Dec 08 2011

Old Family Recipes

We all have those special family recipes that we have kept secret for so long.  It's time to let the recipe out of the bag and share yours.


Aunt Margaret’s

Banana Sour Cream Bread

From the Chandler Family


·      3 cups white sugar

·      ¾ cup butter

·      3 eggs

·      6 very ripe bananas

·      1 container sour cream (16 ounces)

·      2 teaspoons vanilla extract

·      2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

·      ½ teaspoon salt

·      3 teaspoons baking soda

·      4 /12 cup all-purpose flour

·      1 cup finely chopped walnuts


1.     Preheat oven to 300 degrees…Grease four 7x3 inch loaf pans.  In a small bowl, stir together ¼ cup white sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon with a pinch of powdered nutmeg.  Dust pans lightly with cinnamon and sugar mixture.

2.     In a large bowl, add cream, butter and 3 cups sugar.  Mix eggs, mashed bananas, sour cream, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon.  Mix in salt, baking soda and flour.  Stir in nuts.

3. Fill pans…and bake for an hour or so…check periodically with a toothpick until it comes out clean.

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12/8/2011 5:28:46 PM
Beverly United States
I take this to Church - every month - tried other items, but they always ask why didn't I bring this Salad.

They have named it different things ~

Decadence or Ambrosia

You Need:
2 small boxes Sugar Free Instant Vanilla Pudding (kept dry)
1 16 oz container Fat Free Sour Cream (the other is fine if you wish)
1 Large container Frozen Cool Whipped (thawed)
1 sm can pineapple juice (if using fresh pineapple)
or you can use
2 16 oz cans Chunk Pineapple (Natural - no extra sweetening)

Then prepare fruit first:
5 Apples - diced (skins left on)
1 pineapple - diced (skin removed...LOL)
add any 2 of the following fruit that is in season
I have used any of the following fruit
2 pounds Strawberries (quartered - tops removed)
3 to 4 mangos (mango cutter works great here - remove skin and seed - dice)
1 lb grapes (seedless - your choice)
4 Peaches (I peeled these - and diced)
4 Nectarinees (skins left on - and diced)
1 cup walnuts (optional)

Put your Pineapple and any juice you captured while dicing it - you need some juice - I keep small cans of Dole unsweetened juice in my pantry for all kinds of things - so I will pour one in my bowl with the pineapple.
Or your two cans of chunk pineapple - I cut them in half - just to make the bites smaller.
Now take your Sugar Free Instant Pudding and mix it into the Pineapple and juice - it should become really thick consistency.
Now add your container of Sour cream - mix well.
Now fold in your container of Whipped topping.

Fold to mix everything  -  nice and smooth.

Now I have all my fruit the apples, and the two or so other choices I have cut up and prepared.
I put in my fruit and fold it all together - it is nice and thick and you can eat it right now.

Beware:  It makes a very large bowl of Fruit Salad, but the only sugar in it is the small amount that is in the whipped topping - and the natural fruit sugars.

Great way to get someone to eat their fruit - a lot of people have asked me if this is the Eagle brand milk fruit salad - but then they decide it can't be because it isn't as sweet, but it is as rich.

Delicious - everyone Loves it!

Enjoy - I have never shared this recipe with anyone.

12/8/2011 5:34:52 PM
Beverly United States
Sorry wrote that up from memory - make sure you buy your fruit and have on hand - use as much or as little of the fruit you desire.

You can't use cantelope, watermelon or Pears - or any fruit like that as they aren't dense enough.

12/8/2011 5:46:21 PM
candie magill United States
candie magill
This is something my mom made for special occasions.  It was eaten imediately as one of those dishes that people eat so nobody else eats it all up before they get to it.  We loved them.
All it is, is an old fashioned cream pie with 3 tblsp of vinegar in it.  I know it sounds weird but if it gives it an awesome flavor that is absolutley delicious.  I HOPE YOU TRY IT AND LET ME KNOW.

1 (9 inch) pie shell
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
3 tbsp vinegar
1/2 cup half-and-half cream
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2.Place sugar, egg, half and half,vinegar flour, whipping cream, and butter or margarine in blender. Beat until thoroughly combined. Pour into pie shell and sprinkle with cinnamon.
3.Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 70 minutes, until set in center.
12/8/2011 5:49:10 PM
Steve United States
Simple jello salad my grandmother always made at family get-tgethers.  My favorite.  Years ago our son nicknamed it Slime Salad.  The name doesn't do it justice, but it stuck, at least in our household.

One small box lime jello
8 oz whipping cream (no need to whip first)
one small can crushed pineapple, juice too
16 oz cottage cheese

dissolve the jello in 8 ounces boiling water;
add remaining ingredients, mixing well;

12/8/2011 6:05:18 PM
Valerie United States
I was planning on making banana bread to give to friends for these holidays.  This sounds yummy with sour cream.  I'm going to try adding chocolate chips.  I'll let you know how it turns out.  

We haven't had any traditional holiday recipes until the last few years of having Christmas morning brunch with quiche.
12/8/2011 7:20:11 PM
Jennifer James United States
Jennifer James
Pumpkin Soup, Southwest Style!

3 cups chicken broth
1 cup whipping cream
1 15-oz can of pumpkin
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground coriander
dash of nutmeg
dash of oregano

Optional garnishes:
sliced avacado
grated cheddar cheese
chopped cilantro

Bring chicken stock and cream to a boil in heavy pot. Whisk in pumpkin, brown sugar, spices. Reduce heat, simmer about 15 minutes. Enjoy!
12/8/2011 7:40:04 PM
Jenni Tremaine United States
Jenni Tremaine
I am going to try the sour cream banana bread. It sounds yummy!!!
12/9/2011 7:19:24 AM
Cheryl Hazelton/Hodges United States
Cheryl Hazelton/Hodges
This recipe has been handed down for 3 generations and is always the MOST requested thing at Christmas time.

Aunt Mabel's Cranberry Squares
1 1/2 sticks Imperian margarine
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
4 eggs, beaten
1 t. almond extract
Mix together and pour into jelly roll  and top with 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries and 1 cup chopped pecans.

Cook 20-25 min in 350 oven. Don't overcook or brown.  They need to be moist when you cut into them. MMMMMmmmmmm!

When you get out of oven drizzle glaze over top
Glaze: 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 t. almond extract, and enough hot water to make it drizzableable. (Is that a word???)  ENJOY!!!
12/9/2011 3:04:53 PM
Rachel United States
This can get a little messy but it's alot of fun to make and it brings back alot of good christmas memories.

            SUGAR PLUMS


Mix first four ingredients together leaving 1 package of gelatin for later. Form mixture into 1 inch balls and roll in the leftover package of gelatin. Press whole cloves in top of each ball and store in fridge until ready for use.
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