Monday, August 9, 2010

1 Gallon Sweet Pickles

Fill gallon jar with whole fresh cucumber pickles.
4 cups cold vinegar
4 Tbsp. pickling salt
3 Tbsp. mixed spices
2 tsp. powdered alum
Add water to fill jar. Place lid on tightly and leave for 3 to 4 weeks. Take cucumbers and slice them.
4 cups sugar to the vinegar solution. Bring to a boil, pour over sliced pickles, and seal in quart or pint jars.

recipe from Sister Kendrick

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sweet Hot Relish

3 qts. green tomato chunks
1 cup onions, sliced thin
1 cup vinegar
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup hot peppers
4 cups sugar

Put tomatoes & half cup of salt. Let stand 1 hour then drain salt water. In sauce pan bring sugar & vinegar to boil. Add rest of ingredients and bring to a boil. Turn off heat. Put into jars & seal.
Makes approx. 8 pints
Use according to taste.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Sweet Cucumber & Onion Salad

Also known by some people as Icebox or Refrigerator Pickles.  You can make these and eat them the same day.

1/2 gallon cucumbers, sliced
1 large sliced onions
2 cups vinegar
2 cups sugar
a generous pinch of salt & pepper

Sice cucumbers and onions very thin and put in a large bowl.  Cover with cool salt water.  Heat the remaining ingredients until dissolved and almost boiling.  Drain cucumbers.  Pour hot sauce over slices.  Let sit until cool.  Keep refrigerated.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Applesauce Spice Bread

2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 cup applesauce
1 cup walnuts, chopped fine

Mix all. Bake in preheated 325 degree oven for 1 hour. Makes 1 loaf.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

2 Apple Dumplings

1/2 finely chopped nuts
2 Tbsp. sugar
3 Tbsp. margarine
2 cooking apples, peeled & cored

Mix nuts & sugar and fill apple. Top with margarine. Split pastry for single pie crust into 2 pieces and roll out. Wrap each apple with crust.
Mix 1 egg yolk with 1 Tbsp cream or milk and brush crust before baking.
Place in ungreased baking dish in preheated 425 degree oven for 25-35 minutes.

Grandma & Jeanne (Mom) in her kitchen by the back door, July of 2004. Whenever company was coming Grandma would put a tablecloth over the washer & dryer (behind them) and use it as a dessert table.

Peanut Butter Divinity

Recipe from Lela Bridges.

2 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water

Cook above to hard ball stage.

2 egg whites
Beat until stiff.

Pour syrup slowly into beaten egg whites & continue to beat. Add 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter and beat until candy holds shape. quickly drop by teaspoonful onto a wax paper.
Makes 3 1/2 dozen.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Rhubarb & Cherry Pie

1 lb. rhubarb
2 cups pitted cherries
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup quick cooking tapioca
5 drops food coloring

In mixing bowl combine above ingredients. Let stand 15 minutes. Pour in uncooked pie crust (double crust). 400 degrees for 40 minutes.

Larry (Dad), Bernie the farm hand, Grandpa & Grandma.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Chocolate Pie

We love chocolate pie! Especially on holidays.  We girls often teased Grandma about the time that we were about to eat the last piece and she took it away from us to save it for Wesley (because boys were her favorite).
 This recipe came from her work as a cook at the Channel Islands School Cafeteria.

1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 tsp. salt
2-3 Tbsp. water

3/4 cup corn starch
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
6 1/2 cups water
1 2/3 cup powdered milk
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. margarine

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Old fashioned Sugar Cookies

Grandma & Grandpa on camping trip with our family in Missouri, late 1970's.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sugared Nuts

From Bessie Bridges

2 Tbsp. water
1 slightly beaten egg white
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. cloves

Mix well with nuts (usually pecans which grew in Mo Bootheel).  Turn flat side down on greased cookie sheet. Bake 1 hour at 250 degrees.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Brownie

Have cookie sheet greased before you start.

2 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
3/4 cup milk
1/4 lb. butter

Boil 2 2/1 minutes over low flame.

3/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 quart oatmeal (4 cups)

Mix fast & put in pan and cut immediately.

Nowadays we call these No-Bake cookies and drop on a sheetpan by the spoonful.
Grandma with Jill & Lora in 2004 (timestamp on photo is wrong).

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Chicken Pie

Source: Ella Jane Allen ( the mother of Grandma's father, Sam)
Who likes it: Everybody

1 stewing hen
1 onion
1 rib celery
salt, pepper & sage to taste
approx 3 qts water

Cook above ingredients until tender. Remove chicken, onion, celery. De-bone chicken. Make a roux with butter and 1 cup flour. Add to rich broth. Gently stir in boned chicken. Pour into crust-lined large cake pan. Bake at 400 degrees until crust is brown.

Grandma Allen's crust recipe

4 cups flour
2 cups shortening
1 cup cold water
1 tsp. salt

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Fruit Cobbler

I only recently learned that the cobbler that I grew up eating was really just rectangular pie, made with a rolled crust.  Actual cobbler has a soft dough crust more like this. 
P.S.  Melt the margarine.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Flour Tortillas

Grandma got this recipe from Maggie Acevedo in Oxnard, CA.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Aunt Lora's Zucchini Cake

2 cups grated zucchini
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour, regular
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 tsp. cinnamon
3 tsp. vanilla
1 cup ground pecans, optional

Beat eggs until fluffy, add sugar & vanilla, then oil.  Stir in zucchini.  Stir in flour & spices.  Beat until well mixed.
Bake 1 hour at 325 degrees.

P.S.  Use same recipe for zucchini bread only use 3 cups flour & 2/3 cup oil.

{The recipe was originally for zucchini bread and the changes were made by Grandma.  I held the paper up to light and the amounts changed match the post script.}

Monday, February 1, 2010

Chicken and Dumplings

For broth:
     Stew one whole chicken in a large pot of water.  Reserve bag of giblets for gravy.  (This assumes that you are making dumplings for a large holiday or family gathering and would need gravy. Anyway, save for another use.)  Season pot with salt and pepper and stew at a strong simmer until meat is falling off the bone.  Strain meat and bones out of broth and pick off meat.  Set aside.

For dumplings:
1 cup rich broth
1 egg
all purpose flour

     Add enough flour the the broth and egg to make a soft dough.  Take care not to work it any more than necessary to form dough (to avoid tough dumplings).  Roll out thin and cut into 3" x 1" strips.
     Bring broth to a rolling boil.. Gently drop in dumplings a few at a time to maintain a low boil.  Don't stir, but carefully  press dumplings down a few times to cook them evenly.  Keep checking dumplings until they are done.  This could be from 10-30 minutes depending on how tough your dumplings were to start with.  Add as much meat back in as you like.
Pictures are of Grandma giving Mark a dumpling-making lesson and then eating them with Valerie.  The date on the pictures is wrong because Val brought McKenna with them.

Mix the dough.

Roll it out thin.

Drop a few at a time.


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Southern Fried Chicken

Grandma attributes this to the All American Cook Book.  I searched online and found a scanned copy from 1922 that contained a recipe for "Economy Fried Chicken" which seems to be the source for this.  This method is supposed to tenderize an old rooster to be like a spring frier.  I guess Grandma assumes everyone will know to flour the chicken since she always did, and the recipe I found also says to do it.  Here is the link to the vintage cookbook. 

The comment "berry pie is good with chicken" is all Grandma.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup applesauce
2 eggs
2 1/4 cup flour
2 cups oatmeal
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp nutmeg
vanilla, salt, cinnamon (no quantity is listed, so just eyeball it.)

Cream shortening & sugar.  Add eggs, then applesauce, then dry ingredients.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Originally the soda and nutmeg were also without measure but Grandma wrote it in later.  I'm guessing that at some point she must have used too much/little and didn't like the results!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Peanut Butter Fundge

Grandma attributes this recipe to Lela Bridges. 

1 Tbsp. butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 can Pet milk ( I assume this means 1/2 of a 12 oz can of evaporated milk)

Cook above for 5 minutes.

Stir in:
     1/4 cup peanut butter
     16 large marshmallows or 1 16oz. jar

Beat  until it forms a shiny ribbon when poured from a spoon.  Pour into a buttered dish.

Chester and Lela Bridges, January 1971

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Mildred's Favorite Bon-Bons

3/4 cup mashed potatoes
1# flaked coconut
1# powdered sugar
1/4 cup margerine
1 tsp. almond extract

Refrigerate above & roll in walnut siced balls (or smaller).

Dip in melted chocolate made from:
12 oz. chocolate chips
3/4 bar of parafin

Place on wax paper or wire rack until cold. (Keep choc. in hot water while dipping.)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

"Mom's Peanut Brittle" - Etta Wilkins Allen

This recipe came from Grandma's mom, Etta.  Mostly she was called Granny, but when we were kids we called her Granny Goose because she owned a goose at the time.

3 cups sugar
1 cup sorgham (molasses)
1/2 cup water

Boil till forms soft ball.

Add 3 cups peanuts (raw).

Let peanuts start popping and cook for 5 to 10 minutes.

Add 1 tsp. baking soda.  Stir until quits foaming, then pour in pan & let cool.  Break into serving-sized pieces.

Granny, Etta Wilkins Allen, May 1961.  Back of photo says "Not good of Mom but good of the house."

Friday, January 15, 2010

Summer Sausage

Grandma got this recipe from her sister-in-law, Bessie Bridges.  Bessie married Vernon Bridges, Grandpa's brother.  She lives in Puxico, MO.

5 lbs. hamburger
5 heaping tsp. Mortons Tender Quick
4 1/2 heaping tsp. mustard seed
4 tsp. black pepper
3 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. red pepper
2 Tbsp. liquid smoke

Mix well.  separate into three balls.  Put into double plastic bags. Incorporate well each day for 3 days(smoosh it up).  On the 4th day take out and divide into 3 rolls.  Place in 200 degree oven for 6-8 hours (after 3-4 hours turn over).  Use common judgement in turning and shaping rolls.

Vernon and Bessie Bridges with young son, Bruce, and son Kent.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Hush Puppies

Hush puppes are never made exactly to recipe.  Here is a basic recipe.  It assumes, of course that you just fried a mess of fish and still have your grease hot.

1 3/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup flour, all-purpose
1 tsp. salt
1 egg
2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup milk
1/2 cup diced onion (or green onion if in season)

Stir all together.  Drop by spoonful or scoop into hot oil and cook until well browned.  Test one first and if it is well browned but still doughy inside, turn down heat a bit.  Usually takes 2 or 3 minutes.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Chicken Sauce Piquant

I ate this a lot growing up.  I haven't been able to find the exact recipe from the source but this is Grandma's version.  The recipe came from Aunt Opal's daughter-in-law (name?), Paul Redman's wife.  I remember Opal and Grandma and Mom all making this. 

1 chicken, cut up
1/4 cup oil
1 qt. canned tomatoes
1 onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chipped
1 clove minced garlic
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. oregano
1 Tbsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 cup raw rice
more water or tomato sauce as needed

Brown chicken in oil in a heavy pot.  Add veggies and spices and simmer 5 minutes.  Add rice and more liquid to cover all well.  Simmer covered until chicken is very tender.  Adjust salt & pepper.

Mom reviewed this version and says that Grandma told her to flour the chicken pieces before frying to help with browning and to thicken sauce later.  Also, was cooked without rice and then served over plain white rice.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

German Cole Slaw

Grandma got this recipe from Dude Jackson, Freeman Dill's sister.  Freeman lived with Grandma & Grandpa for a little while when he was a very young man.  It was common practice back then to offer room and board in exchange for help on the farm.  Later he married Deloris and became part of the family. 

If I was going to name this dish, it would be Pickled Slaw.  This stuff keeps a really long time.  In the summer it's great to have on  hand to add to any meal.  Warning: store in glass container because the tumeric will stain anything plastic!

3 pounds cabbage, shredded
1 chipped onion
1 sliced bell pepper

Boil the following:
   1 1/2 cup vinegar
   1 1/2 cup sugar
   3 Tbsp salt
   1 tsp tumeric (will turn it yellow)
   1 tsp black pepper
   1 Tbsp celery seed

Pour the boiled mixture over the veggies and refrigerate. 

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Opal's Coconut Cake / Fluffy White Frosting

This cake was always the first to disappear at family gatherings.  Even though it uses a cooked icing, it really isn't hard to make.  Once you "spin a thread" for the first time, you'll know exactly what it means.Grandma gave me a lesson to make this because I didn't understand the recipe and so I have re-written it with my own instructions.  I always double this recipe to have lots of frosting to work with...and plenty for bowl licking while I let the cake set up.

Bake a white cake in two 8" or 9" rounds.

2 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup white syrup
2 Tbsp. water
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla

Beat the egg whites until frothy.  Set them aside for a minute.  Boil the sugar, syrup, water, and salt until it spins a thread when poured from a spoon.  To do this: scoop some of the cooking syrup and dribble it back into the pan in a small stream.  When the stream gets very thin, the rising steam will blow the thread of syrup up and away from the pan.  At first it will only fly a little bit.  When it's ready it will fly up and away from your hand.  Remove pan from heat.  Begin beating the egg whites again.  Very slowly pour the hot syrup into the eggs as you continue beating them.  Let beat until soft peaks form.  Add vanilla and beat a bit more.

Frost and layer white cake.  Sprinkle top with coconut and press it onto the sides as well.

Opal and Grandma, June 1973.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Buttermilk Biscuits

This is a good recipe to use for Granny Wilkins sourdough starter.  If your starter is especially sour, add a little more baking soda.

2 cups plain flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup buttermilk (or sourdough starter)
1/3 cup shortening/oil/butter (use any)

Mix all  until a dough ball forms.  Knead gently 10 or 12 times.  Roll or pat out dough 1/2 to 1 inch thick.  Cut out rounds with biscuit cutter or a glass.  Bake on lightly greased pan at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Granny Wilkins' Sourdough Starter (for making biscuits)

Grandma Bridges gave me this recipe.  Granny Wilkins was her mother's mother (Granny Goose's mom).  Grandma says that she was the all-time queen of biscuit making.  Grandma's dad, Sam Allen, would joke with the children that when they were going to Granny Wilkins they should take a biscuit from home in their pocket since Granny couldn't cook biscuits.  This would cause the children to cry out in protest to defend  her.

1 3/4 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 Tbsp sugar
1 pkg. yeast

Mix all togither in large non-metal bowl with non-metal spoon.  Cover with a cloth and let stand 48 hours before using.

Use this starter instead of buttermilk when making biscuits.

I asked Grandma why she would need to replace the buttermilk in her biscuits.  She said that Granny only had one cow and with everyone drinking milk there wasn't always enough.  They also made a lot of cream pies, and biscuits were served with nearly every meal.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Sourdough Biscuits

I got this recipe directly from Grandma Bridges.  She wasn't sure where she got it.  The great thing about this recipe is that you make the dough ahead of time.  You can make a batch of this on the weekend and be throwing biscuits in the oven every day of the week.  These biscuits are more like bread than traditional biscuits.

If you keep a sourdoough starter in the fridge, you can replace the yeast, water and buttermilk with 3 cups of the starter.  Add another pinch of baking soda if you do.

1 pkg. yeast
1 cup warm water
2 cups buttermilk
3/4 cup corn oil
1/4 cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
6 & 1/2 cups plain flour (all purpose)

Dissolve yeast in warm water.  Combine all ingredients.  Place dough in covered bowl in refrigerator.  No need to rise before baking...just let the dough warm a little in the pan before you put it in the oven.  Bake in muffin tins at 375 degrees until brown.  This keeps well in the fridge for 2 weeks.  It just gets more sour.