Grandma’s Applesauce Cake

From the recipes of Grandma L.

Grandpa loved applesauce cake, and I remember Grandma serving it for all of his birthday dinners. I was trying to remember why this is such a vivid memory, and then it dawned on me — I don’t think I ever ate applesauce cake on Grandpa’s birthday because I hate raisins! At my house, it’ll be served raisinless…or maybe with nuts and chocolate chips?! –Mellyn

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Twirly Italian Chicken Soup

The flour in this soup gives it a creamy texture without the additional calories of cream, and the oregano and basil give it an Italian flavor that my family finds irresistible! The Hobbit (our curly-haired youngest with the appetite of a hobbit!) eats 2 or 3 bowls of this every time I serve it! –Mellyn Continue reading

Parmesan Cheese Rolls or Bowls

Our family loves soup, and one of our favorite ways to eat it is in bread bowls. No rocket science here — I just took our favorite white bread and added Parmesan cheese. (Robin gave me that idea since she makes yummy bread bowls with Parmesan in them!) It makes more than a traditional single-loaf recipe, which is perfect for my family who loves to use them as bowls, rolls, buns or whatever else they can think of. –Mellyn

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Clam Chowder

Another staple from my one great cook! I personally don’t like clams, but my husband LOVES them. I just discreetly remove a bowl of this for myself out of the family pot BEFORE I add the clams. Then no one is any wiser that my dish is different. I don’t have to eat clams, but I don’t need to make my kids think they shouldn’t either. I like to let them decide on their own!  Recipe from Karen. Continue reading

School Chili-burgers – ADD LINK TO BUNS

The PTA at my Elementary school used to make a version of this recipe to sell to kids at lunch time for fund raising. The potatoes in the recipe really cut down the amount, and therefore the cost, of the ground beef. Here it really stretches my dollar as freeze dried ground beef is no where close to cheap, BUT hash brown potatoes are. The sauce on these is by far my favorite, though childhood memories may be keeping me a little biased. Continue reading