Comfort Food:  Tuna Casserole

Comfort Food: Tuna Casserole

Grandma lived in the country and she had an outhouse instead of an indoor bathroom.  When we visited it was nerve-wracking, walking through the grass with a flashlight in the dark. [break][/break] We spent hours playing on the back porch, cooking mudpies in the wonderful assortment of old tin dishes and gadgets from a box…

Heirloom Pudding Cake

Heirloom Pudding Cake

The night before the wedding, the groom’s family gathered at the bride’s tiny house-in-the-backyard-of-another-house to give wedding gifts. There was a set of pillow cases hand-embroidered by the future mother-in-law, and a very special recipe book in a blue, miniature three-ring index card notebook. The recipes contained therein were favorites of the bride’s new husband’s family,…

Microwave Caramel Corn: Yummy Treat in a Brown Paper Bag

Microwave Caramel Corn: Yummy Treat in a Brown Paper Bag

As an occasional sweet treat, we like to make microwave caramel corn. Our old recipe was a complicated process of baking it in the oven, setting the timer to stir the concoction and risking a scorched popcorn disaster. This recipe meets my criteria for a family snack:          few ingredients          normal ingredients          quick to make…

Pizza Tot Casserole

Pizza Tot Casserole

Food is woven into childhood memories, is it not? I still remember butterscotch pudding eaten in ice cream cones, and chocolate snowball cookies at Christmas from my own childhood.  The first time I made Pizza Tot Casserole I had no idea that it would end up becoming a family favorite that is fondly remembered by…