Our Grandmothers were experts at stretching their grocery dollars to feed large families! At times, it was necessary for them to be very creative cooks - making do with what they had on hand or what was readily available.

Take a step back in time learn how Grandma did it - much of her knowledge can be applied to our modern households!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Uncooked Salad Dressing

We were making this at home long before bottled salad dressing became available.  I remember it being one of the first things we made in our Cooking project in 4-H!

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup tomato catsup
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
1 small onion, grated
1 teaspoon paprika

Put ingredients in jar and shake until well blended.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Pottery by donovan, LLC

Check out this beautiful handmade stoneware - made in the USA!  Visit Donovan here to view more and to place orders.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Pineapple Salad Recipe

I remember my Aunt making this for family dinners.  This recipe has the "old fashioned" cooked dressing.

1 can pineapple
1 egg
1 tablespoon cornstarch
4 bananas
1/2 cup sugar
10 marshmallows
Nut meats

Drain juice from pineapple and place on stove in saucepan.  Make a thickening of the egg yolk, cornstarch and sugar and add to the juice.  Cook until thick.  Remove from stove and add the marshmallows.  Beat the egg white and fold in.  Pour this mixture over the sliced pineapple and bananas.  Add a few nuts if desired.

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Grandma's Never Fail Devil's Food Cake

Mix and sift:
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon soda

1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup fat
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup hot water

Add sifted dry ingredients to liquid, beat well.  Bake in moderate oven.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Homemade Fudge Sauce

Just a few simple ingredients to make this ice cream topping!

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup cold water
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix sugar and cocoa.  Add water and boil 15 minutes or until slightly thickened.  Cool and add vanilla.  Store in sealed jar in refrigerator.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

"Excellent Cheap Cake" Recipe

1/2 cup Spry or butter (Spry was an early version of Crisco)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, unbeaten
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cup sifted flour
3/4 cup milk

Combine Spry, salt and vanilla.  Add sugar gradually and cream until light.  Add eggs, one at a time.  Add baking powder to flour, sift 3 times.  Add dry ingredients to wet and mix well.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.