Party planning

I was digging through Grandma Sara's recipe box to find something good to share. It seems that the recipes that impressed her most were for desserts. There are cookies, cakes, pies galore.  Also, a good number of casseroles... but mostly sweets. I've selected a couple to share in the coming weeks. I also found two … Continue reading Party planning

Molasses Cookies

It was the rare visit to Grandma Sara's house when there wasn't a plate of cookies to share, and if there wasn't, profuse apologies would ensue. Molasses Cookies were in Grandma Sara's heavy rotation. In fact, I have three separate recipe cards in her handwriting, and I remember asking her to write it for me … Continue reading Molasses Cookies

Ham Bone (Bean) Soup

This is another one of those recipes that's difficult to attribute to one grandma or the other, because both of them made it regularly. In my opinion, this soup is best made by members of the Grange or the Lions Club or the Moose or Elks or the Fire Company or the Lutheran Church - … Continue reading Ham Bone (Bean) Soup

Meg’s Mom’s Sand Tart Cookies

My mom has made these thin, crispy cut-outs at Christmas for as long as I can remember. The same treats could be found at both Grandma Sara and Grandma Losch's homes in December each year. When I married, I discovered that my mother-in-law also makes the same recipe each year! Must be a Pennsylvania thing. Make … Continue reading Meg’s Mom’s Sand Tart Cookies

Grandma Sara’s Butter Brickle

Here's one you'll want to add to your holiday cooking list, and I'm telling you right now, plan on making a double batch because it goes fast. This is Grandma Sara's butter brickle, or English toffee. She made it every year at Christmastime, and a batch of this, placed in a special piece of pottery, … Continue reading Grandma Sara’s Butter Brickle

Chicken Pot Pie (Pennsylvania Dutch-style)

Anyone who knows me well knows that Chicken Pot Pie is on the heavy rotation menu at our house. We all loooove it. My mom made it, and so did both of my grandmothers. For some reason, though, I have stronger memories of my Grandma Losch (my mom's mother) making this. Chicken Pot Pie is … Continue reading Chicken Pot Pie (Pennsylvania Dutch-style)