Man’s Salad

This recipe for a layered salad is called “Man’s Salad” but I have questions. Does this refer to a particular man? Does it mean humans in general? Is it a restaurant named Man’s? What about a manly salad? So many questions for a simple salad and that doesn’t even take into consideration the possible misspelling of Mann’s…

Man’s Salad


1/2 to 3/4 pound fresh broken spinach

Sprinkle salt, pepper & 1/2 TBL sugar

1/2 pound crumbled crisp fried bacon

406 hard cooked eggs – chopped or sliced

1 head crisp broken lettuce

Sprinkle salt, pepper, 1/2 TBL sugar

6-8 oz coarsely shredded Swiss or mozzarella cheese (save some for on top)

1 small package defrosted, drained green peas

1 large sweet onion – thinly sliced

Seal with Hellmann’s mayonnaise

Top with a little cheese

Cover with Saran

Refrigerate overnight

Fruit Cocktail Cake (Marilyn Clark)

I’m not really sure what this one would be like. Fruit cocktail is good. Cake is good. But together? I also wonder if the fruit should be left chunky, or since fruit cocktail fruit pieces are relatively soft if they should be blended. The recipe isn’t clear there. What would you do? I think I’d leave them chunky.

Fruit Cocktail Cake (Marilyn Clark)

1 c flour

1 c sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1 egg beaten

1 tsp salt

1 can (15 1/4 oz) fruit cocktail undrained

1/2 c brown sugar

12 c chopped walnuts

Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, salt fruit cocktail & egg until smooth. Pour into greased 9 inch square baking pan. Combine brown sugar & walnuts, sprinkle over top. Bake 350º 30-35 min or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Summer Sherbert

Several years ago I posted about Lemon Sherbert – at which time I learned it is sherbet, not sherbert lol. Today’s sherbet recipe is for a strawberry banana combination that includes orange juice. This would be a sweet and fruity concoction especially good for summer, as titled. I think it goes without saying to clean the strawberries. If you want your bananas to ripen without turning brown and sticky, you can hang them. I recently began using a fruit basket that has a banana hanger, and the peels don’t really turn brown. I believe they brown from being touched or banged around. If the bananas hang they aren’t laying on the counter or in a bowl, and therefore stay yellow. Just watch them so they don’t over ripen without you knowing it. You might be able to make this in a food processor, though I haven’t tried it.

Summer Sherbert

1 quart strawberries – mash

4 very ripe bananas – mash

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup orange juice

3 tablespoon lemon juice

Pour into ice cube trays. Freeze & serve into nice glasses

Apple Cake

I do have a problem. Several, really lol. But one of my biggest problems is that I have both a great memory but am forgetful. I can remember the exact clothing I was wearing when I met my husband 19 years ago, but I often can’t remember if I have used a recipe or not. Thankfully technology allows me to search my archives to verify, but due to my own poor organization and the sheer volume of recipes I have, there are duplicates and different versions. Were I able to sit down like at a real job and spend the needed time to organize everything, delete the unneeded scans, and then blog my little heart out, there wouldn’t be lags between posts. But what I find is that I feel quite overwhelmed when I want to write. I suppose I’ll have to deal with this sooner rather than later.

Today, we look at Apple Cake, which I don’t believe I have posted before. There are variations, like Apple Crisp, and Fresh Apple Cake, but not this exact card. I do like apples and apple cake. This one calls for diced apples rather than applesauce or apple pie filling. Some would omit the raisins. It sounds kind of like an apple pie in a cake, yum.

Apple Cake

1 cup Crisco oil

1 1/2 cup sugar

3 eggs

1 teas vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp cinnamon mix (alternately, this could be “1 tsp cinnamon, mix,” meaning mix the previously listed ingredients)

Fold in 3 cups diced raw apples

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1/2 cup raisins

Pour in greased floured pan

Bake 325º 45 min

Pretzel Jello

These two recipe cards appear to have the same recipe for Pretzel Jello. It sounds like a dessert dish made of strawberry jello, cream cheese, Cool Whip, and pretzels. I don’t believe I have eaten this, but I am 100% positive it has been served at church socials and family potlucks nationwide! Continue reading

Baked Beans

Here’s a smaller amount of beans for a family to manage! Interesting that the recipe again calls for pork & beans in a can. It’s probably just the convenience of not having to make the pork & beans, then combine with something else. Continue reading

Beer Bread

I can remember beer bread becoming popular in my youth, probably part of that whole artisanal bread resurgence. In my reading about sour dough bread I learned that brewers and bakers were interrelated due to the yeast byproducts in brewing that could be used in baking. Interesting stuff, plus a reminder that cooking really is a science as well as an art. If you ever thought you would fail chemistry but you manage to bake bread, I’ll give you an A. :-) Continue reading