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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Grandma's Applesauce Cupcakes with Ermine Buttercream

Grandmas Applesauce Cupcakes

Do you have old family recipes that just take you back to childhood? Maybe it’s a photo, maybe it’s the first whiff of them baking in the oven, or maybe it’s that first bite? This is one of those for me…my Grandma’s Applesauce Cupcakes.

Grandma's Applesauce Cupcakes with Ermine Buttercream

Grandma’s Applesauce Cupcakes with Ermine Buttercream

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My Grandmother’s Pie Crust

This is an easy pie crust - has vinegar AND an egg! So old, it originally calls for lard, but butter or shortening both work fine.

I might have to clarify on this recipe: This is just ONE of my Grandmother’s pie crusts. She was a great baker of pies. People fought over her pies. Seriously. I chose this very old-fashioned crust for my Sour Cream Raisin Pie because I believe both to be from around the same era. It’s delish, a bit like a shortbread and quite a bit different from the recipes I’ve seen or used.

Sour Cream Raisin Pie, showing my Grandma's Pie Crust

Sour Cream Raisin Pie, showing my Grandma’s Pie Crust

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Grandma's Old-Fashioned Date Pinwheels

Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Date Pinwheels

Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Date Pinwheels Icebox Cookies came down to me from my Grandma, Irene, my Mom’s Mom. Of all the cookies we had at Christmas, these were hands down my favorite. Now admittedly way back then (I was born in the ’50s,) cookies just weren’t what they are today, but these stand the test of time.

Grandma's Old-Fashioned Date Pinwheels

Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Date Pinwheels

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Beet Salad with Honey Citrus Vinaigrette

The Beet Goes on Salad

The Vinaigrette is so good you'll want to drink it!!

Some of you (yes, you know who you are, baby sis and big bro!) may have heard me waxing on poetically about the humble beet. I love them and am always looking for ways to add them in to my diet when they’re available at the grocery or farmer’s market.

Beet Salad with Honey Citrus Vinaigrette

The Beet Goes On Salad

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