"At my table, sit with me. I'll pour coffee or some tea. Perhaps we'll share our tears and laughter, and be friends forever after.

Welcome! Come on in, pull up a chair, have a cup of coffee and take a look at recipes from different cookbooks, vintage finds from vintage cupboards and enjoy sharing memories.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sqaush Cake

Can't get family members to eat their vegtables?? This cake is so good they will never look at sqaush the same way.
I love garden fresh squash.......however, my husband (sweetie) and my children do not like to even look at it. A few years ago, I made a cookbook for family and friends and asked each one to contribute a favorite recipe. It was a wonderful success. This recipe came from a co-worker, friend of mine and it uses yellow squash. It is one of Sweetie's favorites and yes....he knows yellow squash is in it.
Beat Together:
3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
3 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups shredded raw squash
3 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup raisins
Mix all ingredients well. Pour into a greased and floured bundt pan and bake at 350F. for one hour or until center is firm to touch. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mississippi Mud Pie

This is such a wonderful pie! Enjoy!
Use a chocolate or vanilla cookie crust, or a graham cracker crust, to make this Mississippi mud pie.
1/4 lb. butter, 1 stick
2 (1 oz. each) squares unsweetened chocolate
3 eggs
3 tablespoons white corn syrup
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
9 inch graham cracker, chocolate or vanilla wafer pie shell
In a saucepan, heat butter and chocolate, stirring often, until melted and well blended. Beat eggs; stir in the corn syrup, sugar and vanilla. Add the chocolate mixture to egg and sugar mixture, stirring well. Preheat oven to 350°. Pour filling into prepared pie shell. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until top is slightly crunchy and filling is set. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or dollop of whipped cream.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Great Lemonades On The Front Porch

With the days getting so hot...it's a perfect time to try some new refreshing drinks while you sit out on the front porch! Below are 11 lemonade recipes.... Some of these have a little twist and zest to them....enjoy!
Homemade Lemonade
3 cups Domino® or C&H® Granulated Pure Cane Sugar
2 cups water
1 cup lemon peel strips (about 6 lemons)
3 cups lemon juice (about 14 lemons)
1 bottle (1 liter) club soda, chilled
In a large saucepan, heat sugar and water over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring frequently. Stir in lemon strips. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Cool slightly. Stir in lemon juice; cover and refrigerate until chilled. Discard lemon strips. Pour mixture into a pitcher; gradually stir in club soda. Yield: 10 cups.
Old-Fashioned Lemonade Recipes These vintage lemonade recipes are taken from "The Dispenser's Formulary or Soda Water Guide" compiled by the editorial staff of The Soda Fountain, published by D. O. Haynes & Co., New York, in 1915.Carbonated water (soda water) can be found in the soft drink section of most food stores.
Old-Fashioned Lemonade
If you're looking for the best lemonade recipe for making fresh squeezed lemonade, this is it.Old-fashioned lemonade is still a great favorite with many individuals. To make it at the fountain counter place 2 tablespoonfuls of powdered sugar in a 12-ounce glass one-half full of crushed ice. Now cut a lemon in two, slice each section in two or three pieces, add the juice of the lemon and fill the glass with plain ice-cold water. Shake thoroughly, pour from shaker into glass, and serve with straws. It should be observed that some patrons object to a too great abundance of ice.
Soda Lemonade
Juice of 1 lemon, 1 tablespoonful powdered sugar, 4 ounces soda water (seltzer water), 2 ounces shaved ice. Stir vigorously in a shaker with a spoon, strain into a 12-ounce glass, fill the glass with seltzer (soda) water and stir with a spoon.
Grape Lemonade
Make a soda lemonade (see above), filling the glass to within about an inch of the top. Mix and decorate with lemon and orange slices, pour on top enough to fill the glass with the desired grape juice, and serve without further mixing, with straws.
Fancy Lemonade
Make a lemonade in the regular manner and pour in a teaspoonful of raspberry syrup (or strawberry syrup, if you'd like a strawberry lemonade), which will go to the bottom of the glass. Now, carefully pour on the top the same amount of grape juice without stirring. A piece of pineapple, orange, or other fruit may be added to decorate the drink. The drink may also be made with the glass half full of shaved ice and the fruit on top. Serve with straws.
Tropical Lemonade
Juice of 1 lemon, 1-1/2 ounces pineapple syrup. Place in a 12-ounce glass, fill glass with carbonated water, coarse stream, add a slice of pineapple and a ladleful of crushed pineapple, and serve with a spoon and straws. Price--10 or 12 ounces, 15 cents.
Southern Lemonade
An old-time lemonade recipe for making "Fair Lemonade.
"Take a good-size watermelon, hollow out the inside, first cutting a small slice from the narrow end to act as a lid or cover, place in a pan on the counter and surround with shaved or cracked ice; then fill with lemonade, adding enough extract of Jamaica ginger to suite the taste. When serving, fill a glass one-fourth full of shaved ice, add one or two pieces of the melon taken from the inside, then fill the glass with lemonade and serve with straws and napkins.
Broadway Lemonade
Juice of 1 lemon, 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, 1/2 ounce grape juice, 1/2 ounce wine (claret), small scoop shaved ice, plain water to fill glass; shake, put in 12-ounce lemonade glass; finish with a slice of orange and a cherry; serve with spoon and straws.
Wholesale Lemonade
A good beverage recipe for making large quantities.3 gallons water, 4 dozen lemons, 3-1/2 ounces citric acid, 20 pounds granulated sugar. Mix and stir adding the paste made from 4 ounces of granulated sugar and the grated rind of 4 of the lemons. This formula is recommended.
Queen Lemonade
Juice of 1/2 lemon, 1-1/2 ounces orange syrup, 2 ounces grape juice, sufficient cracked ice, carbonated water to fill glass. Shake and serve in a tall glass, without straining. Top off with a slice each of orange and pineapple.
Lemon Fascination
2 ounces cherry syrup, 1/2 glass cracked ice, juice of 1/4 lemon, sufficient plain water. Mix well and top with orange and cherry. Price--10 ounces, 10 cents.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Chocolate Strawberries for Mother

Who says chocolate covered strawberries are only for Valentines day?
These are also a great Mother's Day gift! Just melt the chocolate, dip the strawberries, and decorate and see Mom smile!
4 c. fresh, ripe strawberries (at room temperature)
1 1/2 c. semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
2 tbsp. light corn syrup
6 tbsp. butter
Decorations (optional):
chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, or macadamia)
colored or chocolate sprinkles
colored and/or flavored sugars
melted white pr milk chocolate
Wash and dry strawberries. Leave stems and tops intact.
Combine chocolate, corn syrup, and butter in a microwavable bowl (or double boiler). Microwave at 20 second intervals, stirring often, til melted. Do not burn. Or melt in a double boiler over boiling water until melted, stirring often.
Dip each strawberry into the melted chocolate mix. Leave a 1/4-to-1/2" strip of bare fruit between chocolate and stem.
If desired, roll coated strawberries in nuts, sprinkles, or sugars. Be sure to do this while chocolate is still melted.
Place plain chocolate or decorated strawberries on waxed paper.
If desired, decorate plain chocolate strawberries with melted white chocolate using a toothpick or cake decorating supplies. Very pretty!
Refrigerate about 20 minutes to set.
Note: Chocolate covered strawberries also travel well, making them one of the best ideas for Mothers Day presents. Just place them in a pretty box, wrap them up, and you have a great homemade Mother's Day gift. Enjoy!