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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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

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, that is where you should look for your institutional sized cans of beans. I believe the sausages called for here might be the kielbasa type, but if you know different please let us know. Continue reading