Recipes From My House to Yours

I truly love to cook and will be adding my family favorites to this page on an irregular basis but will put out a post to check the page now and again.  Check back once in a while and see what’s cooking at my house.  If you’re looking for a specific recipe, complete a Control F on your computer,  a blank box will pop up for you to enter the main ingredient you are looking for, click enter and searches will show for that specific item.  You can also use the search box on the main page.  Now, let’s cook!!

Grilled Chicken Salad

This is my most favorite summer salad.  Quick and simple!

2 lrg. skinless chicken breast, baked or fried

Large serving fresh salad mix

Favorite shredded cheese

Fresh cooked bacon slices, crumbled

Favorite salad dressing

Bake your chicken breast or fry it to your taste with your favorite seasonings.  When fully cooked, dice into bite size pieces.  Place your salad mix in serving bowls ( I use large bowls because this makes a meal!) and top with chicken pieces, bacon bits and cheese.  Top with favorite dressing and enjoy!!  You can serve with some fresh homemade bread that has been buttered and lightly topped with garlic powder.  YUM!

Steamed Asparagus

Fresh picked asparagus

Fresh picked asparagus

When asparagus is in season we pick it every two days.  I washed it really well and refrigerate it until ready to cook.  We sell it for $1.50 per pound when it is growing really well.  Lots of my friends grill it after brushing with olive oil lightly and seasoning with their favorite spices.  We love ours steamed lightly.  I get my salted water boiling and then put the stalks in a steaming basket over the boiling water about five minutes before we are ready to sit down to eat.  We want it steamed but still crisp.  I think heating it longer almost makes it slimy!  It’s the best first food in the spring.

Pumpkin Cookies

2 1/4 c. sugar

3/4 c. shortening

2 eggs, well beaten

1 lrg. can pumpkin

1 1/4 t. soda

4 c. flour, sifted

4 t. baking powder

2 c. raisins

1 c. chopped nuts

1/2 t. ginger

1/2 t. cinnamon

1/2 t. allspice

1/4 c. cloves

1 t. salt

2 t. vanilla

Cream together sugar and shortening.  Add eggs, pumpkin and soda.  Mix in remaining ingredients; stir well.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.  Bake at 375* for 8-10 minutes.

Pumpkin Pie Squares

1 c. all-purpose flour

1/2 c. quick oats

1/2 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. margarine, room temp

3/4 c. sugar

15 oz. pumpkin

12 oz. evaporated milk

2 large eggs

2 1/4 t. pumpkin pie spice

1/2 c. chopped pecans

1/4 c. brown sugar

Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, and margarine & beat at low-speed until crumbly.  Press into bottom of ungreased 13 x 9 baking pan.  Bake for 15 minutes.  Combine sugar, pumpkin, milk, eggs and spice and beat at medium speed for 1-2 minutes.  Pour over baked crust and bake for 20 minutes.  Combine in small bowl pecans and brown sugar.  Sprinkle over filling and continue to bake 15 – 25 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean.  Cool completely in pan on wire rack before cutting into bars.  You will think you’ve died and gone to heaven!!

Homemade Vegie Venison Soup

First you need a large pot and be ready to share this with family, friends and neighbors because it makes a big pot full!

Homemade soup to warm the belly and the soul!

Homemade soup to warm the belly and the soul!

Combine all of the following into the large heavy pot you own and cook slowly for two hours:

1 qt green beans, drained

1 pt. corn kernels, drained

1 qt. canned potatoes, diced in 1/2″ cubes

2 large onions, chopped

1 qt. canned venison (more if you like lots of meat in your soup) or beef

1 qt. diced, canned tomatoes w/juice

3-4 stalks of celery, 1/2″ cubes

1 qt. pinto beans

Salt & pepper, to taste

Any other vegies you like in your soup

It’s a one pot meal that everyone will enjoy and on cold winter days it’s the best comfort food you’ll ever want!!

Sand Tarts

Sand tarts are much like a pecan sandie but rolled in confectioner's sugar.

Sand tarts are much like a pecan sandie but rolled in confectioner’s sugar.

1 c. butter, room temperature

1/4 c. sugar

2 c. pecans, finely chopped

2 c. all-purpose flour

Powdered sugar

Cream butter with mixer.  Add sugar, pecans and flour, mixing well.  Shape into  1 – 1 1/2 inch balls, crescents or fingers.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 35 minutes.  While slightly warm, roll in powdered sugar.  Quick and very easy.

Cocoanut Macaroons

Cocoanut Macaroons

Cocoanut Macaroons

14 oz shredded sweet cocoanut

14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

1 t. vanilla

2 large egg whites, room temperature

1/4 t. kosher salt

Combine cocoanut, milk and vanilla in a large bowl.  Whip egg whites and salt on high-speed with whisk attached to mixer until they form medium firm peaks.  Carefully fold whites into the cocoanut mixture.  Drop the batter by teaspoonfuls onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.  Bake 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.  Cool and store in airtight container.  I personally love anything with cocoanut!

Preacher Cookies

Preacher Cookies- Quick and easy

Preacher Cookies- Quick and easy

2 c. sugar

1/2 c. cocoa

1/2 c. milk

1 stick butter

1 c. peanut butter

1 t. vanilla flavoring

3 c. quick oats

Combine sugar, cocoa, milk and butter in heavy saucepan and boil for one minute.  Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla.  Add quick oats to mixture and mix thoroughly with a heavy spoon.  Drop by teaspoonful onto wax paper and let cool for 30 minutes.  Store in airtight container.  Sooooo good with a cold glass of milk!!

Aunt Opal’s Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pies baking I can eat a whole one all by myself!!

Pumpkin pies baking
I can eat a whole one all by myself!!

4 eggs

29 oz can pumpkin

1 1/2 c. sugar

2 t. cinnamon

2 t. ginger

1/2 t. cloves

2 – 12 oz cans evaporated milk

2 unbaked deep dish pie shells

Preheat oven 425*.  Beat eggs lightly and stir in remaining ingredients (except crusts).  Place pie shells in sturdy baking sheet covered with aluminum foil or place in a glass baking dish.  Pour mixture into unbaked pie shells and carefully place in preheated oven.  Bake 15 minutes and reduce temperature to 350* and continue baking another 40-45 minutes.  Remove from oven and cook.  Serve with whipped topping.  This is soooo good!!!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal raising cookies 2015

3 eggs, well beaten

1 c. raisins

1 t. vanilla

1 c. butter

1 c. brown sugar, packed

1 c. sugar

2 1/2 c. flour

1 t. salt

1 t. cinnamon

2 t. baking soda

2 c. quick oats

3/4 c. chopped pecans

Combine eggs, raisins and vanilla and let stand one hour.  Cream together butter & sugars.  Add flour, salt, cinnamon, and soda;  mix well.  Blend in egg mixture, oatmeal and chopped nuts.  Dough will be stiff.  Drop by teaspoons on ungreased cookie sheet.  ( You can roll into balls and flatten slightly with a fork.)  Bake at 350* for 10 – 12 minutes or lightly browned.  The trick to making these a soft cookie is not to over-bake.

Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies 2015

These are our favorite peanut butter cookies!

2 1/2 c. flour

1 t. baking powder

1 t. baking soda

1/2 t.  salt

1 c. butter

1 c. creamy peanut butter (you can use crunchy too)

1 c. sugar

1 c. brown sugar, packed

2 eggs

1 t. vanilla

Mix first four ingredients until well blended.  Beat butter, peanut butter and sugars in large bowl with mixer until fluffy.  Blend in eggs and vanilla.  Gradually add flour mixture, beating well after each. Drop dough by tablespoon 2 inches apart on baking sheet sprayed with PAM. Use large fork and flatten each cookie to about 1/3 inch thick.  ( I dip the fork in extra sugar to keep it from sticking to the cookie dough).  Bake 8 – 10 minutes at 350*  or until edges are golden brown.  Over-baking will make the cookies hard.  Cool on baking sheet for about 3-5 minutes.  Remove  to baking rack and when cool store in airtight container.

Pineapple Cookies

Pineapple Cookies - Soft cookie when baked.

Pineapple Cookies – Soft cookie when baked.

1  c. packed brown sugar

1 c. sugar

2 large eggs

1 c crushed pineapple, drained

1 t. salt

3 t. baking soda

1 t. baking powder

4 c. all-purpose flour

In large bowl, combine all of the ingredients together until smooth.  Chill ( the original recipe does not call for chilling but I do to keep them from spreading on the cookie sheet).  Drop by tablespoon 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet and bake at 350* until the edges turn golden brown, about 15 minutes.  Cool the cookies on a wire rack  and store in an airtight container.  (The recipe calls for ungreased cookie sheet but mine stuck and next time I will use a little PAM on the cookie sheet.)

 

No-Bake Pecan Cocoanut Praline Cookies

Pecan Cocoanut Praline Cookies 2015

2 1/2 c. sugar

1/2 c. evaporated milk

1/2 c. corn syrup

1/2 c. butter

1 t. vanilla

2 c. chopped pecans

2 1/2 c. cocoanut

Mix sugar, milk, corn syrup and butter in large saucepan.  Bring to a rolling boil for 3 minutes.  Remove from heat and add pecans, cocoanut and vanilla.  Stir for about four minutes combining really well.  Drop by teaspoonfuls on waxed paper.  Let cool and set until firm.  Remove from paper and store in airtight container.  Enjoy!  These are very sweet!

1/21/2015

Hershey Bar Cake

Delicious Hershey Bar Cake

2 c. sugar

1 c. butter, softened

1 c. chocolate syrup

4 eggs

2 1/2 c. flour

1 t. soda

1/4 t. salt

2 t. vanilla

1 c. buttermilk

6 Hershey Bars, melted

Cream sugar & butter, Add eggs one at a time.  Mix soda and buttermilk; add alternately with dry ingredients.  Mix well.  Add melted Hershey bars, syrup and vanilla.  Bake at 350* in greased, floured tub pan. 

While baking make the frosting as follows:   Boil for two minutes in a heavy saucepan, 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup evaporated milk and 1/4 cup of butter.  Remove from heat and add 3 oz. chocolate chips.  Beat until slightly thickened and pour over cake.  TOO DIE FOR!!!  Very moist cake.

5/20/2014

Salmon Cakes

Golden brown salmon cakes ready for a hot biscuit and tomato slice!! YUMM!!

Golden brown salmon cakes ready for a hot biscuit and tomato slice!! YUMM!! 

1 can favorite salmon (I use Alaska Pink)

1 sleeve Ritz crackers

Salt & Pepper to taste

1/2 c. finely diced onions

1 T. Old Bay seasoning

2 large eggs

In large bowl, mix all ingredients really well. Get out your favorite skillet and melt one stick of butter in it and get hot but not burning butter.   Form salmon mixture into 2 1/2″ patties about 1/4 inch thick and place in hot skillet.  Cook until golden brown on one side and flip and brown that side.  I usually flip them two or three times to make sure they’re cooked completely through.  Serve!  We love them on a hot biscuit with a slice of tomato.

04/24/2014

Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin Roll
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. soda
3/4 cup flour
2/3 cup pumpkin (not pie filling, canned pure pumpkin)
3 eggs
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Mix all ingredients. Grease & wax paper a cookie sheet. Pour mixture into pan. Bake 15 min. at 375 degrees. Take out of oven and roll into thin linen towel for about 10 minutes. Unroll & spread in filling. After filling roll back up with end of roll facing down. Chill for at least an hour. I like for mine to chill overnight so the filling will absorb some of the flavors of the cake.  You can dust the roll with confectioner’s sugar after it chills.

Filling
8 oz. cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp. soft butter
Mix until very creamy and spread on unrolled cake.

 

April 19 , 2014

CROCKPOT HOBO DINNER

Smoked Sausage on top of the vegies.

This meal is so easy and will serve a family 4-6.  Spray your largest crockpot with PAM or other cooking spray.  Peel and quarter 7 or 8 medium-sized potatoes and layer in the bottom of the crockpot. Salt to taste.  Cut a medium head of white cabbage into chunks about the size of the quartered potatoes and layer on top of potatoes. Salt to taste. Clean a bag of baby carrots or peel and cut large carrots into 1″ chunks and layer on top of the cabbage.  Salt to taste.  Clean and slice a large onion and layer in rings on top of the carrots.  Open a package of polska kielbasa and cut in 1 1/2″ chunks and layer on top of the onions.  Pour 1/4 cup of water over everything in the crockpot.  Cover and cook on low about six hours.  This will make a big meal.  (Warning: If you use red cabbage, all of the vegetables will turn purple or gray looking.  It’ll still taste wonderful but it’ll look funky!)  Bear in mind that I used salt to season but think some of the ready-mix spices would be great on it as well.  I love using Mrs. Dash to season with.

July 29, 2013

 

 BEER BUTT CHICKEN

Beer Butt Chicken

This is one of our favorites at home and it doesn’t heat up the kitchen and everyone loves it.

You will need:

1 large roasting chicken, rinsed well inside and out

Olive oil, enough to rub all over the chicken

Beer Butt Chicken spice, enough to sprinkle inside and out

Aluminum foil, to wrap their tips of the wings and legs

1 canned soda or beer (I use Sprite or Ginger Ale)(pour out about 1/3 of the soda or beer)

I have a wonderful little metal contraption that I set the canned drink in and then sit the chicken over the can.  It’s well-balanced and keeps the chicken up off the grill to cook.

First, light your grill at its highest temperature.  While its heating up, rub your chicken generously with the olive oil.  Sprinkle the spices inside and pat all over the outside of the bird.  Wrap aluminum foil over the tips of the wings and the tip of the legs to keep from burning (they’re the first thing to burn).  Set the chicken over the soda can on the rack I mentioned earlier .   Turn the grill down as low as you can get it and place the bird in the center of the heat.  Close the grill and about every 15 – 20 minutes check and rotate.  The process will take 1 1/2 – 2 hours to cook and when the wing will pull away easily, it’s done. 

Favorite French Toast

French Toast & Homemade Maple Syrup

6 fresh eggs

10-15 slices of stale (or fresh) loaf bread

1 teaspoon of vanilla

2 teaspoons of cinnamon or nutmeg or both

1/2 cup of milk

1/4 cup of sugar

1 – 2 sticks of margarine

Mix all ingredients together until frothy.  While you’re doing this get your skillet ready by heating on medium and melt 1 stick of margarine.  Dip slices of the bread in the egg mixture coating both sides well and slide into melted butter in skillet.  Brown on both sides and move to warmed platter (warm mine in the microwave about 20 seconds).  Serve with fresh maple syrup and a tall glass of cold milk!!  Good stuff!

June 12, 2013

Summer Deviled Eggs

Bacon Deviled Eggs

12 eggs, at least a week to 10 days old (peel better)

1 T. apple vinegar

Large pot of water

Add eggs to water and then add vinegar.  Boil for 15 – 20 minutes.  Cool and peel.  Cut in half lengthwise, empty cooked/solid yolk into separate container.  Put whites on serving platter.

Mash eggs very fine.  Add the following:

1/4 – 1/2 cup of favorite mayonnaise

Salt & pepper to taste

1 T. mustard

1 T. apple vinegar

3 T. sugar

Mix all together until you have the consistency you want for the eggs.  Using a table-spoon, fill the egg whites.  Sprinkle lightly with paprika for flavor and color.  Cool and serve.

My family gorges themselves on these beauties!

May 13, 2013

Black Bean Salad

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 can french style green beans, drained

1 can whole kernel corn, drained

1 can baby peas, drained

1 small jar pimento, drained

1 can cubed tomatoes, drained

1 can cannellini beans, drained

1 large red onion, diced

3-4 stalks of celery, diced

1 small jar of zesty Italian dressing

2 packets of Hidden Valley ranch dip mix

Drain all vegetables and mix together in large bowl.  Add celery and onions.  Mix together in small bowl the dressing and dip mix, thoroughly.  Pour over the vegetables and store in fridge for at least four hours in covered bowl.  This is such a filling dish and got a little zest!  I could eat it all myself!

March 8, 2013

Lime Jello Salad

Lime jello salad

I usually make a double dose of this recipe because we like it so much, so my ingredients are exactly double.  Split the ingredients in half to fit a 9 x 9 Pyrex dish.  The best part about this dish is you can mix it all up in the same bowl you prepare it in if you want.

2 – 3 oz. boxes of lime jello

2 c. boiling water

1-20 oz. can of crushed pineapple, undrained

1-16 oz. container of small curd cottage cheese

2 c. of your favorite mayonnaise

2 c. pecan pieces

Pour boiling water over jello and stir until completely dissolved.  Let cool at least 30 minutes and add the pineapple and stir well.  This helps cool the jello mixture too.  Stir in cottage cheese, mayonnaise and pecan pieces.  Dump into your deepest bowl or large Pyrex baking dish.  Place in fridge for several hours until set or overnight.  You’re going to love it!!

Country Fried Turkey or Venison Tenderloin

8-12 slices of tenderized turkey breast or deer tenderloin

2 c. seasoned flour for coating

1 large diced onion

1 stick of butter

2 T. of cooking oil

Melt butter and oil together in skillet at medium heat.  Add onions and sauté.  Coat turkey or tenderloin slices in flour and drop into hot skillet of sautéed onions.  Brown on both side but watch carefully and don’t burn.  I usually turn the meat a three or four times.  Pour enough water over meat to cover and let simmer for about 15 – 20 minutes watching that the water doesn’t completely evaporate.  Place slices of meat in deep bowl and pour leftover gravy over meat and serve.   Wonderful with mashed potatoes and green beans!!

 

Rita’s Baked Beans

2 cans Bush’s Original Baked Beans

2# ground beef, elk or venison, browned

1 large diced onion

1 large diced green pepper

1 T. Worcestershire sauce

1 T. mustard

6-8 strips of lean bacon

Pour beans into a large casserole dish and set aside.  While browning the meat, add the diced onion and green peppers.  When browned nicely add the Worcestershire and mustard and stir.  Pour over the beans and stir well.  Place strips of bacon over the bean mixture.  Place in 350* oven and heat for about 30-45 minutes or until bacon is cooked and crisp but not burnt.  Remove from oven and serve.  Great with steaks or hotdogs and hamburgers.

 

Broccoli Casserole

3 c. chopped, cooked broccoli florets

1 large, chopped, onion

1 ½ c. mayonnaise

3 eggs, well beaten

1 ½ cans Cream of Mushroom soup (or Cream of Onion)

1 c. grated cheddar cheese

½ stick butter

½ pkg. stuffing mix

Mix broccoli with onion, mayonnaise, eggs,  and soup.  Pour into a greased 13x9x2 greased casserole dish.  Cover with grated cheese.  Melt the ½ stick of butter and mix with the stuffing mix.  Sprinkle over the casserole.  Bake at 350* for 45 minutes and serve.   

This is my personal favorite at holiday meals.

 

Eddie’s Custard Pie

Custard Pies

4 eggs, room temperature

½ t. salt

¾ c. sugar

1 can evaporated milk (not small can)

1 c. water

1 t. vanilla

¼ t. nutmeg

9” unbaked pie shell, deep dish

Combine all ingredients and beat well.  Pour into pie shell which has been placed on a pizza pan or baking  pan covered with foil (save on clean up later, see my pan below).  Place in oven and bake at 425* for ten minutes and reduce heat to 350* and bake 35-40 minutes or crust is golden brown and filling is set.  Remove from oven, cool and serve.  YUMMY!!  I usually make two batches at a time because we love these things.

Our Favorite Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake

2 sticks butter, room temperature

½ c. cooking oil, I use Wesson

3 c. sugar

5 large eggs, room temperature

3 c. all-purpose flour

1 c. milk, room temperature

1 t. vanilla flavoring

1 t. lemon flavoring  (Sometimes I vary the flavorings, favorite is Cocoanut or Black Walnut)

Cream butter, sugar and oil until smooth.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.  Combine flour and baking powder.  Alternate with milk and beat well after each addition.  Add flavoring and stir well.  Pour into greased and floured tube or bundt pan.  Bake one hour in preheated 350* oven or golden brown.  Let cool and turn on to a  cake plate.   I wrap mine in plastic wrap to keep moist but it usually doesn’t last long enough to dry out.

 

 

9 responses to “Recipes From My House to Yours

  1. Barbara Malone

    Hershey bar cake?! Have to try that!

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  2. We need your bread pudding recipe!!! How do you make these recipes and still loose weight!!!

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  3. I’m going to try the pound cake. My family will love it, they’ll think of their grandmother when they eat it. Thank you Miss Rita

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  4. My family has enjoyed the Lime Jell-O salad. I’m proposing that my wife try the broccoli casserole next. I appreciate your recipes. Thank you for posting them.

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  5. I can see this page… very good 🙂

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