Monthly Archives: June 2011

Spice Layer Cake

Spice cake is one of the most popular of the old country recipes for desserts. Spice cake can also have apple ingredients as well as other things added to it to make it much more flavorful and interesting. This is another of our Pennsylvania Dutch recipes from an old out of print cookbook. Spicy layer cake is an amazing way to end a country meal.

* 2 cups light brown sugar
* ½ cup shortening
* 2 eggs
* ¾ cup milk
* 3 tsp. baking powder
* 1 cup chopped raisins
* 2¼ cups… Continue reading

Apple Crumb Pie

Apple crumb pie recipes are as many as there are people who love them. Apple crumb pie is quite close to french apple pie recipes, with the added twist of just a bit more crumb topping on the top. Those who love apple crisp or apple crumble will be quite thrilled with this recipe for apple crumb pie.

Taken from an out-of-copyright Pennsylvania Dutch recipes book, the recipes for sweets tend toward a little extra sweetness so if you like a more tart apple pie recipe or apple crumble, cut down the sugar just a… Continue reading

Ginger Cookies Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread menChristmas would simply not be Christmas without the delicious taste and the amazing look of Gingerbread men. Christmas cookies are typically eaten and used for decorations, and gingerbread cookies can be decorated to be festive holiday additions as well as wonderful taste treats. Cookie recipes are also versatile enough that you can use them, not just at holiday time, but any time of the year.

What list of country recipes would be complete without the inclusion of gingerbread cookies?

Ginger has some health benefits too, so if you’d like to enjoy a treat that is also a healthy dessert,… Continue reading

Lemon Custard Pie

Nothing ends a meal better than a great pie. Pie recipes for old fashioned country favorites are found everywhere but this one, taken from an old Pennsylvania Dutch cookbook that is long out of print and out of copyright, is one that I’ve found to be simply delicious.

Lemon custard pie is a slightly tart, but still sweet ending to a meal that isn’t filling and is actually one of the more healthy desserts. It’s easy to make and can be topped with whipped topping or with meringue.

What you Need:

* 2 tablespoons flour
* ½ cup sugar
*… Continue reading

Old Fashioned Baked Beans

Baked BeansFor a barbecue or an outdoor picnic, it just isn’t complete without home baked beans. Sure, there are faster ways to accomplish this country recipes favorite, but they simply aren’t as good. Baked beans are an integral part of any outdoor get together. Spice them up a bit if you like by including a half cup of a good mesquite barbecue sauce, or make them as they are listed here. A bit sweet, as well as tangy, add pepper and salt to taste and they are an outstanding side dish that you just can’t have a picnic without.

This country… Continue reading

Scalloped Potatoes and Cheese

Scalloped potatoes can be a hearty stand alone dinner, a wonderful side dish, or a delicious country recipe all on its own, One dish and no much cleanup means that you’ve got an easy fix meal. Add hamburger, ham, bacon or another meat of your choice and you’ve got a full meal that is one dish ready.

The traditional accompaniment to scalloped potatoes is ham. Cube it up smaller and it will go a long way toward stretching your meal. Getting it right, adding a vegetable such as broccoli or a tossed salad and bread, and you’ve got a low… Continue reading

Country Gingerbread Recipe

gingerbread recipeNothing tastes better at the end of a meal than gingerbread. Spicy, warm and delicious, Gingerbread offers a hearty dessert to the end of a meal, or makes a wonderful snack at the end of the day. Quite healthy and using fresh, wholesome ingredients, this country recipe for gingerbread is made from scratch and has an amazing taste.
You can top it with whipped cream or ice cream. For something unique and truly delicious, top your gingerbread with lemon sauce or lemon pudding and then add a dollop of whipped topping.

You will need:

* 1 cup light brown sugar… Continue reading

Pennsylvania Coleslaw

The Pennsylvania Dutch have amazing old country recipes. Pennsylvania Coleslaw is one of those recipes. They are well known for making do with what they have on hand, and for cooking incredible meals. It’s a wonderful way of life, and the Pennsylvania Dutch method of cookery offers outstanding value and delicious old country meals and recipes. Taken from an old Pennsylvania Dutch cookbook, this is another spin on the coleslaw recipe.

  • 1 head young cabbage
  • ½ cup cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup vinegar

Beat cream, sugar, vinegar and salt together thoroughly until the dressing is like… Continue reading

Fifty Essentials for a Healthy Diet

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a healthy diet as one that Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products; includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; and is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars. But just what minerals and nutrients are vital to our health and well-being? Consider these nutrient-dense foods when you’re looking to improve your vitamin and mineral intake.

Vitamin A is needed for good eyesight and optimal functioning of the immune system. Cod liver oil, dairy products, sweet potatoes and dark… Continue reading

Beans and Cornbread

beans and cornbreadAre you looking for a filling meal you can create on a strict budget that is also healthy? Beans and cornbread is a great country recipes option. Beans are a great source of protein and are filling at the same time. Like all country recipes, you can add to or take away from this recipe to develop your own special creation.

Here are the basics:

1 Lb. of Pinto Beans

1 Lb. of Great Northern beans

1 small onion

1 clove of garlic

1 pound of Bacon (may substitute ham, salt pork or even ham hocks if you like)

Crock-pot!… Continue reading