Grandma Beth’s Coffee Cake

by Mrs. W. Benz (my Grandma) 1/2 cup butter 1-8oz pkg. philadelphia cream cheese 1 1/2 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 2 cups sifted flour 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 cup milk 1 tsp. baking powder Garnish with fruit and nuts Cream butter, cheese, and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat thoroughly. Add sifted dry ingredients in thirds alternately with milk, beating until smooth after each addition. Spread in a greased 9 x 12 oven pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.   Topping 2 tbsp. butter (cold) …

Help I’ve run out of this ingredient, what else can I use?

If you’re cooking or baking and in the middle of a recipe and suddenly find that you’re out of something it can really become a problem. Either you have to stop everything in the middle of the recipe, run to the store or run to your neighbor’s house hoping they have what you need. Here’s a list of some helpful ingredients that you may already have to do just the trick without ever leaving your kitchen. 1 cup of milk  = 1/2 cup of evaporated milk & 1/2 cup of water 1 cup sifted all purpose flour = 1 cup …

Betty’s French Dressing

This is a family recipe passed down from my mother Betty.  We always have it at family picnics. It’s easy and tasty. Takes about 5 minutes to mix up. Mom uses her blender. 1 can tomato soup 1/2 cup sugar 3/4 cup salad oil 3/4 cup vinegar 1 tsp salt 1 tsp white pepper 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp prepared mustard dash of paprika Combine all ingredients, mix well. Refrigerate. Serve over a salad of mixed greens, tomatoes, & cucumbers.

Russian Tea Cakes

1 cup butter 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar 1 tsp real vanilla 3/4 cup pecans dash of salt 2 1/4 cups sifted flour Cream together butter & sugar. Add vanilla, nuts & flour. Chill 1 hour. Shape into small balls 3/4 to 1 inch in size. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet in 350-degree oven for 25-30 minutes. While still warm roll in powdered sugar. Twice.

Spritz Cookies

1 Cup butter 3/4 Cup sugar 1 egg 2 1/4 cups sifted flour 1/2 tsp. baking powder dash of salt 1/2 tsp. almond extract 1 package of dark chocolate chips melted   Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cream together buttter & unbeaten egg. Beat well. Add sifted dry ingredients and extract. Fill cookie press and form cookies on the ungreased sheet. Bake 10 minutes in 400-degree oven. Makes about 5 dozen. If you like you can dip them into melted semi-sweet chocolate & sprinkles after the cookies are cooled or sandwich them together with jam.

Chicken & Rice Casserole

  1 1/2 cups uncooked instant rice Mix & heat in pot: 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 can cream of celery soup 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 can filled with water 4-5 chicken breasts In large baking dish pour most of the soup mixture over uncooked rice & mix well. Add uncooked chicken breasts (with bone in them) on top of rice & soup mixture. Cover with the remaining soup mixture. Bake for 3 hours at 275 degree oven uncovered.  

Grandma Beth’s German Potato Salad

  Grandma Beth’s German Potato Salad 5 lbs red potatoes cooked & sliced & peeled 1 large onion cut up very small 1/2 lb. bacon cut up, fry & drain off the grease 4 hard boiled eggs, chopped 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup white vinegar, deluted with 2 cups of water Salt to taste. Cornstarch for thickening In a large bowl add the cut up potatoes, & onions & the brine (the vinegar & water). Stir with 1/2 cup of sugar & keep adding. if too tart for your taste, add about 1 1/2 tsp salt & add more water, …

Mom’s Brownie Recipe

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3/4 cup butter 1 1/2 cup sugar 3 eggs 3 squares melted unsweetened chocolate 1 cup + 2 tbsp. flour 1/2 tsp. salt If you want to make this a ” girls night of fun brownies” you can exchange the vanilla for some Godiva chocolate liquor & also add some baileys Irish cream instead of milk to make Lori’s secret Chocolate Martini Butter Cream.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease & flour a 13″ x 9″ cake pan. Cream together butter, sugar & eggs. Add flour. Add melted chocolate. Pour into baking pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Note if you …