Cucumber tea sandwiches
appetizers & snacks, lunch box, vegetarian

Granny’s Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

I was talking to my mom about the menu for my party this weekend, and she suggested I make my grandmother's cucumber sandwiches. She went on and on about how great they are. Unfortunately, I don't remember Granny ever making these for me, so I had to take my mom's word for it (and thankfully… Continue reading Granny’s Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

German potato salad
sides

Grandma’s German Potato Salad

This German potato salad has been my favorite since I was a child. Every time we'd go visit my grandmother, I was hoping for this, goulash, and her chicken and dumpling soup. Even if we were going for a day trip, we'd constantly be eating. I think she's the reason I love cooking for people… Continue reading Grandma’s German Potato Salad

desserts, disaster, vegetarian

Great Aunt Corrine’s Fudge

I used to love eating this as a kid. I took it to school as birthday treats instead of cupcakes many times. It's not as soft as traditional fudge, but so delicious! As my mom says, it's a tricky recipe, but so worth it. I had to call mom part of the way through to… Continue reading Great Aunt Corrine’s Fudge

soups

Ma’s Ham & Bean Soup

I posted my mother in law's ham recipe the other day, and I recommended saving the unused sauce, the leftover ham, and pan juices for later. This is why! You can make this on the stovetop in a large pot of dutch oven, or in an extra large crock pot. I'll admit we've sometimes had the… Continue reading Ma’s Ham & Bean Soup

main courses

Ma’s Ham

This is my mother-in-law's recipe. I'm really not a big ham eater, but I really, really like this ham. Make sure you save the leftovers (including the leftover sauce, drippings, and carcass) to make ham and bean soup! I'll be posting the ham and bean soup recipe separately. Ingredients 1 whole ham Whole cloves (optional… Continue reading Ma’s Ham

desserts, vegetarian

Nana’s Carrot Cake

I can't take credit for this gorgeous carrot cake that occasionally appears on my header image. My spouse (at the time) made that using a family recipe. This recipe is on the thinnest piece of paper ever. It was clearly typed on a typewriter, but I have no idea how the paper didn't disintegrate when… Continue reading Nana’s Carrot Cake

desserts, vegetarian

Fruitcake Cookies

We used to make fruitcake cookies every Christmas when I was little. My mom has come to visit the last several years for Christmas, and we've made them again every time. They're just so good! If you hate fruitcake, don't assume you'll hate these. They really don't taste like an actual fruitcake. The main similarity with… Continue reading Fruitcake Cookies