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!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Tuna Casserole

Make a white sauce of 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons flour and 2 cups milk. To this sauce, add 1 can mushroom soup, 1 can tuna, and salt and pepper to taste. Combine the above mixture with 1/2 package noodles, cooked until tender. Bake in a buttered baking dish at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Homemade French Dressing

1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup salad oil
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
Dash of black pepper
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup grated onion

Combine all ingredients in pint jar and cover with screw-on lid. Shake to mix.

Household Uses for Vinegar - #5

Add 1/2 cup of vinegar or so to warm bath water when bathing and get double benefits – softer skin and a cleaner bathtub with less work!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Hot Dog Pie

4 hot dogs, diced
1 cup uncooked, diced potatoes
1 cup raw carrots, sliced
1 large onion, sliced
1/4 cup ketchup
1 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt

Biscuit Dough:
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup shortening
2/3 cups milk

Cook vegetables in salted water until tender.  Thicken with 2 tablespoons flour mixed with 2 tablespoons water.  Add  hot dogs and set aside while making biscuit dough.  Sift dry ingredients of biscuit dough together.  Cut in shortening.  Add milk.  Roll out and cut into rounds.  Place on top of hot dog and vegetable mixture.  Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Yeast Cornbread

Dissolve 1 package yeast in 1/4 cup warm water.  Scald 2 cups milk and pour over 1/3 cup lard or shortening and 1/3 cup of sugar.  Cool and add 2 eggs, well beaten, 1 teaspoon salt, and the yeast mixture.  Mix well and add 4 cups flour and 1/2 cup cornmeal.  Pour mixture into two loaf pans and let rise until double.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Household Uses for Vinegar - #3

To clear clogged drains:  Use a funnel to pour in 1/2 cup baking soda followed by 1 cup vinegar. When the foaming subsides, flush with hot tap water. Wait five minutes, and then flush again with cold water.

Depression Meat Loaf

1/2 cup milk
2 slices bread
1/4 cup chopped onion
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 pound ground beef

In large bowl, pour milk over bread.  Let stand until milk is absorbed.  Add onion, salt and pepper.  Stir with fork until bread softens and is light and fluffy.  Mix in ground beef.  In a shallow baking dish, shape into a 7 x 3 x 2" loaf.  bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until no pink remains.  4 servings.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Crazy Cake

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup cocoa
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups cold water

Sift flour, sugar, salt, soda and cocoa together in a 9 x 13" ungreased cake pan.  Make three wells.  Pour oil into one well, vinegar into the second, and vanilla into the third well.  Pour cold water over all, and stir well with fork.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Household Uses for Vinegar - #2

For streak-free windows, wash with a mixture of equal parts of white distilled vinegar and warm water. Dry with a soft cloth. .

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Household Uses for Vinegar - #1

Soak a clean cloth in vinegar, wrap around hard cheese and place in an airtight container - the vinegar will prevent the cheese from becoming moldy.

Ritz Mock Apple Pie

Pastry for two-crust 9" pie
36 Ritz Crackers, coarsely broken (about 1 3/4 cups crumbs)
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Grated peel of one lemon
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Roll out half the pastry and line a 9: pie plate. Place cracker crumbs in prepared crust; set aside.

Heat water, sugar and cream of tartar to a boil in saucepan over high heat; simmer for 15 minutes. Add lemon juice and peel; cool.

Pour syrup over cracker crumbs. Dot with margarine or butter; sprinkle with cinnamon. Roll out remaining pastry; place over pie. Trim, seal and flute edges. Slit top crust to allow steam to escape.

Bake at 425 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until crust is crisp and golden. Cool completely.

Eggless, Milkless, Butterless Cake

1 cup water
2 cups raisins
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup lard (shortening)
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Place water, raisins, cinnamon, cloves, brown sugar, lard (shortening), nutmeg and salt in a saucepan and mix. Place on heat and bring to a boil. Cook 3 minutes. Allow to cool. Sift together the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Stir into cooked mixture. Place in a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for one hour.