Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mama's Brownies

I found this recipe in Grandmother’s old recipe book in my mother’s

handwriting, therefore, I cannot verify the origin or the date it was written.


2/3 cup of shortening (Mama used Crisco) I used butter when I made this recipe.

1 lb. of light brown sugar

4 eggs

2 2/3 cup of flour

¾ cup of chocolate chips

1 teaspoon of baking powder

A pinch of salt

1 teaspoon of vanilla


Melt butter, stir in sugar and put aside to cool for about 12 minutes.

Add eggs---one at a time---stir briskly after each egg added.

Combine flour, salt and baking powder and shift together.

Add dry mixture slowing while beating.

Add vanilla

Add chocolate chips

Pour into greased baking pan and bake at 35 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Sprinkle nuts on top after cooling---just add a little chocolate frosting so
the nuts adhere to the brownie.

I sometimes add nuts to the mixture before baking.
About 1/2 cup of pecans or chopped walnuts.


Mama always gave me a cold glass of milk and a hot brownie.

Such happy memories  to cherish being in the kitchen with Mama.


I like to serve them as a desert to dinner guest (or as a treat to my friends or just me)

with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

drizzled with chocolate on top.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Eggplant with Macaroni-Recipe--Grandmother's Summer Dish

One package of elbow macaroni
One eggplant
Three tablespoons of Butter
Three tablespoons of minced onion
Two tablespoons of minced green pepper
Two tablespoons of minced celery
Two tablespoons of minced parsley
One teaspoon of salt
Pepper to taste
One-half teaspoon poultry seasoning
One-half tablespoon lemon juice                                                                  

Cook the macaroni as directed on the box and drain. Wash the eggplant and cook in boiling salted water until tender.Remove from water, drain and peel. Cut the bulk into small pieces.
Melt butter and cook onion, green pepper, celery and parsley for about 3 minutes or until delicately brown. Mix with eggplant and drained macaroni. Add seasoning and turn into a buttered baking
dish, cover with buttered crumbs and bake in a moderate oven
about 375 degrees until brown or about 15 minutes.

This is a great family treat Grandmother made for her grandchildren
on summer vacations. Her dish was always served with thick slices of
tomatoes and cucumbers (she grew in her garden with the eggplant,
onions, and green peppers.)  Sweet tea or Lemonade was our favorite
drinks for the hot summer days.

She served her Blackberry Cobbler with homemade vanilla ice cream.
We were in a food paradise because she spoiled us and we loved it.

I miss being spoiled by her, but mostly I miss her and her sweet country
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