Apr 21, 2008

Now We're Talking, Girls!

This week's topic for Gracious Hospitality's weekly Blog-A-Thon is "The Sweet and Savory of Yummy". Now we're talking, girls...this is my week! Several years ago I wrote and published a cookbook compiled from my family's recipes. I'd like to share some of the recipes from the book for this week's Hospital-A-Tea challenge. First I'll tell you the story of how the book happened.

Both my parents were born, raised, and have spent most of their lives living in the mountains of East Tennessee. If you've ever visited the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and driven the Loop in Cade's Cove, you've seen my family history. My mother's great great great grandfather, John Oliver, was the first non-Native American to settle in Cade's Cove. All Southerners like to cook - and eat, but nobody can win that prize over my parents! Mother is a world class cook and baker. Her greatest joy is to bake and feed her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. The family has grown large over the years and we have all spread out all over the country. Several years ago we opted not to exchange Christmas gifts individually anymore. We decided on one gift per family or couple. Well, none of you know me very well yet, but I am the kind of woman who will take off on an idea and practically become obsessed with it until it is perfected - not always a good personality trait, but we won't go there! Back to the story...every December 26 we all converge on Mom and Dad at their Smoky Mountain home to enjoy another Christmas together as a family. In 2004 I decided my family gift for the next Christmas would be to type all of Mom's recipes and bind it for everyone. Well, then the idea grew more in my head, as unfortunately it always does, and I decided to ask all family members to send some recipes to be included so the book would be a family heritage. I thought I would have to beg for the recipes and a few family members might send a couple. Well, thankfully, I started working on the book in February that year and finished in November. I received hundreds of recipes from my fam. Mom's recipes were the priority and hers were all written on old envelopes, paper bags, torn pieces of note paper, etc. It was an enormous job but I wanted her wonderful recipes and the memories they bring to each of us to be preserved. Mom is 77 and Dad is 81 and they are still vital, happy, productive people, though they are slowing down. My dad still works. He just called me this morning to tell me he has turned in his notice and is going to be a full time retiree! I think it's about time...but, back to the book. I completed the book on my computer, printed out 17 books consisting of almost 400 pages each on 8 1/2 X 11 card stock, hole punched every stinking page, placed them in huge binders, and made a cover for each one. I despised the book by the time I was finished. I was ready to DARE anyone to criticize one single tidbit in it, as siblings can sometimes do (no one did anything but offer praise and gratitude)! The original book took 10 months, usually devoting 10-18 hours a day. I would say I averaged about 16 hours a day. So, my family Christmas gift was a flaming success in 2004. We all loved the book and used it daily, but it was a hu-normous undertaking, to use my 4 year old granddaughters expression.

Mother and Dad, Easter 2008

So here's how the book got published. On a later visit with my parents, Mom and I went to lunch in their town at a restaurant which a distant cousin owns. Olivia also writes a weekly newspaper column about food, dining out, and recipes. Olivia has published several recipe books from her personal files and from her newspaper readers. Mother started right in telling Olivia about the book I had done for the family. So Olivia asked me if she could interview me for an upcoming column. I did the interview which showed the book and a couple of things she asked to to bake from it. It was fun but I thought that was it. Not so fast...Olivia called to ask if I would like for her publisher to publish my book. I was thrilled and then it all happened...after a lot more work to re-write the format, etc. of the recipes. The book was published in 2005 and my home town newspaper did an interview also. Sometimes I want to write another book, and maybe I will, about entertaining or diet recipes. I don't know..I'm still recovering from 2004.

"A Treasured Collection of Family Recipes: A Labor of Love" by ME!

Here are some recipes from my book which I might serve at a lunch or a tea. I am working on a second site for all the recipes from my book. I'll post it when I get that completed. I hope you will all enjoy using my family's heritage recipes, starting with these samples.

Mini Party Quiches
1 stick butter
3 ounces cream cheese
1 cup flour
Mix all together well and press into bottom and sides of mini muffin tins.
Custard Filling:
4 eggs
1 tablespoon flour
1 ½ cup cups half & half
¼ teaspoon salt
pepper to taste
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons melted butter
2 tablespoons diced onions
½ pound bacon, fried crisp & broken (if desired)
1-2 cups Swiss cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Break eggs in bowl with wire whisk. Stir in next 6 ingredients. Layer each prepared, unbaked, pastry shell with bacon first, then cheese, then onion. Spoon custard filling over these ingredients in each shell until 2/3 full. Bake at 375 degree oven until slightly puffed and custard is set, about 35 minutes.
Note: When having a party, the basic custard recipe can be used to make a variety of mini quiche appetizers using your choice of vegetables and meats; vegetarians could even try Crumbles.

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 pound precooked lump crab meat
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup dry bread crumbs
¼ cup finely chopped celery
¼ cup finely chopped green onion
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons melted butter
about 40 large mushrooms, cleaned, stems removed and caps hollowed out
Preheat oven to 420 degrees. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, except mushrooms. Brush mushroom caps with more melted butter and arrange on baking pan. Spoon mixture into caps. Bake stuffed caps at 420 degrees for about 12-15 minutes or until hot. Add more salt, pepper, or lemon juice as desired. Serve hot.

Cheese Pennies
5 ounce jar sharp American or cheddar cheese spread
¼ cup shortening
2/3 cup flour
Mix all ingredients together with a mixer for about 30 seconds. On a lightly floured surface shape the dough into two logs 1 inch in diameter. Chill for at least two hours. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice the rolls into ¼ inch slices and bake on ungreased cookie sheets for about 10 minutes or until light brown. Cool and serve with sandwiches. Or with vegetables and dips.

Artichoke and Cherry Tomato Tarts
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
¼ cup sour cream
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, cut into 4 inch squares
1 cup drained canned artichoke hearts
10 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 teaspoon thyme leaves, fresh if possible
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly flour baking sheet. Whisk egg yolk and sour cream together, add salt and pepper. Arrange pastry squares on floured baking sheet and spoon 1/4 of mixture on center of each. Top with artichokes and tomatoes. Spoon remaining sour cream mixture over vegetables; sprinkle with thyme. Bake in middle of oven until golden brown, about 12 minutes.

Baked French Toast Cups or Casserole
1 loaf bread, cut into cubes (I use Pepperidge Farm cinnamon bread)
2 cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
½ teaspoon cinnamon if not using cinnamon bread
2 cups half and half
½ teaspoon nutmeg
8 eggs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine last 6 ingredient above with a wire whisk. Pour over bread cubes in large bowl. Spray 9 x13 inch pan or muffin tins with vegetable spray. Fill cups or pan with bread cube/custard mixture. Chill, covered, over night. Sprinkle topping over each cup or casserole. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 50 minutes for casserole or for about 25 minutes for muffin tins.
¾ cup softened butter
3 tablespoons corn syrup
1 1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
Stir together all ingredients. Dot all over casserole top or muffin cups before baking.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 ½ cups self rising flour
¼ cup sugar
2-3 tablespoons poppy seeds
¼ sup milk plus 2 tablespoons
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 large egg
1/3 cup oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease muffin tins. Combine ¼ cup sugar and 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest and set aside for topping. In a bowl combine everything but the flour and stir to combine well. Stir in the flour and combine just until flour is incorporated. Spoon batter into muffin cups 2/3 full. Sprinkle tops with lemon-sugar mixture. Bake muffins at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes.

Pumpkin Bread
4 eggs
3 cups sugar
1 cup oil
16 ounces canned pumpkin
3 ¼ cup flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix in order given and bake in 2 large loaf pans (greased and floured) for 1 ½ hours at 325 degrees, or until knife comes out clean.

Zucchini Bread
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat 3 eggs until frothy, add 2 cups sugar, 1 cup oil, and 1 tablespoon vanilla until smooth. Add 2 cups packed, coarsely grated zucchini, 2 cups flour, 1 heaping tablespoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, and 2 teaspoons baking powder. Mix well. Fold in 2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans. Pour into 2 well greased and floured loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean and loaf feels firm to touch. Cool 5 minutes in pan, then turn out to cool completely on a wire rack. Wrap tightly in foil when cool and keep in refrigerator. Freezes well. Makes 2 loaves of delicious, sweet zucchini bread!

Blueberry Muffins
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 rounded teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg
½ cup oil
1 cup milk
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients together, then stir in wet ingredients by hand, except for berries. The batter does not have to look extremely smooth. Gently fold the berries in. Spoon batter in greased muffin pan or muffin pan with paper liners. Sprinkle tops with sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes Makes 1 dozen.

Frozen Fruitcake Salad
1 cup sour cream
½ small tub Cool Whip
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
13 ounce can crushed pineapple in its own juice, drained
2 medium bananas, diced
½ cup each red and green candied cherries
½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Combine first 5 ingredients together. Fold in fruits and nuts. Turn into 4 ½ cup ring mold and freeze for several hours. Remove from the mold and let stand for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Note: It will be easier to remove from the mold if you carefully and quickly dip the frozen mold into hot water for about 5-10 seconds.

Strawberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
½ pint fresh strawberries
2 cups sweetened, frozen strawberries, thawed and drained
½ cup Balsamic vinegar or white vinegar
4 cups olive oil
1 teaspoon dried or 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
1 tablespoon dried marjoram
dash of salt
dash of pepper
Blend all ingredients in blender or food processor until oil is incorporated but bits of strawberry remain. Yields 7 cups.

Springtime Asparagus
2 cans asparagus spears, drained
1 can cream of mushroom soup
4-6 slices American Cheese
4 slices crumbled toast
½ stick melted butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place asparagus spears in a 8 inch buttered baking dish. Spoon soup over the top. Top with American cheese slices. Toast at least 4 slices of bread; tear them into pieces and top the asparagus and soup. Melt ½ stick of butter and pour over the toast. Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes.

Chicken Crepes
1 cup flour
1 ½ cups milk
3 eggs
1 tablespoon melted butter
½ teaspoon salt
Blend ingredients in blender. Make crepes on electric crepe maker or in a buttered skillet by pouring a ladle of batter into the skillet and rolling the batter around the pan to make a thin pancake. Turn once when set.
4 tablespoons chopped onion
4 tablespoons chopped green pepper
1 cup mushroom pieces
1/2 cup butter
4 tablespoons flour
1 ½ cups chicken broth
¼ teaspoon marjoram
¼ teaspoon oregano
4 cups cooked chicken breasts, cubed into bite size pieces
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Saute vegetables in the butter until tender. Add flour and cook 1 minute; add chicken broth; blend and cook until bubbling. Add marjoram, oregano, and cooked chicken breast pieces.
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 package chicken gravy mix
1/3 cup mayo
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Combine with whisk and pour over filled crepes in baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

Sugar Cookies
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
2 sticks butter
1 cup vegetable oil
Combine all above together with mixer.
2 eggs
4 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
additional sugar to press into cookie tops
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in order and mix well. Roll dough into smalls. Roll each ball in additional granulated sugar and place on greased cookie sheet. Dip the bottom of a glass or jar into granulated sugar and press on to each ball. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Chocolate Fondue
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
7-10 ounces marshmallow cream
12 ounces chocolate chips
Place all the ingredients in an electric fondue pot. Heat until melted, stirring to incorporate. When the fondue is warm and thoroughly mixed serve with an assortment of dippers. Examples: cubed pound or angel food cake, butter or sugar cookies, sliced pears, apples, bananas, kiwi, pineapple, strawberries, or just about anything you would like to try.
This makes a wonderful dessert for a small group around a table.

Pineapple Delight Summer Cake
1 yellow cake mix
1 cup oil
4 eggs
1 can mandarin orange slices, drained
15 ounce can crushed pineapple with juice
1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix
9 ounce tub Cool Whip
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix the first four ingredients together well with a mixer and bake in three greased and floured 8 inch cake pans at 325 degrees for 25 minutes. With a spoon, stir together the crushed pineapple including the juice, the instant vanilla pudding and the Cool Whip. Chill for about 30 minutes before spreading between layers, and on top and sides of cake. Chill cake and serve. Store left over cake in the refrigerator.

Snow Mounds
1 cup butter
½ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2¼ cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients well and form into 1 inch balls. Bake at 350 degrees for 14-16 minutes or firm and lightly browned. Roll each cookie in powdered sugar while warm; roll again when completely cooled.

Coconut Buttermilk Custard Pie
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
¾ stick melted butter
½ cup buttermilk (be generous with your ½ cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/3 cups Angel Flake Coconut
9 inch unbaked pie shell
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix eggs with a whisk, add all remaining ingredients except coconut and mix again. Stir in coconut. Pour into prepared, unbaked pie crust. Bake at 325 for
45 - 50 minutes. Cool before serving. This pie is best served the day it is baked.

1 ¼ cups graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup melted butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together and press into bottom of 9 inch spring form pan.
Cheesecake Filling:
3, 8 ounce packages cream cheese
¾ cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sour cream
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
Beat the cream cheese, ¾ cup sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla together until smooth with mixer. Pour into 9 inch spring form pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 - 40 minutes, or until knife inserted in middle comes out fairly clean. Ten minutes before time is up for baking, stir together 1 cup sour cream, ½ cup sugar, and ½ teaspoon vanilla. Spread over top of cheesecake. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Chill; top with strawberries and prepared strawberry pie glaze.

Chocolate Almond Biscotti
2 cups chocolate chips, divided
2 cups flour
¼ cup dry baking cocoa
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs
1 cup slivered toasted almonds
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In the microwave melt 1 cup chocolate chips. In a bowl combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and soda, both sugars, butter and vanilla. Mix until crumbly. Add eggs one at a time, beating well. Beat in melted chocolate. Gradually add flour until incorporated. Stir in almonds. Chill for about 15 minutes. Shape dough into 2 loaves with floured hands. Bake at 325 degrees for 40-45 minutes on greased baking sheets. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes. Cut loaves into ¾ inch slices. Lay each slice on its side on the baking sheets. Bake the slices for 10 minutes longer on each side. Cool. Dip biscotti in melted chocolate and more slivered almonds if desired.

Blueberry Crumb Cake
2/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
¼ teaspoon baking soda
2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
1 ½ cups fresh or thawed, drained frozen berries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine milk and lemon juice; set aside for 5 minutes. In a large bowl, beat remaining butter and sugar; add baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Beat in eggs one at a time; add vanilla. Add flour alternately with milk mixture; beat until smooth. Gently fold in 1cup of the blueberries. Spread ½ of the batter in a greased and floured 10 inch tube pan; sprinkle with ½ the crumb mixture. Spread remaining batter over crumbs; sprinkle with remaining crumbs and remaining ½ cup blueberries. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing from pan to finish cooling.

Cheesecake Cupcakes
2, 8 ounce packages cream cheese
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 box vanilla wafers
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix first 4 ingredients together with mixer. Place 1 wafer in bottom of cupcake liners in muffin tins. Fill 2/3 full with cheesecake batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool and spoon on any fruit topping.
These look beautiful on a dessert tray for a party or shower in regular or miniature muffin size.

Peanut Butter Bars
½ cup butter
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 egg
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1 cup oats
6 ounces chocolate chips
¼ cup peanut butter
½ cup powdered sugar
2-4 tablespoons evaporated milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix ingredients together and bake in greased 9x13 inch pan at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with 6 ounces chocolate chips. In a bowl, mix peanut butter, powdered sugar, and evaporated milk. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle bars with peanut butter sauce. Allow to cool before cutting into bars.

Butterscotch Thins
6 ounces butterscotch morsels
1 cup butter
1 ½ cups light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
2 2/3 cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
2/3 cup finely chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt butterscotch morsels and butter over hot water or in microwave at medium. Remove from heat and beat in sugar, eggs, baking soda, salt, flour, and vanilla. Mix well. Shape dough in 2 logs. Wrap with waxed paper and chill several hours. Thinly slice the dough and bake on ungreased cookie sheets at 375 degrees for about 6-8 minutes, or until brown.

Heavenly Coconut Pound Cake
1 cup Crisco
5 eggs
2 cups sugar
Mix all of the above together well using a mixer.
2 cups flour
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup coconut
1 ½ teaspoon coconut flavoring
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all of the above additions into the batter. Bake in tube pan at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Five minutes before baking time is up, bring 1 cup sugar and ½ cup water to a boil for 1 minute. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla. Spoon all the glaze over the cake (still in the pan) as soon as it comes out of the oven. Cool cake completely before removing from pan.
This is to die for - just try to forget about the Crisco!

Bible School Sour Cream Coffee Cake
1 tablespoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
2 sticks butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients well with mixer. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan or tube pan. In a small bowl, stir together cinnamon, brown sugar, and pecans. Beat the remaining ingredients together with a mixer. Pour half the batter in the pan, sprinkle on half of the cinnamon sugar mixture, layer remaining batter on top and end with the last of the topping mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes.
When I was a teenage bride I got this recipe while teaching Vacation Bible School. It has become a family favorite.

Lemon Apricot Nectar Cake
1 lemon cake mix
1 cup Apricot Nectar
½ cup oil
4 eggs
2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix first four ingredients together and bake in greased and floured tube pan at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Cool and remove from pan to serving plate when just warm. With a whisk, mix powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest together until smooth. Drizzle over cake.
Note: I have used pureed baby food in a pinch when I didn’t have apricot nectar on hand.

Strawberry Coconut Crepes
3 eggs
3 tablespoons sugar
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon melted butter
Blend all of the above until smooth in blender. Make thin crepes in crepe pan or on an electric crepe maker. Make a pile of them with parchment paper between each crepe so they will separate. Makes about 20-24 crepes.
1 ½ cups no fat milk
1 small box instant, sugar free French vanilla pudding mix
1 cup coconut
8 ounce tub Cool Whip
Mix milk and pudding mix until smooth, stir in 1 cup coconut and 1 small container fat free or low fat Cool Whip.
To Assemble:
Lay 1 crepe flat out on a plate and place about 1/4 cup filling in center. Roll crepe up. You can do this on each dessert plate when you are ready to serve or you can prepare all of them ahead of time on a platter or tray, then chill. I usually serve two or three to each guest.
Mix sliced strawberries with strawberry pie glaze or strawberry jam. Spoon about 1 tablespoon over each filled crepe. Sprinkle of toasted coconut.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Snack Cake
¾ cup boiling water
1 cup uncooked oats
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup sugar
½ cup butter
2 eggs
1 ¾ cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cocoa
¾ cups chopped walnuts or pecans
12 ounces chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour boiling water over oats in a large bowl; allow to stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Add both sugars and butter. Beat in eggs. Add flour, salt, baking soda and cocoa; mix well. Stir in ½ chocolate chips. Pour into greased and floured 9x13 inch pan. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips and nuts over top. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
A simple snack cake for any time of day, even as a breakfast cake with coffee. A hit every time!

Shortbread Cookies
1 pound butter
4 cups flour
1 cup packed light brown sugar
pinch salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter with mixer; add brown sugar and salt; mix well. Add flour and mix until well incorporated, but do not over mix. Roll dough into a circle or rectangle. Place on cookie sheet. Using fork, make holes in surface of cookie dough. Bake at 350 degrees for about 18 minutes, or until lightly brown. While cookies are very warm cut into wedges or bars. Cool. Store in tight container. These are also very good and pretty on a cookie tray if you dip an edge into melted chocolate.

Great-Grandmother’s Old Fashioned Carrot Cake
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup oil
2 cups flour
3 cups grated carrot
1-2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix everything except nuts and carrots; mix well. Stir in nuts and carrots. Bake in greased and floured layer cake pans at 350 degrees 25-30 minutes in 3 greased and floured layer pans. Frost when cool.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 ounces cream cheese
1 box powdered sugar
1/3 cup softened butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
Beat all ingredients together until smooth. Frost cake and sprinkle the cake top with chopped nuts.

2 2/3 cups coconut
1 cup chopped almond slivers
2/3 cups sugar
¼ cup flour
¼ teaspoon salt
4 egg whites
1 teaspoon almond extract
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine coconut, nuts, flour, sugar, and salt. Stir in egg whites and extract. Drop by teaspoons full onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Cool. These look pretty and taste delicious with the bottoms dipped in melted chocolate.

Oatmeal Cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, pour 1 ¼ cups hot tap water over 1 cup raw oats and let stand. Cream 1 cup white sugar, 1 cup packed brown sugar, and 1 stick softened butter. Beat 2 big eggs into the mixture. Then add 1 1/3 cups of plain flour in, and ½ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and a generous teaspoonful of cinnamon and mix well. Add oatmeal from the small bowl to mixture and beat well. I add 1 cup of finely chopped pecans, but this is optional. Just stir them in by hand if you want to add them. Pour batter into a well greased and floured 9x13 glass baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes or until done. While cake is baking make up your topping.
¾ stick butter
1 tablespoon cream or milk
¾ cup packed brown sugar
1 ½ cup flaked sweetened coconut
1 ½ chopped pecans
Melt butter in a saucepan and add cream or milk; then mix in brown sugar and let it boil for 1 minute. Take off the heat and add coconut and pecans. Spread carefully on top of the baked cake and put under the broiler to brown lightly. I leave the oven door open while broiling - watch it carefully or you will burn the frosting. This cake is delicious served warm but it is almost as good served cool.
Mother says she remembers her own mother making this for her and her brothers and sisters when they were children. Mother also made this often for us when we were children and it is usually in the works when we arrive for a visit now. No one makes it as wonderfully as Mom!

Lace Cookies
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 tablespoon flour
2 cups sugar
½ teaspoon salt
2 sticks butter, melted (no substitute)
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Put oats, salt, sugar, and flour in a large bowl and mix well. Pour very hot butter over the mixture and stir until the sugar has melted. Add eggs and vanilla; stir well. Batter is slightly thin. Preheat oven to 325 degrees; cover cookie sheets with aluminum foil. Drop 1/2 level teaspoon of the mixture onto the foil, 2” apart (this is important). Bake 10-12 minutes - watch carefully - do not over brown. When cookies are completely cooled they will peel off foil easily. Makes about 6 dozen.

Frozen Fruit Salad
3 cup water
1 cup sugar
12 ounces frozen orange juice
2 large cans fruit cocktail with juice
1 can crushed pineapple in its own juice
1 can chunk pineapple in its own juice
1 small jar cherries, cut up and drained
4 to 5 bananas, sliced
Boil water and sugar together and cool slightly. Stir in frozen orange juice. Add fruit. Freeze in clear plastic cups. Thaw about 1/2 hour in refrigerator before serving. Serves 20.


Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Mimi, your parents look wonderful...they look 20 years younger than their age! I love the story behind your cookbook! I'm sure everyone in your family treasures it so! Do you sell copies? I read over the recipes you posted and they sound divine!!! I would love to buy a copy from you, if you have any left! I love cookbooks of southern heritage! My email address is: scooterblu@yahoo.com.

The tea set your husband gave you was so sweet! I think he may be a keeper! LOL! It is a beauty, too!

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend, friend!

~Rhonda :)

Tammy said...

The Pineapple Delight Summer Cake sounds divine. There are many there that sound scrumptious. Thanks for sharing. What a sweet sentiment for your family to share in. I'm sure your mom was delighted.


zetor said...

Your post is so interesting I'm going to copy(with your permission)the recipes, they sound delicious. The name 'John Oliver' jumped out of the text, I'm married to a John Oliver over here in the U.K.His family have been here for as long as we can trace, although I did find that the name 'Oliver'is from the French. Did your John Oliver originate from the U.S. ?
This is all so interesting. Would you mind if I put your blog on my 'Places to visit' list?

La Tea Dah said...

Oh my! Kathy, thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes with us! They all look so tasty and special!!! And I enjoyed the story of your cookbook. I'd love to purchase a copy. Is it available yet? Please, share the details so I can order one! I have been working for some time on a 'cookbook project' and understand how many hours and hours it takes! Great job! And good for you! I think it's important to keep family heritage alive!


Bertie said...

Wow...you really take blogging to a new level, Kathy!!

Fabulous post!! I must try some of your recipes and I hope you don't mind if I copy a couple.

Thanks for the stories and for stopping by my blog to visit. I'll be back for sure!!

Aunt May's Cottage

Rosemary said...

Loved your story! Thanks for sharing so many yummy family recipes. Nancy

ceekay said...

ok, I am laughing....Kat, it is so like you that it is unbelievable. I hope you don't mind if I use 1 of your recipes, cuz God and you know, I ain't got any of my own!

Cori G. said...

Hi Kathy,
What a hu-normus undertaking and labor of love. All the recipes look so delicious! I can't wait to get started.
I look forward to more posts.
God Bless,

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

WOW! Your blog is awesome! Thank you so much for visiting me! I love meeting new bloggers :) Yes, I have lived in Michigan all my life! It sure is getting beautiful here now!
Thank you for the wonderful recipes!I am always looking for new ones :)


ellen b. said...

Kathy! What an amazing labor of love to create this marvelous cookbook! Wow and thank you so much for sharing so many recipes with us. Very generous of you. Your parents look so dear! Enjoy...

Denise said...

What an incredible post! You went over the top! What scrumptious recipes ~ I can hardly wait to try them. Thank you for so generously sharing. Have a wonderful week!

Linda said...

Yes, we have driven the beautiful Cade's Cove Loop several times. What a wonderful family history! Your parents look fabulous. The recipes you shared are delightful and sound delicious. The heart of mountain home is the kitchen! Thank you for sharing! Next time you travel down I-75 toward "home" think of your fellow Hospital-i-tea blogger in Kentucky.

Millie said...

Wow, you have given each one of us a "cookbook" too! And what a story. I love Cade's Cove...one of the places it is worth travelling from here in Manitoba to see!

Marye said...

wow! That is alot of recipes! It certainly looks yum!

Needled Mom said...

What a wonderful story and the recipes sound yummy!

Simply Heart And Home said...


I was wondering the same things as some of the others. Do you sell your book? I love cook books. Too much, I'm afraid! :)

Why just today I posted a Country Cookbook Giveaway. I want to cordially invite you to participate in my Country Cookbook Giveaway.

Please drop by when you have a moment.


A Hint of Home said...

You're sooooo generous to share all those recipes. Thanks so much! I can't wait to try some of them. Have a great week.

Rue said...

Hi Kathy :)

Thank you so much for coming by my blog!

I loved the story and I can't wait to try these recipes!! Yum :)

Have a great night,

KarenHarveyCox said...

Wow, what an incredible collection of recipes. Your mom must have been thrilled when she saw this cookbook. Thank you for stopping by, now I have to write down my favorites from your list. Karen

Muum said...

I'll bet your cookbook is a treasure, I am going to try out one of thecakes when I get a chance! Thanks for your kind comments on my blog!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Wow! Congratulations on your achievement. It sounds as if it was a labor of love and to have it published...double wow!

Congratulations also to your dad who at 81 certainly deserves some retirement time!

Charli and me said...

What a lovely and inspiring story. All of the recipes look yummy. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes and story.

Steph said...

Wow - thank you for so generously sharing these recipes! And congrats on the book!

Kathy at Shocking Pink Thread said...

My memories of visiting the Great Smokey Mountains and Cade's Cove have been made richer by reading your post. What a lovely story! And the generosity you've shown in sharing your family recipes is wonderful. Thank you so much! (another) Kathy

Mary Beth said...

What a wonderful story...

And the recipes sound so delicious... do they come with someone to make them for me??? LOL.

THIS coming from a culinary challenged woman!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Nice to meet you. Maybe I can hone my skills in the kitchen with your help!

Grace Yaskovic said...

I don't think I have enough printer ink, you must sell us copies of the book!!!

Mrs. V. said...

Wow, what a wonderful story about your cookbook. That was some real dedication!

My family loves the Smokey Mountains. We are about 4 hours away and usually go about 4 times a year. It's something we so look forward to.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

These all look wonderful!

I have a stack of recipes my oldest sister sent me (she is in her 70s and old enough to be my mom).

Unfortunately, we didn't think of putting together recipes until after we lost our mom and two of our sisters.

I can't wait to try some of your recipes.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I enjoyed reading your cookbook story and reading the "yummy" sounding recipes. I would like a cookbook too, are they available?


ivoryspring said...

Hi Kathy,

Thanks for your recipes! I think I am going to try making the biscottis.

I have been overwhelmed by the amount of yummy recipes out there!

Thanks for stopping by my blog - you have a pretty blog too!

Scrabblequeen said...

Wonderful story, wonderful recipes, thanks for posting this. I might just have to go look for this book!