool fronts coming in to cool things down especially at night.  This now leaves me time to…

Bran Applesauce Quick Bread

This is a nice do ahead breakfast or brunch bread.  You can make it beforehand for a addition to a family breakfast.  It is also yummy for a midday snack with a  cup of coffee. It is really easy to make and it uses up bran flakes that are going stale in your cupboard. In…

Cranberry Orange Jelly

I receive bottled fruit juice often from my local food bank. Recently they were distributing a large bottles of pure orange juice that required no refrigeration until opened.  This juice is very tart and needs to have sugar added to it to drink.  It dawned on me that it would make great jelly.  I also…

Fresh Strawberry Meringue Pie

This pie is an old recipe that I have had since I was a kid in the 1950’s. The pie crust must have it’s roots in Australia’s desert, pavlova. This pie was originally in the 1952 Betty Crocker Cookbook. This recipe is different because it is made in a pie pan with a circle of parchment…

Apple Upside Down Cake

What can you make with just two apples?  How about a apple upside down cake.  This cake is from an old fashion heirloom recipe.  It is simple no fuss comfort food from a few simple ingredients that is from your pantry.  The cake is baked in a 9 or 10 inch skillet so no special…

Five Apple Pie (Small Family Pie)

In 1915 Corning Glass introduced clear glass oven bake ware called Pyrex. In that line of bake ware was a 7 1/2 inch pie plate.  It became a very popular size.  They continued to make that size until the 1960’s.  What made this size popular during that period was it only took one can of…

Chicken with Cherry Pineapple Sauce

This is something different to make with chicken.  The recipe called for boneless chicken breasts but I had thighs. Moreover, I still have several pounds of dry cherries to use and this recipe called for dried cherries.  Everything that was needed I had on hand except sweet and sour sauce so I made my own…

Strawberry Chicken Salad with Warm Dressing

You start this salad with the combination of strawberries, nuts, onions and heartier greens as well as tender greens.  Chicken can be leftovers or a boneless breast that has been cooked before making the salad.  The dressing is added to the salad warm and will wilt the tender greens. It is a great lunch meal or…