Tag Archives: Family Recipe

Recipes passed down by my Grandmother or Mother – not necessarily their “own” but ones that were made by them.

Grandma’s Refrigerator Pickled Beets

My Grandma’s Refrigerator Pickled Beets are a simple, classic pickled beet that makes just enough to fill a jar. Because Grandma’s Refrigerator Pickled Beets are so easy, you can just knock them out when you have a few minutes.

Grandma's Refrigerator Pickled Beets
Grandma’s Refrigerator Pickled Beets
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Dad’s Traditional Welsh Cheese Rarebit

Let’s talk about Welsh Cheese Rarebit. On a rare occasion, when we were children, my Dad would cook for us. It was a big deal! It was a novelty, but most of all, he made it fun. Like an adventure. We’d all be right on top of him, waiting in anticipation. My favorite was Dad’s Welsh Cheese Rarebit.

Welsh Cheese Rarebit
Welsh Cheese Rarebit
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Smoked Sausage and Cabbage Soup Instant Pot or Stove-Top

If you grew up with this hearty & healthy soup, you already know that Smoked Sausage and Cabbage Soup is absolute comfort food. A bowl of this will warm you up even on the coldest days.

Smoked Sausage & Cabbage Soup
Smoked Sausage & Cabbage Soup

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Our Family’s Favorite Tacos

Our family's taco - make with a home-made classic seasoning or with our smokin' chipotle taco seasoning.

Unless you grew up around Mexican food, chances are your first introduction to it was probably the ground beef taco. And maybe you make them for your family – they’re fast, easy & everyone seems to love them from kids to kids at heart. I make a few different kinds of ground beef tacos, but these are our fave.

Our Family’s Favorite Tacos

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Enchiladas con Pollo

Enchiladas con Pollo: No cream of soup! Easy home-made sour cream & green chili sauce.

Years and years ago my sister gave me a cookbook called Women of Great Taste from the Junior League of Wichita, Kansas. It wasn’t a big cookbook, but I used it a LOT. Their Enchiladas con Pollo became a family favorite. Talk about cheesy creamy deliciousness!

Enchiladas con Pollo with a Green Chile Sour Cream Sauce

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Iowa Ham Balls with Sweet Sour Glaze

The real deal Iowa Ham Balls with a Sweet Sour Glaze. No soups or strange stuff, just great cookin'.

“No, ga-hrose! Ham Balls?” Yeah, my sister didn’t hold back when I told her I made them. Too bad she’s so far away coz I know I could convert her with these little lovelies. They’re the real, deal Iowa Ham Balls, heritage style. No soup or ketchup.

Iowa Ham Balls with Sweet/Sour Glaze
Iowa Ham Balls with Sweet/Sour Glaze

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Great Grandmother Lizzie’s Fruit Cake

My great Grandma's recipe. I had to research to find out why this cake, made with raisins, is called a fruit cake - originally they we called "plum" cakes in the old world...even tho they aren't made with plums, just dried fruit. Anyway, it's like a delicious spiced cake.

I was very excited to come across this recipe for Fruit Cake In my Grandmother’s recipe box. It came down from her Mother, Lizzie Maloney. It’s a rich, moist and lovely Gingerbread type cake and the spicing is beautiful.

Fruit Cake or Plum Cake (a very old recipe)
Fruit Cake or Plum Cake (a very old recipe)

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Toffee Bar Cake

Mom's Toffee Bar Cake: I did tinker just a bit, sorry Mom! I added MORE toffee & put it in a round pan.

Gosh I love chocolate, but caramelly goodness comes a close second. It doesn’t matter what form that caramel taste comes in, but one of my faves is English Toffee. Especially my Aunt Ginny’s English Toffee, but if I can’t have that, I’ll settle for a Heath or a Skor…you won’t have to twist my arm.

Toffee Bar Cake
Toffee Bar Cake

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The Best Beef Stroganoff?

The Best Beef Stroganoff: This is really perfect - the recipe came from Russia

Do any of you guys have that one Aunt? The one that always made you feel special and had just a little something extra to her personality? Mine was my Aunt Ginny, my Dad’s sister. She was definitely the fun Aunt.

My Aunt Ginny's Beef Stroganoff - she brought the recipe back from Russia during the Cold war.
My Aunt Ginny’s Beef Stroganoff – she brought the recipe back from Russia during the Cold war.

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Aunt Mary’s Angel Food Cake

Images. They can be seared into our consciousness in a heartbeat, so intensely that it seems they can never be forgotten. Riots, shootings, protests. Senseless death. It can all be a bit much. Overwhelming. Positive images can do the same thing, and I think we need more of them.

Angel Food Cake with Strawberries and a Mock Mascarpone Filling

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Frozen Lemon Meringue Cake

layers of ice cream, meringue and lemon curd!

I seem to be on a bit of a lemon kick, lately. To be more specific, a frozen lemon dessert kick. I recently posted a down-home family fave, a Frozen Lemonade Pie, and now I’m posting this more sophisticated Frozen Lemon Meringue Cake.

Frozen Lemon Meringue Cake
Frozen Lemon Meringue Cake

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