Apple Pie Filling

I’ve had this recipe for a quarter of a century.  I got it from my mother-in-law, Mom Slabach.  I have no idea where she got the recipe.  Every time I make a batch of this, I think of Mom, because the recipe is in her handwriting.   And every time I make a batch of this, I miss her. She’s enjoying better apple pie than we can ever make here on earth.  You can read … Read more

Graham Cracker Pudding

Graham Cracker Pudding takes me back to my childhood when picnics and church potluck dinners had every imaginable dessert – including this dish – from which to choose. Dave and I had only one prenuptial agreement, and that was about graham crackers. You see, I grew up on Honey Maid graham crackers, and it’s the only brand I eat – if I can help it. A few months before we were married, we were in a … Read more

Italian Grilled Chicken

  This Italian grilled chicken is one of our favorite grilled dishes.  We’ve served it to a lot of folks on our deck during the summer – up to thirty folks at a time. Marinate the chicken all day, allowing it to thaw.  I use a Tupperware container that has a deep lid and a deep bottom.   I just flip the container, which makes to let the dressing seep through.  Turn it every couple … Read more

Easy 1,2,3 Chicken Rice Casserole

  This easy chicken rice dish is so versatile.  While it calls for three kinds of soup, you can mix and match whatever you like.  If your family is into mushrooms, add a golden mushroom soup for one of your canned soups.  If you prefer to steer away from cream of celery, just use a different can instead. I’ve used chicken leg quarters, chicken thighs, and chicken breasts for this dish.  You can use boneless … Read more

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