Corn Chip Salad

Easter Sunday is always special.  It’s especially special when it’s spent with family and friends. This Easter we were invited to Irene’s house for Sunday lunch. As always, she had quite the spread. “I’m not having ham,” she told me when I got the invitation. Who cares, I thought, it’ll be good no matter what she serves.   I was right. It was good. So, so good. The only thing I had to bring was rolls. … Read more

Colored Easter Eggs

Coloring eggs for Easter was a yearly tradition.  I don’t know how many days the colored eggs sat in a basket on the kitchen table, but I am certain it was not just a day or two.  We ate them, and no one got sick. A week or two before Easter, our mother hard-boiled several dozen eggs. The oilcloth on the kitchen table was covered with newspapers as we filled mug after mug with different … Read more

Oatmeal Bread

Hands down, this oatmeal bread is my husband’s favorite homemade bread.  I got the recipe from his aunt Sue, who got it from her sister Edna. I’ve seen oatmeal bread recipes in many cookbooks over the years, so I don’t know from where it originated.  I don’t make it as often as I make other bread, so every once in a while Dave has to remind me that this is his favorite, and he wonders … Read more

Home Canned Beef

Home canned beef is such a great addition to anyone’s pantry. It can be used in casseroles, soups, stews, sandwiches, or just served as a main course in a meal. For years, I was able to get our Food Lion meat department to cut beef (or chicken) into chunks for me. I’d purchase twenty to forty pounds to can at a time.  With the changing of the packaging in our local store, I was unable … Read more

Homemade Scalloped Potatoes

  When I make this recipe, I am back in my mother’s kitchen on a winter evening.  I remember the day I wanted to learn how she made her scalloped potatoes.  There really wasn’t anything to it, she said.  All I needed, she assured me, was potatoes, milk, salt and pepper, and a few dabs of butter. Baking potatoes work best.  Wash the potatoes, then peel them.  Slice into thin slices and put them into … Read more