Category Archives: family recipes

Lemon Loaf Cake

Lemon Loaf Cake is a sweet and sour quick bread that can serve as dessert, breakfast or snack.

Lemon Loaf Cake can be dessert, snack or even breakfast

One day, a few years after I married my husband, he mentioned how much he’d like a slice of his sister’s lemon cake.  It was the first time I had heard that his sister even had a lemon cake.  What was this delectable sounding concoction of which my husband was dreaming?  I immediately wrote a letter to my sister-in-law asking for the recipe.  I am old enough and have been married long enough that snail mail was the “in” way to communicate back then.  Once I got my hot little hands on the recipe, this Lemon Loaf Cake quickly became a staple in our dessert line-up. Continue reading

Peanut Butter Blondies

Peanut Butter Blondies with chocolate chipsThis is another of my grandmother’s recipes.  Some of you might remember that she was the head baker for a school district in the 1970s.  She got up early every school day and baked treats for all of the schools in town.  Boy! Those were the days!  There is nothing this yummy on any of my kids’ lunch menus.  It’s no wonder my daughter prefers to take her lunch! Continue reading

Crab Layered Dip

Layered Crab Dip

Welcome to Day #1 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. With the big football game coming up, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread. Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers. We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes. Tune in each day starting with Monday, January 20 and ending on Saturday, January 25.


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My Mother-In-Law’s Fudge

My mother-in-law's fudge recipe
Welcome to Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th. Continue reading

Apricot Butterhorns

Apricot Butterhorns #apricot #rolls #yeastLong time readers will remember that my grandmother ran a restaurant out of her home in the 1950s.  It was by reservation only.  No one could just show up and expect a seat.  By doing this, Mamie always knew approximately how much food to make.  She offered menu choices to the person making the reservation and everything was pre-ordered.  When guests arrived and were seated, they were brought these Apricot Butterhorns instead of regular rolls and butter.  Continue reading

Creamy Spinach Casserole

Creamy Spinach Casserole

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Creamy Spinach Casserole
  • 2 10 oz bricks frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 8 oz brick cream cheese (can use low fat Neufchatel)
  • 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 beaten eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large pan, saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil until soft.
  2. Turn the heat to low and add cream cheese, stirring constantly until melted.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the eggs and Swiss cheese.
  4. Add the spinach.
  5. Season to taste.
  6. Spread into a greased casserole dish (or 9x13 glass pan)
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
  8. The edges should have a little brown on them.
This dish is very good with 1 cup of sauteed mushrooms thrown into the mix. I can see chopped artichokes, too.

Remember that scene in the movie Ratatouille, where the food critic, Anton Ego, takes a bite of the title dish and the camera does this zoom thing where he is suddenly a young boy eating at his mother’s table?  I had a moment like that the other day when I made this spinach dish.   Suddenly, I was four years old, sitting at the table  in our dining room in Massachusetts and all was right in the world. Continue reading

Frosted Peanut Butter Cookies

Frosted Peanut Butter CookiesLet’s see, how many different kinds of peanut butter cookies could you name in 30 seconds?  If you had asked me a few years ago, I think I’d have only come up with the regular, classic kind and the ones with Hershey kisses in the middle.  Since going gluten free, I have rediscovered the 3 Ingredient version.  After digging around some old recipe folders, I came across this frosted version that my mom came up with when my brothers were little.  I have another peanut butter cookie coming soon, too. Continue reading

Browned Butter Maple Pecan Pie

Browned Butter Pecan PieI know that I gave you a Butterscotch Pie for the day before Pi day, but I cannot resist throwing another one at you.  Can I tempt you with browned butter?  Who can resist?  Certainly none of my family did.  Again, like the last pie, the flavors get better with time.  12-24 hours is the optimal waiting time to get the best taste.  I will understand, though, if you cannot bring yourself to wait. Continue reading

Potato Salad

Classic Potato Salad

Summer = Potato Salad in my book.  Now that Tropical Storm Debby is out to sea, it’s time to start making plans for July 4th.  Last year at this time, we were all packed up and ready for a big move to Florida.  This year, we are actually getting ready to pack up one more time….We are buying a house ten miles from the one we are in right now.  However, the move is weeks away and because it’s so local, I am not even worrying about it yet, other than the occasional thought about where I should set up my photography station. Continue reading

Gram’s Molasses Cookies

Soft Molasses Cookies

When I was a little girl, my Aunt Marion always had Archway molasses cookies ready to serve when we visited.  She and my Uncle Alton (my grandfather’s twin brother) never had any children.  They were antique dealers.  Can you imagine their home?  It was like walking into a museum. They had really old, really good quality furnishings.  Marion fluttered around like a little bird.  As a child, I didn’t realize how nervous I must have made her.  She was probably hoping that nothing broke while I was visiting!  It’s a good thing that I was a quiet little girl. Continue reading

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Every so often, I wax nostalgic for the years I spent in the Pacific northwest.  The abundance of berries and fruit matched no where else I have lived before or since (though Florida does now come in a close second).  Each year, I would fill my freezer with strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.  I canned cherries, applesauce and jam.  I dehydrated grapes into my own raisins!  Perhaps what I miss most, however is the rhubarb.  I’d pick up 20 pounds of it so I could have it in the freezer all year long. Continue reading

Lofthouse Copycat Cookies

Lofthouse Cookie Copycat Recipe

I might just as well get the bad news over with….there’s no sense keeping you in suspense all the way through my ramblings.

I am discontinuing “Your Recipe, My Kitchen” as of right now.  Because I participate in at least 5 monthly challenges, some of which are based on using recipes from other blogs, I am finding that I don’t have enough time each week to make and post the things I want to.  I made a huge dent in my bookmarked recipe list.  That will have to do.  So thank you to all who have faithfully linked up each week.  Luckily, in this blogging world, where one steps down, another usually comes up with something else to fill in. Continue reading

Aunt Viola’s Chocolate Cookies

Cake-like Chocolate Cookies with Boiled Butter Frosting

Growing up, I was the only grandchild on my Mom’s side. It afforded me a lot of one on one time with the older grown ups. We would travel to upstate New York for the holidays and because I was the only child around, I was in the room while all of the visiting and reminiscing happened. My Grandmother’s sister, Viola included me on her Christmas shopping list for many years. She passed along to my Mom (who then passed on to me) the recipe for her Chocolate Cookies with Boiled Butter Frosting. Continue reading

Easy Date Drops

These cookies come from my mother-in-law.  When I first married the Good Guy, I had not tasted dates much and didn’t know if I liked them.  By our second Christmas together, we were living within 45 minutes of my in-laws and that is when I first tasted these treats.  This recipe has been in my mother-in-law’s recipe file for well over 50 years.  It just wouldn’t be Christmas in that house if these cookies didn’t make an appearance.   Continue reading