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Mother’s Magnificent Recipes

Mother’s Magnificent Recipes

My mom was an excellent cook! She grew up in the country, where they made everything from scratch. From milk gravy with sour dough biscuits, homemade pie or cobbler, wonderful cakes, and the list goes on and on.

I’m going to share a few of her great recipes here. Unfortunately she didn’t write a lot of things down, because she cooked from memory (isn’t that what great cooks do)? But she did record some of her delectable, delightful dishes!

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Mom passed away in April, 2003, and I miss her dearly, but a part of her can live on in these delicious recipes!

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Sour Dough Biscuits

These are scrumptious!


1 pkg. yeast
1 cup warm water
2 cups buttermilk
3/4 cup oil
1/4 cup sugar
6-6 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. soda
4 tsp. baking powder


1) Mix yeast in warm water.
2) Add remaining ingredients.
3) Knead well.
4) Place in greased bowl.
5) Refrigerate until needed (take out enough to make biscuits as needed up to one week).
6) Bake in 450F for 15-20 minutes.

Bread & Butter Pickles


4 quarts sliced cucumbers-medium
6 medium white onions-sliced
2 green peppers-chopped
3 cloves garlic
1/3 cup salt
5 cups sugar
3 cups white vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. Turmeric
1 1/2 tsp. Celery Seed
2 Tbs. Mustard Seed


1) Wash cucumbers, slice thin, DO NOT PEEL.
2) Place in large bowl.
3) Add onions, green peppers, whole garlic and salt.
4) Cover with ice and place in refrigerator for about 3 hours.
5) Drain well.
6) Combine remainder of ingredients.
7) Heat to boil.
8) Pour into hot jars for canning.

Makes 8 pints

Poor Man’s Cobbler

use any canned fruit desired


1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 stick margarine
1 16oz. can of fruit (your choice)


Melt margarine in pan. Add all ingredients except fruit. Place fruit on top. Bake at 350F for 35-40 minutes or until brown.

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Chocolate Fudge

In medium to large sauce pan, mix 2 1/2 cups sugar, 1/4 cup margarine, 16 marshmallows, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1 cup evaporated milk.

Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a rolling boil. Cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add 1 tsp. vanilla, a 6oz. pkg. chocolate chips, 1 cup walnuts (or nuts of choice).

Pour in 8-9 inch buttered pan.

16 marshmallows = 1 cup marshmallow cream

Apple Crisp


6 cups apples
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp.salt
1 egg
1/3 cup margarine (melted and cooled)


1) Grease a 9×9″ cake pan.
2) Combine the first 3 ingredients in the pan.
3) Mix the next 5 ingredients together and sprinkle over the apple mixture.
4) Pour margarine over the top.
5) Sprinkle a little extra sugar and cinnamon on top.
6) Bake at 350F for about 40 minutes or until apples are done.

Raspberry Pie


5 cups raspberries
3/4 – 1 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
2 tsp. fresh crushed lemon or cinnamon (optional)


1) Combine sugar & flour.
2) Stir in berries and spices.
3) Pour into pie shell.
4) Place another pie shell on top.
If desired, brush top of shell with milk and sugar before baking.
5) Bake at 375F for 50 minutes.



1 1/2 lb. hamburger
1 pk dried noodle soup (crush noodles before putting in hamburger)
1 egg
salt and pepper to taste
other seasonings as desired
milk (as needed)


Combine all ingredients and roll into meatballs.
Bake at 350F for about 20 minutes or until brown.
Serve over Garlic Alfredo Pasta Roni (or pasta/rice of your choice).

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Cabbage Casserole


1 lb. hamburger
1/2 cup celery-diced
1 green pepper
1 small onion
1/2 cup Minute Rice or 1/4 cup regular rice
1 can tomato soup
1 can water
1/2-1 lb. cabbage (chopped)
1 qt. canned tomatoes.
salt & pepper


1) Brown hamburger.
2) Add celery, green pepper, onion, rice, soup and water, canned tomatoes.
3) Mix in cabbage.
4) Bake at 350F for 1 1/2 – 2 hours.

7-Up Cake


1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter
3 cups sugar
5 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
7 oz. 7-Up soda


1) Cream shortening, butter and sugar.
2) Add eggs and vanilla.
3) Add flour and mix well.
4) Add 7-Up and mix well.
5) Bake at 350F for 1 1/2 hours.

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Salad Dressing Cake


3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
6 Tbs. cocoa
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup salad dressing
1 1/2 cups cold water


1) Sift dry ingredients.
2) Add salad dressing, water and vanilla.
3) Bake at 350F for 45-50 minutes.

Blackberry Cake

My Dad’s Favorite

Mom made this for my dad’s birthday every year! It’s a rich, moist cake and very delicious!


2/3 cup shortening
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
3 cups flour
1 tsp. Allspice
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
3 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. buttermilk
2 cups blackberries (canned is OK or use fresh or frozen)


1) Cream first 3 ingredients.
2) Add dry ingredients.
3) Add blackberries
4) Bake at 350F for 35-40 minutes.

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How to Make Buttermilk

Buttermilk can be made from whole milk and cream of tartar or lemon juice. All of these can be found at your local convenience store or supermarket.

Add one tablespoon of cream of tartar for every cup of whole milk. (If using lemon juice you’ll need about the same.)

Stir and allow to stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes.

Repeat stirring after 15 minutes when the milk has started to curdle significantly.

Refrigerate the buttermilk. It should keep for several weeks, at least to the date originally on the whole milk container.

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  1. Wow! some great recipes from your mother. a truly wonderful memory.

  2. You were blessed with a mom like mine. Thanks for sharing this article from the heart. Really appreciated the buttermilk recipe in particular. I love learning how to make do, and yet create great food.

  3. I’m thinking about that cobbler or maybe the apple crisp. Yum.

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