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

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

Homemade Lemonade (Squeeze, Slice, Sugar)

During these hot summer heat waves, let this refreshing homemade lemonade cool your days. You can prepare the lemons with sugar ahead of time and store it in the freezer.  When you’re ready to make lemonade, just add water and allow it to flavor for two to three hours.  Voila!  You’ll wonder how you never thought of this yourself.   I got this recipe from my sister, who got it from a friend.  They made … 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

My Favorite Potato Salad

Hands down, this is my favorite potato salad recipe.  I got it from my sisters in Maryland who got it from our niece-in-law Beth in Nebraska, who got it from her Grandma Cross in Indiana. Good recipes are like that.  They travel by taste of mouth and before you know it, you’ve got a recipe that came from someone who got it from someone else who got it from . . . and the trail … Read more