Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings

Apple dumplings – what a treat! Summer is here produce is bountiful.  There are so many choices of fruits and vegetables.   Canning season is in progress and before we know it, autumn will be here. This is the recipe that my mother used, and it comes from The Mennonite Community Cookbook. I grew up with this recipe, but my mother didn’t use red hot candies in the sauce.  I married a man whose mother did  … Read more

Delectable Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

When you see this delectable chocolate cake, you’ll think it is difficult to make.  It isn’t, especially if you make it a few days or a week ahead and freeze the cake.  Then, the day before you want to serve it, slice it horizontally (while still partially frozen), mix up the filling, and put the four layers together.  You can even make the filling a day ahead if you’d like, which decreases your assembly time … Read more

Cream Cheese Fruit Delight

Cream Cheese Dessert. This is a great dessert, no matter which season of the year.  I grew up on this dessert, and someone almost always brought it to family reunions or church potluck dinners.  It’s one of those dishes that keeps people coming back for more.   We referred to this as Cherry Delight because it was often made with cherries.  Sometimes we made Blueberry Delight.  I’ve changed the name because when you’re making it … Read more

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Strawberry season is here.   That means summer is just around the corner.  It’s time to make that strawberry pie! We picked up some freshly-picked strawberries last evening.   The pie is ready to be served tonight. The recipe I use comes from Mennonite Country-Style Recipes & Kitchen Secrets, compiled by Esther H. Shank and published by Herald Press, Scottdale, Pennsylvania.  You can use this recipe for any kind of fresh fruit pie. Strawberries, sugar, jello … Read more