Congealed Jello with Applesauce

  This congealed salad is festive for any season or meal, and rather simple to make.  You just need four ingredients: water, jello, applesauce, and lemon juice. One of the things I like about it (besides it cool, refreshing flavor) is that it can be made a day or two ahead.  It’s also easy to fix to serve to a large crowd of folks.  You can put it into a flat storage container and serve … Read more

Made From Scratch Biscuits

From a Yankee to a Southerner I was born a Yankee, and where I come from, bread is more of a specialty than biscuits. Then I married a Yankee-became-southern-after-a-move man and we raised our kids in southern Virginia – where hand-squished biscuits are often served all three meals of the day.  Only problem was, I didn’t know a think about making this kind of biscuits.  If I can learn, so can you! Where I got … Read more

Fresh Homemade Apple Pie

  I know that a freshly baked apple pie is the very best – especially when it’s homemade. I  have a recipe for  homemade apple pie filling, and that’s usually my go-to for apple pie.  When you’re out of ingredients for a freshly-baked pie, homemade apple pie filling  is next best.  If you want to can some homemade pie filling, go to that recipe. One day as I was out and about, I got a text … Read more

5-Bean Chili Soup

There are as many different ways to make chili soup as there are potato salad. Over the years, I’ve added and changed until I’ve got a method for chili soup madness.  I usually make several gallons and put some in the freezer.  When our kids were small, they didn’t like chili soup if it had kidney beans in it.  So I used pinto beans.  Then I gradually added kidney beans with the pinto beans.  Over … Read more

Easy Homemade Cornbread

  Cornbread is best when served fresh out of the oven – especially when it’s baked in a cast iron skillet!  You can bake it in any pan, but there’s something about the taste when it’s baked in cast iron that is just plain down-home country. I got this recipe from my friend Bertha Showalter years ago when we had dinner in their home.  My kids devoured her cornbread and I asked for the recipe. … Read more