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“Just like Mom’s” potato salad recipe

What is up with store bought potato salad? Small chunks of potatoes drowning in an overly sweet, sloppy sauce. Everybody buys it because it's convenient but nobody really likes it. Why can't they make a potato salad like Mom's? It's 11:59 p.m. on July 4 and I'm raiding the leftover potato salad bowl. My Mom makes the… Continue reading “Just like Mom’s” potato salad recipe

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Barb’s Favorite Carrot Cake

Carrot cake was not a popular thing when I was a kid. In fact, I never heard of it until I was in my 20's. I remember that it didn't sound very appealing. A cake made with a vegetable? Come on. Really? But my mother-in-law at the time swore that it was delicious and she… Continue reading Barb’s Favorite Carrot Cake

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Old Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies

These cookies may look rather plain but looks can be deceiving. These puffy, sugar coated rounds are packed with flavor. I bake them throughout the year as a special cookie jar treat. Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies 1/2 cup shortening (part butter or margarine) 1 cup sugar one egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 2/3 cups all-purpose… Continue reading Old Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies

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Peanut Butter Pie

In the early 90s, I completed part of my college coursework locally, at one of Kent State University's branch campuses. I worked at a local bakery in the morning. In the afternoon I hurried off to classes. Those were fun days filled with friends and a heavy schedule of student activities (I was student body president… Continue reading Peanut Butter Pie

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Baking Pumpkin Pie: the Best Ever Recipe Trick

Pumpkin pie isn't just my husband's favorite pie. It's his favorite food. My dad's too. Both men live for Thanksgiving when they get the first pumpkin pies of the season. The first time I made pumpkin pie for my husband he declared it to be the best pie he'd ever eaten.   When I started… Continue reading Baking Pumpkin Pie: the Best Ever Recipe Trick

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Coconut Washboard Cookies: an Adaptation of an Old-Time Recipe

Coconut Washboards are an old fashioned cookie that has been around since my great grandmother's day. When I came across a few original recipes I was reluctant to try any of them because the reviews weren't very good. But with half a bag of  coconut in my fridge that I wanted to use up I made some adaptations to fix the problems that… Continue reading Coconut Washboard Cookies: an Adaptation of an Old-Time Recipe

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Recipe #12: Fudgie Scotch Ring

Recipe #12 is not a cookie at all. It's a simple and easy retro candy recipe that my mother first made back in the 70's. At the time, the recipe could be found in every "woman's" magazine. It soon became an annual favorite in our family. The special flavor created with a few simple ingredients is hard to… Continue reading Recipe #12: Fudgie Scotch Ring