Mom’s Chocolate Cake..Heavenly

Mother’s Day is every day to me. My Mother was a registered nurse and a wonderful cook. Friends and family enjoyed her company. A smile and laughter were always with her as well as her funny jokes. Everyone enjoyed them too, almost as much as her cooking. Time passes, memories stay with us.

Mother at Lake Louise

Ingredients

2 cups cake flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp soda

1 tsp vinegar

1/2 cup shortening

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs

(The Egg And You…)

To test the age of an egg, place in deep pan of cold water.  If it lies on its side, it is fresh.  If it stands at an angle, it is probably 3-4 days old.  If it stands on end upright, it is over 10 days old.  If it floats to the top…get rid of it!

1 cup sour milk

2 squares bitter chocolate

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Sift and measure flour.  Add salt and sift 3 times.  Cream shortening, add sugar and one egg (unbeaten).

Mix well – add another egg & beat 2 minutes.

Add vanilla, flour and sour milk.  

Add melted chocolate and mix.

Lastly, dissolve soda in vinegar and add to batter.  Beat a few seconds.

Bake for 30 minutes (or more) in 350 deg. oven. (11×13 Pan)

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Icing

2 cups powdered sugar

1 sq. chocolate

3 tbsp butter

6 tbsp cream

1/4 tsp Black Walnut Extract

1/2 cup nutmeats

Dissolve chocolate and butter in double boiler.

Add other ingredients and beat until creamy

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Mary Anne Whitchurch Tuck

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MACK’S PLUM PUDDING..for last minute holiday entertaining…

Not sure who Mack might be, but his recipe found its way into my recipe collection.  Sounds simple and quick. Just a thought though, I really wouldn’t wait until the last minute to try it. You can always make it again for a special holiday.

INGREDIENTS

1 small lemon jello

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1/4 tsp Cloves

3/4 Cup Ground Raisins

3/4 Cup Ground Dates

3/4 Cup Grape Nuts cereal

3/4 Cup Chopped Nuts

Make jello using “boiling” water

Add cinnamon & cloves & cool slightly

Grind raisins & dates & add to above & mix well

Stir in Grapenut cereal & mix well

Cool slightly so nuts will not soften & add nut meats.

Set overnight.

Serve with whipped cream or ice-cream

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Mary Anne Whitchurch Tuck

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COOL and UNUSUAL..COCONUT DESSERT

Sounds good to me!

CRUST

1 cup flour

1/2 cup oleo

1/2 cup pecans (chopped)

1/3 to 1/2 cup crushed corn flakes 

2 tbsp sugar

Mix and press into a 9 x 13 pan.  Bake at 375deg for 12-15 minutes

TOPPING

1 8oz pkg Philadelphia cream cheese

1 Cup powdered Sugar

1 Cup Cool Whip 

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Cream the cream cheese.  Add powdered sugar and fold in the Cool Whip.  Spread on the crust.  Over this spread cool custard, made as follows; Prepare 2 pkg coconut cream pudding mix using only 3 cups milk.  Cool.  Top with remaining Cool Whip.  Sprinkle with Toasted Coconut and refrigerate.  

(Toast the coconut while baking the crust.)

That’s about it.  Hope you like it!

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Mary Anne Whitchurch Tuck

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CAULIFLOWER SALAD..EASY AND DIFFERENT..

Daddy With His Pet Raccoon

Written on a piece of note paper and in my Mother’s handwriting. I always trust Mother not to lead me astray. Let’s try this one.

1 Head Cauliflower

1/4 Cup grated onion

1/2 Cup Miracle Whip Salad Dressing

8 oz pkg Cream Cheese

Whip onion, salad dressing & cheese until it coats cauliflower & carrots.  Let refrigerate overnight.

Let me know how you like this. Sounds interesting. Looks to me like the cream cheese will make the difference.

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Stella’s Date Pinwheel Cookies..Top Of The Line

Mother used to make these cookies and they are definitely my favorite cookie recipe. Takes a bit of time but they’re worth every moment you  spend. I call them “the Cadillac” of the cookies. Folks will love them!

FILLING

2 1/4 Cups pitted chopped dates

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 cup chopped nuts

(Boil slowly 10 minutes, mixing constantly.. let cool until warm)

MIX TOGETHER

1 cup shortening

2 cups brown sugar

3 eggs (beaten)

4 cups sifted flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp soda

Roll out dough on floured surface about 3/8″ thick.  Spread thickened filling on it.

Roll up into roll and wrap with waxed paper. Refrigerate several hours or until firm enough to slice.

Bake 10-12 minutes at 400 deg.

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Tender Chicken & Rice Casserole

This little recipe is written on a piece of note paper and it’s all ragged around the edges as if it’s been handled a bit. However, it’s in my Mother’s handwriting, so I know it’s a good one.

1  7 oz pkg Minute Rice

1  Can Cream of Mushroom Soup

1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup

1 Can Milk (soup can)

Mix together & pour into 9×13 dish.

Over the top, lay pieces of uncooked chicken.  Sprinkle 1 pkg. dried onion soup mix over the chicken.

Cover with aluminum foil & seal the edges.

Bake 2 hours @ 350 Deg.

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Johnny Hoosier Cake

This recipe is in my mother’s handwriting, so apparently her blessing is upon it. I’ve never used it, but it reads well. Maybe you should try it.

Sift into bowl..2 cups flour, 1 tsp. soda, 2 cups sugar.

Melt 2 sticks oleo, add 4 Tblsp cocoa & 1 cup water. Bring to rapid boil. Pour over dry ingredients.

Add 1 cup buttermilk, 2 eggs, 1 tsp. vanilla. Mix well.

Bake in jelly roll pan @ 350 deg…15 or 20 minutes until done. (Cake will be moist.)

ICING

Melt 1 stick oleo. Add 4 TBLSP cocoa, 6 TBLSP buttermilk. Bring to boil, add 1 lb. powdered sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla & 1 cup nutmeats & beat.

That’s about it!

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Yummy Strawberry Dessert

If this tastes as good as the ingredients sound, we should have a remarkable offering for family and friends. Let’s go!

2 10oz pkgs frozen strawberries

1 can crushed pineapple (drained)

3 mashed bananas

1 cup chopped pecans (nuts)

1 small pkg strawberry jello

1 cup boiling water

1 large carton sour cream

Dissolve jello in water, stir in strawberries, bananas, pineapple & nuts. Pour half into dish and refrigerate. When set, spread sour cream over top. Then add the rest of the jello. Refrigerate again.

Hmm…sounds simple. Let’s try it!

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Amazing Coconut Pie

If it wasn’t for recognizing her handwriting, I wouldn’t know which recipes were from Mother or someone else. This one is hers. Did I tell you she was a great cook? Mother was a registered nurse. When she was at work, Grandma Matteson (her Mother) did the cooking. I’ll have more of Grandma’s recipes later. Stay tuned.

2 C Milk

3/4 C White Sugar

1/2 Cup biscuit mix 

4 Eggs

1/4 C Oleo

1 1/2 t vanilla

1 C Baker Angel Flake Coconut

Combine first four ingredients in electric blender.  Cover and blend on low speed 3 minutes.  Pour into greased 9 inch pie pan.  Let stand 5 minutes then sprinkle with coconut.  Bake 350 deg. for 40 minutes.  Serve warm or cool.

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Mary Anne Whitchurch Tuck

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Mom’s Macaroni and Cheese

One of my Mother’s favorite casserole recipes. She had many. Written in pencil on the back of a place mat, it’s in her handwriting. Seeing her handwriting is precious to me. It isn’t fancy, but it’s good if my Mother is sharing it.

8 oz  Macaroni

3 T  Oleo

2 C  Milk

2 T  Cornstarch or flour

1/4 C  Grated Onion

1/2  t  Dry Mustard

1/4 t  Worcestershire Sauce

1/4  t  Salt

1/8 t  Pepper

8 oz  Grated Cheddar Cheese

Cook macaroni. Drain and place in buttered 2 qt casserole.. In sauce pan melt butter, saute onion, stir in flour.  Slowly add milk until thickened. Add spices, cheese, stir until melted.  Pour over macaroni, sprinkle with crumbs.  Bake at 350 deg 30-40 minutes. (She didn’t say what kind of crumbs. You’ll have to figure that out for yourself.)

Mary Anne Whitchurch Tuck

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