20 LOST RECIPES FROM THE PIONEERS: WHAT THEY COOKED IN THEIR JOURNEY WESTWARD

Today’s post is quick, but very cool, at least to me. 😊 Below is a link to an article which highlights 20 actual pioneer recipes, which were used during their journey to begin a new life. You have everything from “mud apples” and “chuckwagon beans”, to “vinegar lemonade” and “dutch oven trout”. I hope you enjoy this little journey back in time.


Pioneer life was not easy and the daily chores of managing a house where more than a full time occupation.

Cooking was a major part of each day. Early settlers butchered their own meat and made corned beef, sausage, smoked and dried meats. Large gardens yielded produce for canning, pickling and other preserves. Root cellars stored potatoes, carrots, and onions. Milk was separated into cream for butter and baking and milk for drinking. Breads, cakes and pies were of course all baked at home from scratch from whatever was available…

For the full article and to see the 20 recipes,

follow this link!

25 Vintage Recipes Just Like Grandma Used to Make | EatingWell

“Go back in time with these vintage recipes featuring classics your grandma grew up with. Whether you’re looking for an easy appetizer, main dish or dessert, we take a vintage recipe and put a fun, modern twist on it like stuffing chicken salad in avocados or making an everything bagel flavored cheese ball. Recipes like Macaroni Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing and Lemon Icebox Pie with Coconut Graham Cracker Crust are delicious, filling and the perfect nostalgic bite.

25 Vintage Recipes Just Like Grandma Used to Make
— Read on www.eatingwell.com/gallery/7821124/vintage-recipes/

5 Recipes from my Mother’s Kitchen

With all of us celebrating Mother’s day yesterday, I’m honoring my Mom today on both of my blogs. FOLLOW THIS LINK to see a poem I wrote her in June, 2005 for her 60th birthday.

My Mom is an absolutely AMAZING cook! I’d like to think my love of cooking came from watching her work magic in the kitchen. Like my Grandmother before her, it seemed that Mom didn’t measure anything or directly follow any recipe. She could take any recipe, change amounts, or remove/change ingredients entirely and come up with a mouth watering dish. I never knew how she could do that. It’s only now, after I’ve cooked for more than 25 years, that I can begin to understand how to transform a recipe into my own creation.

This photo is from June, 2019. We made some precious memories when our parents came for my son’s High School Graduation. Here we have three generations of family cooking together. From left to right: My Mother-in-law, my son Shaun, me, my Mom.

Today, I’ve picked out 5 of my Mom’s recipes to share with all of you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Nachos Casserole

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound hot Italian sausage
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp tabasco sauce
  • salt
  • 2- 1 pound cans refried beans
  • 1- 4 ounce can green chiles (rinsed, seeded, deveined, chopped)
  • 6 ounces Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 6 ounces Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 cups mild taco sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions
  • 3/4 cup sliced pitted ripe olives
  • 2 cups guacamole
  • 1 cup sour cream
  1. In a large skillet, brown beef/sausage and onion.
  2. Drain fat.
  3. Season with salt and tabasco sauce and set aside to cool
  4. Spread beans in a 4 quart casserole dish
  5. Spread meat on top, then chilies.
  6. Sprinkle both cheeses on top.
  7. Drizzle with taco sauce.
  8. Up til this point, recipe may be covered and refrigerated ahead of time, up to 24 hours. Return to room temp prior to cooking
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes
  10. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with scallions, and olives. Mound the guacamole in center and top with sour cream. Serve with tortilla chips.

Corn Hot Dish

  • 1 – 16 ounce can cream style corn
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp onion salt
  • 1 can whole kernel corn
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  1. Heat all ingredients on stovetop.
  2. Place in casserole dish.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, covered
  4. Sprinkle 1/2 cup buttered cracker crumbs over baked casserole
  5. Bake 20 more minutes, uncovered

Corn & Shrimp Chowder

  • 12 ounces bacon
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 3 T finely copped green pepper
  • 1 cup finely copped carrots
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 – 13 ounce can whole kernel corn
  • 2 cups half & half
  • 1 pound shrimp, cooked, peeled & deveined
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cups diced potatoes
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/8 t cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1 – 17 ounce can cream style corn
  1. In Dutch oven, cook bacon, crumble and set aside. Reserve 1/4 cup drippings.
  2. In bacon drippings, saute onion, garlic, celery, green pepper and carrots til tender. Blend in flour, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
  3. Add broth and bay leaf, stirring occasionally til thickened.
  4. Add potatoes, salt, pepper and paprika. Cook 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  5. Add corn and heat thoroughly.
  6. Stir in half & half and shrimp. Heat thoroughly, but NOT boil.
  7. Remove bay leaf and taste. Re-season if necessary.
  8. Sprinkle each serving with crumbled bacon and parsley.

Sweet and Savory Meatballs

NOTE: This is a favorite in my home. My kids absolutely LOVE this one. Since I no longer use processed condensed soup, stay tuned for a healthy “remake” in a future article!
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can golden mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup drained chopped canned tomatoes
  • 2 T. vinegar
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • 2 t. soy sauce
  • cooked rice
  1. Mix ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, egg and garlic. Shape into small meatballs. Brown meatballs in 1 tablespoon oil.
  2. Mix sauce ingredients together in a bowl and pour over meatballs in a pan.
  3. Cook in pan 20-30 minutes.
  4. Server over hot cooked rice.

Frozen Strawberry Salad

  • 1 – 8 ounce cream cheese – softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 – 10 ounce package strawberries, thawed
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 – 9 ounce cool whip (feel free to use an equal amount of homemade whip cream)
  1. Blend cream cheese and sugar until fluffy.
  2. Add remaining ingredients.
  3. Pour into 9×13 inch pan and freeze
  4. Slightly thaw before serving.
  5. Can be kept in freezer up to 1 month.

10 ‘Depression Era’ Recipes to Make if your Pantry is Bare

One of my favorite things to do is look for vintage and old timey recipes. I decided to scour the internet for depression era recipes for today’s article. I thought it fitting since many items are scarce in grocery stores today. My grocery store is almost always out of flour. Eggs are a hit and miss. Sometimes they have a ton, sometimes none at all.

I always admired people who lived during the great depression. We can, by no means, compare ourselves to what they went through. With shanty towns, food lines and the dust bowl, things were much worse back then. We live in luxury by comparison. With that said, there are certain things that may be hard to get and we can learn a lot from their strength and creativity.

I tried to find recipes that had basic ingredients. Because they were cheaper, hot dogs were often used as the protein. I have included 2 such recipes here. Under normal circumstances, hot dogs wouldn’t be included as an ingredient on this site, but I wanted to include it for authenticity. Feel free to swap out the hot dogs in favor of a healthier meat or sausage. The main point is use what you’ve got on hand and get creative, as they did.

Grandma Pruit’s Vinegar Pie

Taste of Home

This one looks rather interesting. But, is a perfect fit for our theme today. If you have limited resources, this is a great recipe. The author of the recipe says: “This historic pie has been in our family for many generations and is always at all of the family get-togethers.

Old Timey Country Potato Soup

Recipe Lion

This recipe is a wonderful way to fill some bellies and stretch just a few ingredients a long way. As the recipe author says: “Indulge in the comforts of old-fashioned cooking with this classic recipe for Old Timey Country Potato Soup. This easy potato soup recipe will give you something delicious and hearty to serve anytime you’re debating over what to put on the dinner table.”

Poor Man’s Cookies

Taste of Home

These are very interesting and remind me of a similar cake recipe: water cake.
From the author of the recipe: “In the 1930s, producers of a popular radio program called Jake and Lena invited listeners to write in for this recipe. My mother changed the name from Jake and Lena Cookies to Poor Man’s Cookies because they contained no eggs, milk or nuts. Despite the name, the cookies are rich in taste!

Old-Fashioned Hot-Water Cornbread

The Spruce Eats

If your grocery store is anything like mine, regular flour is a scarcity. If this is the case, and you have corn meal in your pantry, give this recipe a try. With only four ingredients, it couldn’t be easier!

Granny’s Cocoa Cream Pie

Forgotten Way Farms

This recipe looks soooo good, and soooo easy! The recipe comes from the author’s own grandmother! I would venture to guess that most pantries will have the ingredients.

Shoo Fly Pie

Grandma’s Vintage Recipes

According to Wikipedia: Shoo Fly Pie is is a molasses pie or cake that developed its traditional form among the Pennsylvania Dutch in the 1880s, who ate it with strong black coffee for breakfast.
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War Cake

First We Feast

This recipe goes back to rationing during World War II. While technically not “depression era”, it does fit in with the “limited pantry” theme as well as the “no flour” thing! WHY? It has no flour!
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Vintage Brown Buttered

Homemade Noodles Recipe

Happy Money Saver

If With only 4 ingredients, this recipe is awesome. That said, it has 2 of the scarcest ingredients at the moment: eggs and flour.
This homemade noodles recipe comes from a 1900's recipe box. If you want to make noodles from scratch, the old fashioned way, this is a great recipe to try.
This homemade noodles recipe comes from a 1900's recipe box. If you want to make noodles from scratch, the old fashioned way, this is a great recipe to try.

Poor Man’s Meal

Clara’s Kitchen

At the time this lovely video was made, in 2009, Clara was 91 years old. In this video below, she shares a staple of life in the depression: poor man’s meal. I highly recommend watching the video. Clara shares some of her history as she makes the meal.

Hoover Stew

Just a Pinch

According to Mental Floss, this recipe is a generic name for recipes made from soup kitchens soups or thin broth. One recipe calls for spaghetti and hotdogs, such as the one shared by Just a Pinch.
This Recipe And Picture Is By A Woman Named Mrs. Dunn And I Found It On The Web Site-depression Era Recipes.

Until next time, namaste my friends