Creamy Celery Seed Salad Dressing

Making salad dressing is easy and inexpensive to make.  It is also a way to stretch your food budget.  You control how much sugar and salt goes into the dressing.  This recipe for celery seed dressing is traditionally known as a French dressing.  A French dressing is a mixture of oil, herbs, seasonings and vinegar. …

Banana Drop Cookies with Cinnamon Chips

I watch after holidays for seasonal baking items to buy marked down.  That is when I get my chocolate chips and other baking chips.  I then use them through the year for cookies and other baking recipes.  They will keep for a year nicely.  Last fall I bought a few bags of cinnamon chips on…

Ham Savory Bites

Quick and easy snack or to serve at a party.  You only need ham salad, bought or homemade, and frozen bread dough. This is an ideal for over the holidays when you are pressed for time.  It does take a few minutes to make the bits after the dough is thawed out but still very…

Pumpkin Drop Cookies with White Chocolate Chips

A recipe that makes a traditional soft drop cookie that is like a little cake.  It is one of my family’s favorite cookie.  This recipe has been around for decades.  It is simple and inexpensive to make, just perfect for a tight budget.  The recipe makes at least 4 dozen cookies.  I chill the dough…

Ham and Vegetable Pot Pie

Leftover ham is used for this tasty everyday pie.   The pie is made in a casserole dish and topped with just a pie crust.  It is quick and easy when you use prepared pie dough from the deli case at the grocery store.  Perfect for an evening meal using leftover ham.    

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 Walnut Blondies

The food bank gives out very ripe bananas.  I am always looking for ways to use them up.  In the past the food bank has had shelled walnuts but usually the nuts have absorbed unwanted flavors from being stored.  Normally I can’t use them because they taste so bad and even toasting don’t remove the…

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…

Herbed Rice

My rice container is full from all the rice that is in the food box I get each week.  A friend of mine that live across the country from me came to my rescue with several recipes she sent for me to try out and share with you.  This one is her favorite and I…

Tuna Hand Pies (Turnovers)

Growing up I would make the evening meal because my mother got home late from her job.  In those days Catholics did not eat meat on Fridays and this was something I liked making.  I am not sure where this recipe came from but it probably was from a ladies’ magazine. In the late 1950’s and…

Sweet Cherry Clafoutis

Clafoutis is a French fruit custard or sometime called a flan. Most European regions have their own versions of this custard. When I was in high school Julia Childs The Art of French Cooking was broadcast by my local university UHF channel.  She would come on just as I would walk in the door from…