Chow Mein Hot Dish

Chow Mein as a hot dish is not something I would have expected, but this recipe from an old notebook delivers the goods. Chow mein is often confused with chop suey – both dishes have a vegetable mix and sometimes meat included. The difference is noodles vs rice, and the fact that chow mein is … Continue reading

Tomato & Cheese Salad (Elsie Norton)

Today’s offering is what would be called a Jello salad or gelatin salad. These are not my favorite dishes, but in general I don’t love jello or jellied things. Other people will likely enjoy it, so I’m not judging. I posted one of Gram’s recipes for a similar salad early in the days of this … Continue reading

An Incomplete Gift

I have had this little booklet for many years, and always planned on posting it. But I had visions of translating it first so I could post the recipes for all to enjoy. Part of my challenge is that I don’t read German. Or speak it. Instead of sitting on this forever and not sharing, … Continue reading

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 … 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 … Continue reading

Apricot Drop Cookies

For a sweet treat that seems fairly easy, these apricot drop cookies would be a good recipe to try. Apricots are easy to come by dried, and you can try different ones for their flavor, texture, and moistness. I prefer dried apricots that are a little plump with some moistness remaining. When they are too … Continue reading

Pineapple Cake

Here’s another guess at what this is, but I’m a little more confident this time. This looks like a recipe for pineapple cake, or even pineapple upside down cake if you take a little effort. A little history, of course, because that is what I do heh. The first pineapple packing house was built in … Continue reading