Burnt Sugar Cake

So far, this is my favorite recipe from these little Pillsbury Bake-Off cookbooks. It’s amazing. Why it didn’t win first prize is baffling. The Burnt Sugar Cake from Pillsbury’s 3rd Grand National Bake-Off Contest, 1952 was developed by Dolores H. Schlesser, Junior winner from Iowa. I’ve made this cake a few times & every time I change […]

Wild Leeks with Bacon & Potatoes

OK spring is finally, SLOWLY, creeping it’s way into Michigan. I haven’t found any morels yet, but we did harvest bucketfuls of wild leeks, better known as ramps. Wild leeks are totally different than the big, fat leeks in grocery stores. These are tiny, about as big around as a pencil. These little spring veggies […]

Gluten Free Pączki

Fat Tuesday is coming & around here, that means Pączki Day! The only tragedy in Pączki Day is…gluten free pączki are damn near impossible to find. Sure you could order them online, but that would cost a million dollars shipping and they’re already a day old before you set eyes on them. The best way to ensure a tasty, fresh, free […]

Pillsbury Bake-Off Cookbooks

In 1949, Pillsbury held their first baking contest. Every year, they put out these little cookbooks with all the wining recipes. Somehow, in the last few years, I have become addicted to them. Cookbooks and Pyrex! I’m baking my way through these books and am having a blast. So far, fingers crossed, each recipe has […]

Not Your Granny’s Fruitcake

  If you’ve never tried fruitcake because you feared the horror stories, or you’ve tasted store-bought fruitcake that should have been sold as a boat anchor, I’ve got a surprise for you; a fruitcake that actually tastes good! To keep the fruitcake from drying out and becoming our next doorstop, I soak the dried fruit in Polish vodka. I’ve heard […]

Gluten-Free Wish List

Once we’ve all recovered from our Thanksgiving feast, Christmas shopping usually follows soon after. If you’re adventurous enough to brave the crowds on Black Friday, I’ve put together a list of just a few things for the gluten-free loved ones in your life. If Black Friday isn’t your idea of fun, join me in shopping Small […]

Pork Chops & Veggies

This recipe is so easy, it almost doesn’t need writing. But, because it’s simple and speedy, it has become a frequent supper at our house. Any sturdy vegetable will work here; carrots, rutabaga, cubes of winter squash, etc. Ingredients: 2 pounds pork chops 1 pound green beans 1 pound potatoes lard Lawry’s salt Directions: Preheat […]

Bean Stew

I gotta say, working my way through these Pillsbury Bake-Off cookbooks was a great idea. I have yet to be disappointed. Today’s recipe for Bean Stew was modified from a Great Northern Bean stew by Ellen Anders of Big Bend Wisconsin from the 35th Pillsbury Bake-Off contest in 1992. She originally used a 28 ounce jar of Great Northern beans, […]

Apple Cider Cake

Fall is apple season in Michigan. Our apple tree seems to be on strike this year, so I’ve been buying up as many apples as I could from the local farmers’ markets. Now is the best time to stock-up on fresh apple cider too. Sure, they have apple cider in the stores, but read the […]