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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Evelyn’s Classic Beef Jerky

This recipe card is dated December 10, 1989. Aunt Evelyn was a farmer’s wife and a good cook. I haven’t tried this Beef Jerky but here’s the recipe for you just in case your man loves this stuff as much as mine does.

3-5 lbs very lean round steak

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp black pepper

2 TBLSP liquid smoke

1 TBLSP salt

1 tsp garlic powder

A1 sauce…a little bit

1 cup warm water..mix together

Slice beef into strips 1/4 ” thick 1/2″ wide and about 4-5 ” long. Roll it thin with a rolling pin. Cut across grain of meat for crisp jerky.

Marinate in covered container several hours or overnight. Drain and pat dry w/paper toweling. Heat dry (about 175 deg) until it gets crispy according to your wishes. (Check it often) Seal in plastic bags.

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Jeanette’s Perfect Veggie Pizza

When the next door neighbor is a good friend and a good cook, you’ve got it made.

2 pkg Crescent rolls (Unroll & line jelly roll pan. )Bake at 350 deg.

8 – 12 minutes. Press gently if puffed up.

Mix together

1 # Cream cheese

1/2 Cup Mayonnaise

1/2 Cup Sour Cream

1 envelope Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing

Spread on Crust

Chop Fine 1/2 Cup each of the following;

Cauliflower, Broccoli, Carrots, Green Pepper, Green Onions, (Tomato & Mushroom if desired)

Mix the above vegetables together and sprinkle over the top

Sprinkle 3/4 to 1 Cup sharp grated cheddar cheese over top.

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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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Rum Balls…Mmmm

Haven’t made these in a long, long time. My recipe dates back to the forties. Might be just what you’d like to try. Let me know how it works out for you.

1/2 lb. Vanilla Wafers

1 Cup pwd. Sugar

2 TBLSP Cocoa

1 Cup finely chopped nuts (preferably pecans)

1/2 Cup Light Corn Syrup

1/4 Cup Rum

DIRECTIONS

Roll wafers into very fine crumbs. Mix with cup of pwd. sugar & cocoa. Add chopped nuts, syrup, and rum. Stir until blended with a stiff texture. Shape into 1 inch balls. Let stand 1 hour and roll in pwd. sugar and put nut on top. Put sugar on hands when shaping balls. Keep in tightly closed can for three days before using.

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Mrs. Quickel’s Apricot Squares (no. 4)

The short letter that Mrs. Quickel wrote is attached at the end of this recipe. I found it interesting.

6 cups flour

2 tabl sp sugar

3 beaten eggs

1/2 teas salt

1 lb lard

1 yst cake

3/4 cup scalded milk cooled to luke warm

Combine flour, lard, sugar & salt blended as for pie crust. Dissolve yst in warm milk, add to first mixture. Add eggs & knead to a smooth dough Refrig over nite in covered bowl.

Next..cover pie board with 1/4 cup sugar. Roll dough on sugar about 1/4 in. thick or a little thinner. Cut into 2 1/2 in. squares.

Into each square place a 1/2 teas apricot or any desired paste & fold up corners into a peak & pin with tooth picks.

Bake 15 min in 375 deg. oven. Remove tooth picks while warm. Picks can be reused.

We like cooked seasoned dried apricots best in these squares. However dried peaches or any jam is good. I’m going to try Baked Cranberries this year in the squares. The Apricot just seems to go so well with the sugared dough. We feel that ordinary jam is just too sweet. I thought the Baked Cran with less sugar would be tart too like apricots. It’s surprising how well you can pin in these squares for as soft as the dough is. Of course a few pop open during baking that’s why the paste should be sort of thick. this paste can be bought in cans too but again, we like the cooked dried apricots sweet taste.

Continuing with Mrs. Quickel’s short letter….

Hi…I’m sort of pushing the cart instead of pulling it. Ha. I thought I would only have a few min to write the recipes & I wanted you to have them before Christmas. We came home yesterday (Mon) noon & we can’t seem to get into the groove. Things sure happened since we saw you. One wonders how much wickedness we must endure. While it’s a tremendous burden for the Kennedy children I keep thinking of the Oswald children. They can never live down this tragic episode. I’m glad they live in the land of opportunity where if they lived in Russia they might be sent to Siberia.

Several Clear Lake men died last week also. A Mr. Nofsinger who had the L&M Market there next to the Beer Garden. The other man was Fred Miller. They used to have Shaw’s old cabins & gas station.

Well, I’ve got a few more things to put away etc. Here’s hoping you have a nice Holiday season. Sure was nice visiting with you folks. Hope we didn’t detain you too much.

Lovingly….Quickel

This note brings back memories of times when my Mother would receive a letter from her brothers in Illinois. It was usually a four page letter and required her to take some time, sit down and read, and find out what the family was doing. Now we have the internet. It doesn’t have that same homey quality, does it? Just remembering…..

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Almost time for spring..

Mrs. Quickel’s Orange Fluff Pie (no.3)

Do just as she says, and everything should come out just right.

1 can frozen Orange juice. Add 1 can cold water, 1/2 cup sugar. Heat to near boiling point. Pour over 1 pkg lemon Jello. Let this partly set. Add 1 can (tall) chilled Carnation Milk (whipped). Fold whipped milk gently into partly set Jello. Pour into baked pie shell & place in refrig for a few hours to set up.

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Mrs. Quickel’s Carrot Relish (no.2)

This one is short and sweet. Sounds good though. No excuses for not trying it.

8 standard size carrots (coarsely grated)

1 cup sugar,

1 lemon juice & grated rind

I use that grater that forms a sort of long thin sliver.

(Told you it was short.)

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Mrs. Quickel’s Baked Cranberries (no.1)

Florence Quickel and her husband were friends of my parents when I was a young girl. I remember going to their home on a little lake called Ambrose Lake north of the town where I grew to adulthood. The handwritten letter that contained four recipes and a note to my Mother was apparently written at or near the time of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. I will post her note after the last recipe which will be Apricot Squares. Hope you take the time to read it. I will record her recipes just as she has written them.

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In a shallow pan place 1 lb Cranberries, 2 1/4 C. sugar. Place in oven about 375 deg. & bake till soft. (watch carefully)

Take shallow small pan & take 1 tablsp creamery butter & toast 1 cup broken pieces of walnuts. (this can be done in oven at same time you bake cran.) This needs watching because it will burn very quickly.

When cran. are cooked, add the nuts, 1 cup orange marmalade, juice of 1 lemon.

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Tim’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

During the later years of his life, our son Tim enjoyed baking. One of his favorite recipes was this one. He gave the recipe to me over the phone, so every time I look at this insignificant piece of paper where I jotted it down, I remember the joy of hearing him talk about his great cookies. Memories really are wonderful, don’t you think?

1 Cup Soft Butter

1 Cup White Sugar

1 Cup Brown Sugar (Packed)

2 Eggs

2 tsp Vanilla

3 Cups Flour

1 tsp Baking Soda

2 tsp Hot Water

1/2 tsp Salt

2 Cups Chocolate Chips

Bake in 350 deg oven – 10 minutes approximately

Yields 4 dozen

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