Thanksgiving Dessert

You can’t have a delicious Thanksgiving feast without an equally delicious dessert to follow it! When I think of Thanksgiving dessert specifically, I think of pie. So, here are some vintage pie recipes for your perusal.


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Rhubarb Pie

3 T flour

1 c sugar

1 egg, beaten

2 c rhubarb, cut into small pieces

1 recipe Plain Pastry

Sift flour, sugar together. Add egg, beat thoroughly & add rhubarb. Line pie pan with crust. Pour in filling. Cover with top crust or lattice and bake 425º oven for 10 min. Reduce temperature to 350º& bake 35 min longer. 1 9″ pie.

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Crazy Crust Apple Pie (Pillsbury)


1 c Pillsbury best all purpose flour*

2 T sugar

3/4 c water

1 t baking powder

2/3 cup solid veg shortening

1/2 t salt

1 egg

Oven 425º

* For use with Pillsbury’s self rising flour omit baking powder and salt

No need to sift flour; measure by lightly spooning into cup & living off. In small mixer bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, water, shortening & egg. Blend well at lowest speed. Beat 2 min. at med speed. Spread batter in 10″ or 9″ deep dish pie pan. Carefully spoon filling into center of batter. Do not stir. Bake at 425º for 40 to 45 min till crust is golden brown. Note, I did not find an apple filling for this…

Pumpkin Pie

Combine 1 can (1 lb) cooked pumpkin

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1/2 t salt

1 can 5 1/3 oz evaporated milk

1/2 t cinnamon

Beat well

Mincemeat Filling

Combine 1 can (1 lb 5 oz) mincemeat pie filling

1 T lemon juice

1/2 t cinnamon

Blend well

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Pumpkin Custard Pie (Dutch Pantry)

(Filling Below)


1 1/2 c flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 c lard

4 T water


1 c cooked pumpkin

3 eggs

1 T flour

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 c Brown Sugar

1/2 c white sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 tsp nutmeg

1 pt fresh milk

Mix ingredients in order listed & pour into unbaked pie shell. Bake 350º-400º oven for approximately 25 min

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Sweet Potato Pie (350º – 30 min)

Mash 2 c sweet potatoes or yams

3 eggs

4 T oleo

1 c sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp nutmeg

1 T lemon juice

1/2 c bourbon

Mix well. Place in uncooked pie shell.

325º til knife slips out clean

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Pumpkin Pie – 375º oven


2 c pumpkin

1 1/8 c sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

3 egg yolks (well beaten)

2 c milk

Beat whites of eggs stiffly & fold in. Bake in moderate oven till knife comes clean

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Creamy Pumpkin Pie

1/2 cup cold milk

1 pk 6 serving size vanilla instant pudding

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 cup pumpkin

1 /1 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed

1 graham cracker pie crust

In a large bowl, beat milk, pudding mix & spice with wire whisk for one minute. Mixture will be thick. Whisk in pumpkin. Stir in whipped topping. Spread in crust. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until set.

Thanksgiving Dinner

With the holiday coming up I thought I’d highlight some of these recipes for those who might still be wondering just what to make. It seems rather standard, but not everyone is like me and makes the same dishes year after year. My husband likes to have a certain array of food at Thanksgiving dinner, so that’s what I do. But if you like to try new things, here are a few ideas. Next post will feature desserts!

Turkey Stuffing

Turkey Stuffing – 15 lb turkey

1 lb sausage

1 c chopped onions

2 c chopped celery

6 T butter

1 T salt

2 tsp sage

1/2 tsp basil

6 c coarse bread crumbs

3/4 – 1 c consomme, apple juice or water

2 c chopped apples

Brown sausage, drain fat, saute onions & celery in butter. Add seasonings. Combine with breadcrumbs. Add apples & liquid. Can be baked separately in dripping pan – 350 25 min.

Asparagus Delish

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Asparagus Delish

2 pkg frozen cut asparagus

1/4 c butter (or marg)

1/4 c unsifted flour

1/2 tsp salt

Sash pepper

2 1/2 c milk

1 c crumbled cheese

3 hard cooked eggs (sliced)

Preheat oven 350 F. Lightly grease 1 1/2 qt casserole.

Cook asparagus as directed on package. Drain.

Heat butter in medium sauce pan. Remove & add flour. Stir in salt & pepper and gradually milk.

Over med heat bring to boiling, stir constantly until thickened & smooth.

In prepared casserole (layer in order) half of asparagus, cheese, eggs & sauce. Repeat.

Bake 15 min. Sprinkle with parsley to garnish.

6 servings

Sweet Potatoes

Rory Calhoun’s Sweet Potatoes – 350 45 min

2 cans (16 oz) sweet potatoes

1 can (4 oz) crushed pineapple, drained

1/2 c butter

3/4 tsp cinnamin

1/2 pkg (16 oz) marshmallows

Ground nutmeg

Combine potatoes & pineapple in buttered baking dish. Combine melted butter & cinnamon in skillet. Pour over sweet potatoes & pineapples in casserole. Top with marshmallows. Sprinkle on nutmeg.

Party Green Beans

Party Green Beans (Shirly McCrosby)

2 cans green beans (drain some liquid)

1 c golden mushroom soup

Oleo on top

Combine & put in slow oven. 5 minutes before it’s done, put on top canned onion rings & some buttered bread crumbs

Bake about 45 – 1 hour

Green Beans in Sauce

Green Beans in Sauce

2 T oleo

4 T flour


3 c green beans

2 c milk

1/2 lb shredded american cheese

3 hard cooked eggs, chopped

Make cream sauce with oleo, flour & milk. Add 3/4 of cheese. Stir until melted.

Place hot beans on platter. Put shredded cheese & eggs on top. Add sauce. Place under broiler until cheese melts. Serve hot.

Mushroom Sauce

Mushroom Sauce

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Well, hello there! I got behind on posting, procrastinated, and all of a sudden it’s November! What the heck happened??

Here’s a recipe for a mushroom sauce that might be nice with a steak or chicken dish.

Mushroom Sauce

1/2 c sliced mushrooms

4 T butter

2 1/2 T flour

1/8 tsp salt & pepper

1 T chopped parsley

1 T Sherry

1/4 tsp paprika

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/2 c milk

1/2 T lemon juice

Sauce mushrooms in melted butter. Add flour w/ seasoning. Blend well. Add broth with milk. Cook until thick. Add remaining ingredients.

Chow Chow #1

Chow Chow

Recently on the Green Tomato Relish recipe, someone commented that her family calls it chow chow, and I knew that I had additional recipes, including several for chow chow. This dish is most commonly associated with the Southern United States, Pennsylvania and some parts of Eastern Canada. While there isn’t much definitive evidence of its origins, the Indian word for chayote squash is chow chow and chayote is often used in chow chow and chutney recipes. It could also be of a Chinese or French origin, with speculation leaning toward Chinese railroad workers and French Acadians having brought their recipes to America. Regardless of the origin, chow chow, green tomato relish, chutney, relish, etc., is used as a side dish or dressing on foods as diverse as fish cakes to hot dogs.

Again this recipe calls for mangoes, but we now know that these are probably peppers.

Chow Chow

1 basket tomatoes (green)

1/2 peck onions (6 lbs)

2 bunches celery

1 doz mangoes (probably peppers)


2 cups sugar

Salt to taste

Small head of cabbage

2 handfulls salt

1 tsp celery seed

1 T mustard seed

2 tsp tumeric

1 qt vinegar

2 qts water

Small head cauliflower

Cook for at least 10 minutes or until desired softness

Grape Juice (Doris Sallada)

Grape Juice

I never really thought about how grape juice is made, except to assume it is cooked, strained, and processed. This recipe shows us how very simple it really is. I have not tried it…yet. It would be easy to make this with organic grapes if that is a concern to you, and even with sugar substitute for a lighter version.

Grape Juice (Doris Sallada)

1 c grapes in quart jar

Dissolve 1/3 c sugar in warm water. Add to grapes & fill jar with cold water. Seal jars. Cook in canner for 15 min. Cool.

Zucchini Pie

Zucchini Pie

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Have we gotten away from things like vegetable pies for a reason? My cousin recently showed me the tomato pie his wife makes with fresh grown tomatoes, and then I saw this recipe for zucchini pie. Both are lovely and different ways to prepare a side dish, or even for a light luncheon. I wonder why we don’t really hear about dishes like this anymore.

Zucchini Pie

Cook & stir 4 cups sliced zucchini and 1 cup chopped onion in 1/4 – 1/2 cup margarine for 10 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley or 2 T parsley flakes, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp basil & 1/4 tsp oregano. Combine 2 eggs & 8 oz mozzarella cheese. Stir in zucchini mixture.

Separate 8 oz can crescent rolls. Place in engrossed 10″ pie pan. Press over bottom & up sides. Spread crust with 2 tsp prepared mustard. Pour in zucchini mixture.

Bake 375º for 18-20 minutes

Let stand 10 minutes before serving

BBQ Chicken

BBQ Chicken

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This particular recipe card was wrapped in saran wrap, which leads me to believe it was a good one used over and over. The recipe is actually for a barbecue sauce for chicken that has been broiled or fried, and it sounds yummy. I usually make barbecued chicken on the grill, painting the sauce directly onto the chicken as it cooks. This appears to be a sauce that you add to the chicken once it has been cooked, then simmered in the sauce. The flavors are probably nicely combined and delicious.

BBQ’s – Chicken

Broil or fry chicken (dipped flour & brown)


Take 4 T oleo + 1 c chopped onions. Sauce until tender.


2 c ketchup

2 c water

4 Tbl vinegar

4 Tbl steak sauce

4 Tbl brown sugar

2 tsp dry mustard

Salt & pepper to taste

Mix well & timer with onions. Add water. Pour over chicken & bake 350º – 40 minutes or until chicken is soft