For Valentine’s Day, I have a simple cookie recipe from my grandmother Ida Belle. She was born in the late 1800’s on an Iowa farm where everything was homemade. I have fond memories of visiting the family farm in the summertime: fresh air, corn fields, and cool water directly from their well. Life seemed simpler then. Grandma liked to bake and Angel Crisps is one of her recipes. Continue reading
When we held the estate sale of our parent’s home, one item that we didn’t sell was my mother’s heavy marble slab that she used for making candy. She made the best Peanut Brittle every year at the Christmas holiday season. I kept the marble slab and recently located her Peanut Brittle recipe. Here’s my attempt to duplicate it.
When we asked our cousins to suggest favorite family recipes for our Snavely-Blough reunion; Peg and Tim nominated Corn Pudding. It was Tim’s grandmother’s recipe and the corn dish was a perfect fit for our Iowa reunion. Grandma Jackie’s Corn Pudding was delicious. Continue reading
I am guessing here; but I imagine that most families have mealtime traditions, especially at holidays. One of our traditions is fixing pancakes on a lazy weekend morning with no reason to rise and shine for school or a work schedule. Mother’s Day, celebrated in May, is one of these holidays with special traditions when we make pancakes. Buttermilk pancakes from a boxed mix is my husband’s specialty. They are light and fluffy and have no equal.
Jeanne’s Stuffed Chicken Thighs is a time-honored family holiday tradition for Passover from my mother-in-law. In this household, the Passover meal is celebrated each spring with a large formal family meal and recounting of the story of the Exodus of Israelites from Egypt and their life of slavery and on to freedom. The evening meal wouldn’t be the same without Stuffed Chicken Thighs.I asked my mother-in-law for the recipe for my blog. Although I’d eaten this dish many times, I had never actually watched the preparation and was surprised at the ingredients. The chicken thighs are stuffed with kugel made from a wonderful combination of fresh, aromatic vegetables, eggs and matzo. The chicken thighs are delicious; this dish is good any time of the year. Continue reading
Lasagna is one of our family favorites. Making lasagna from scratch just got much easier using some of the shredded cheeses and prepared pasta sauces now available in grocery stores. Today I added the zucchini and eggplant from my Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) basket to the lasagna. Not to brag, but this casserole turned out really well! It is a great way to use fresh vegetables which ripen in the summer and increase vegetables in meals. Continue reading
For Valentine’s Day I’m baking an old-fashioned Red Velvet Cake. Yes, from scratch. It’s chocolate, red in color, sentimental and one of my all-time favorite cakes.
Pumpkin Chiffon Pie is undoubtedly the best pumpkin pie I have tasted. It is from a treasured family recipe that has been served at every Thanksgiving meal in my memory. Light and airy with a gingersnap crust, it’s a great way to end this holiday meal.
I’m quite proud of my Sweet and Sour Cabbage Borscht. I’d never made it–and was pleased with how well it turned out. It started with a trip to Rochester, New York, and a visit to the farmer’s market with autumn fruits and vegetables. I couldn’t resist bringing home a nine pound cabbage. What should I make with the huge cabbage? My mother-in-law suggested cabbage borscht.
Oatmeal Bars is a favorite recipe from my grandmother, Ida Belle Blough Snavely. As children, we’d visit every summer on her Iowa farm. Grandma Ida loved to have her grandchildren help make this recipe. And the soft, chewy oatmeal-texture bars kind of grow on you. We had a cousin reunion recently, I thought it would be a good time to share the recipe.
The oatmeal bars really shine when served with fruit or ice cream. Here they are served with spicy plum frozen yogurt. The two make a great pairing for a hot summer day.