Anise Drops

This is a cookie from Germany. Anise drops are also known as¬†anispl√§tzchen, meaning anise flavored cookie. Once the batter is made, it is dropped by teaspoonfuls onto a baking sheet and then allowed to rest over night, a minimum of 8 hours and up to 12 hours. The resting time allows the egg white in … Continue reading

Stollen

Let’s put this one in the “holiday food” category, because stollen is made similarly to fruitcake and has some similar ingredients. However, that’s about all the similarities between stollen and fruitcake unless you consider “traditional” and “long history” to be similarities. Stollen is a yeast risen cake, and if you have watched even one season … Continue reading

Ethel’s Fruit Cakes

For the best fruit cakes you need to make them around Thanksgiving (4th Thursday of November for everyone else), and then baste them well with alcohol of some kind. I have always made my great-grandmother’s fruit cake recipe, but the Jackson’s Vanilla Wafer recipe is a very popular one on this site. Add to the … Continue reading

Fruit Salad (From Geneva)

This typed up recipe card was taped into a book. Hopefully there isn’t anything on the back side because it would have ripped either the book or the card to remove it. But, it seems like a complete recipe for an interesting pudding fruit salad. I don’t know if you would put this in a … Continue reading

More German

If you didn’t see on my recent post An Incomplete Gift, site reader Sarah Hasker translated all the vintage German writing and gave us some really interesting information about it as well. Since Sarah seemed interested, I have been inspired to scan the rest of this lovely but damaged little booklet. Over the next few … Continue reading

Punch

Here’s a traditional punch drink using koolade, water, lemonade, and 7-up among other things. We probably all had this at some point in our lives, whether at a school or scout activity, church or birthday party. There is a long tradition of punch drinks of all variations, and “spiking the punch bowl” is a teenage … Continue reading

Home Style Baked Beans

This recipe isn’t completely “from scratch” because it uses prepared beans, but still, this could be yummy for a barbecue or other large gathering. Because can your family eat 6 pounds of beans? Mine can’t. And, imagine the flatulence, oh my. Also, if you have a Costco or other wholesale type store available to you, … Continue reading