Southern Sweet Tea

  Confessions first.  I was bred and born in the north, very near the Mason-Dixon line.  We grew up drinking water and Kool-aid in the summer and hot chocolate in the winter.  This past year marked thirty years of marriage, which means I’ve now lived more years in the south than in the north.  I do make Sweet Tea, even though it’s taken me a long time to overlook the amount of sugar in each … Read more

Sloppy Joe Sandwiches

I grew up on these and didn’t know there was a recipe for them. Then my mother told me that the recipe she used most often for these sandwiches was in the Mennonite Community Cookbook. It has a different name there: Barbecued Hamburger. As most of us do, I’ve tweaked mine a little at times, and most of the time I just dump in and stir the ingredients.  Once I found a recipe that added cooked rice … Read more

Homemade Baked Beans

I know there are many choices of beans that a person can buy if they want to serve baked beans for a picnic or a potluck. Let me tell you this: after you’ve made this recipe, you won’t want to be just opening up a can of beans anymore. I got this recipe from my friend and neighbor Joyce who concocted it with a friend a few years back.  They were providing baked beans for … 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

Easy Dinner Rolls

I grew up in a home with a bakery attached to the kitchen.  My mother had a bread business; she mixed and baked sixty pounds of dough (two-pound loaves) at a time.  She sold bread, dinner rolls and cinnamon rolls to stores in town. We had all the homemade bread we ever wanted, and the only store-bought buns we used were for sandwiches like hot dogs and hamburgers. I could mix up sixty pounds of … Read more