Old Fashioned Recipes

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Chuckwagon cook near Spur, Texas.

Cook of the SMS Ranch near Spur, Texas – Lee Russell 1939.

Gold Rush Pork Chops

  • 4 pork chops 1 inch thick min.
  • 2 apples sliced
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • flour
  • salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg

Combine the flour, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Roll pork chops in this mixture and brown the chops. When chops are brown, turn down heat, add flour mixture for the gravy, top chops with sliced apples and add the apple cider until the chops are covered.

Simmer until tender, About 1 hour. When down, the chops will be in gravy.

Emigrant Potato Salad

  •  18 medium-sized potatoes
  •  3 medium-sized onions, diced
  •  9 cups diced celery
  •  3 medium cucumbers, diced
  •  9 sweet green bell peppers, diced
  •  9 pimentos, cut
  •  1 doz. eggs, boiled hard, peeled
  •  1 teaspoon celery salt
  •  3 cups mayonnaise *

Wash and cook the potatoes without paring. Cool, peel, and slice (or cube). Blend all ingredients well, taking care they do not lose theiridentity. Refrigerate or keep on ice.

Corn Fritters

  • 2 cups corn bread mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup canned corn, drained
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil

Put the corn bread mix in a bowl and, using a fork to blend, gradually add the water. Be careful not to over-blend. The dough should be quite stiff. Add the corn, which should be well drained. Put about one-fourth of the oil in a skillet and heat. Ladle the batter into the hot oil and fry for about 2 minutes, turning once. Serve with syrup, honey or butter. This recipe makes about 12 fritters.

Baked Beans

  • 2 cups navy or pea beans
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 Tbsp chopped onion
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 pound piece salt pork

Wash beans, discard imperfect beans. Cover with water and soak overnight, or cover with boiling water and soak 4-5 hours. Drain, cover with a large amount of boiling salted water; boil slowly for 1 hour. Drain, combine salt, sugar, molasses, bay leaf, mustard, onion and water and add to beans. Pour into bean pot. Score rind of pork and press into beans, leaving the rind exposed. Cover beans with additional water, (boiling) and bake in 300 deg F oven for 4 hours. Remove cover for last 1 1/2 hours cooking.

Southern Rice Pudding

  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 4 cup milk
  • 2 Tb. butter or margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • dash mace
  • 1 lemon rind, grated (optional)

Soak rice in 2 cups milk for 2 hours.  Add remaining milk to rice & cook over low heat 20-30 minutes or until tender.  Set aside to cool.   Start oven at 350 degrees.  Butter 2 quart casserole.  Work butter or margarine until soft, then work in sugar thoroughly.  Beat eggs until frothy, add sugar mixture & rice.  Flavor with cinnamon, mace & lemon rind.  Pour into casserole, bake 45 minutes.  Serve warm or cold, plain or with cream and sugar.   Serves 6-8.

Boiled Cookies

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cups cocoa.

Mix and boil for 1 and 1/2 minutes.  Remove and add:  2 1/2 cups oatmeal 1/2 cup peanut butter;  1 tsp. vanilla.  Beat, blend & drop by the spoonful on was paper.   No need to bake ’cause they’ll harden by themselves.

Johnny Cakes

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons lard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 cups cornmeal

Beat the eggs and melt the lard before mixing them with the milk, salt, cornmeal & sugar.  Drop a heaping dollop into a hot, greased skillet and fry each side until they are brown.  Serve with molasses, syrup, powdered sugar or fruit toppings & butter.

Mock Apple Pie

  • 12 Soda Crackers
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • nutmeg
  • cinnamon

Break soda crackers into a bowl and and water, sugar, juice of one lemon and a little nutmeg or cinnamon.  Pour into unbaked pie shell.  Dot with butter; cover with top with pie crust and bake in a moderate oven for around 30 minutes or to a golden brown color.

Brown Sugar Candy

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk or cream
  • butter (size of a walnut)
  • walnuts
  • vanilla

Boil until it forms a soft lump when dropped into cold water, remove from fire. Beat until it begins to thicken, then add 1 cup chopped walnuts and vanilla. Pour into buttered dish.

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