Hamburger Pie

When my father in law gave me his mother’s recipe box this, is the recipe he remembers most fondly.

It is a simple meal that tastes like home. Very similar to a Shepard’s Pie. The tomato meat sauce with green beans goes perfect with mashed potatoes.

It looks so pretty in my Pyrex bowl! This was my grandma’s and I think it’s especially fun to make old family recipes in it.

My only change in this recipe is that I used homemade mashed potatoes and not instant. I wasn’t sure if it called for fresh or canned green beans. I used fresh and steamed them. Next time I would likely use canned.

How pretty is this handwriting? You can tell from the wear that it was much loved and used.

Hamburger Pie: Recipe

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp A1 steak sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 C green beans
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • Instant mashed potatoes 4-6 servings
  • Saute onion in butter until tender but not brown. Add ground beef, A1 steak sauce, and salt. Brown lightly. Stir in soup and beans. Pour the mixture into a 1 1/2 qt casserole. Top with mounds of mashed potatoes and bake in a moderate oven, 350 degrees, 25 minutes or until potatoes begin to brown.

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    Rhubarb Coffee Cake

    My Mom’s sweet neighbor picked me some rhubarb and I was excited to get to baking.Much to my son’s dismay I do not have a copy of the rhubarb pie his Great Grandma and Aunt made.After asking around I finally decided on Oma’s Rhubarb Cake. A poster in a Vintage Recipe Group on Facebook shared this one with me.It is delicious! The crunchy top goes perfect with the soft moist cake.

    Next time I will definitely be using another cup of rhubarb.I did use half brown sugar and half white. I love the flavor brown sugar gives. You could easily sub in more if you like.

    Rhubarb Coffee Cake


    • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • 3 cups diced rhubarb
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1/4 cup butter, softened
    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • ground cinnamon, for dusting


    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch baking dish.
    2. In a large bowl, stir together 1 1/4 cups sugar, baking soda, salt and 2 cups flour. Stir in the eggs and sour cream until smooth, then fold in the rhubarb. Pour into the prepared dish and spread evenly. In a smaller bowl, stir together the remaining 1 cup sugar and butter until smooth. Stir in 1/4 cup flour until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle the mixture on top of the cake then dust lightly with cinnamon.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.

    Need more rhubarb recipes? Here are a few I found.

    Rhubarb Cobbler. This sounds so delicious!

    Rhubarb Meringue. I love the idea of meringue and rhubarb together.

    These Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Bars look amazing!

    White Fudge Frosting

    I’m on a mission to find the perfect frosting for Wacky Cake the best ever chocolate cake

    Unfortunately I over cooked this frosting and it was delicious but much to hard.

    Completely my fault, I know you will have better results! Plus I want to share with you all the recipes I try from my recipe collection.

    This recipe was in Grandma R’s recipe box. Check out the note that says “home ec”. I bet this recipe is from her highschool days!

    Unfortunately it’s written in pencil so it’s a bit hard to see in pictures.

    White Fudge Frosting Recipe:

    White Fudge Frosting:

    • 3 C sugar
    • 1/8 tsp salt
    • 1 C milk
    • 2 Tbsp butter
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla
    • 1/2 tsp almond extract

    Combine sugar, salt, and milk in saucepan. Bring quickly to boil, stirring only until sugar is dissolved. Boil, without stirring, until a small amount of mixture forms a very soft ball in cold water. (234 degrees). Remove from heat. Add butter and flavoring. Cook to lukewarm. Beat until right consistency. Place over hot water to keep soft while spreading.

    Lemon Bars: Best Ever

    I had lost my lemon bar recipe and was so excited to try these. This recipe is from r/old_recipes. People are sharing all sorts of wonderful sounding recipes!

    This was a much loved family recipe. The person who posted said their Grandma always made them and now she is gone and they do. Such a nice way to carry on a memory.

    The recipe is extremely popular and many people have tried and shared. Of course I had to too!

    They are delicious. Ridiculously can’t stop eating them good.

    My son says they are way better than the ones I made before. Going to write this one down for my recipe box!

    Lemon Bars

    Lemon Bar Recipe:
    • 2 cups flour
    • 1 cup butter or margarine
    • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
    Cream and press into ungreased 9 x 12 pan. Bake 20 minutes at °350.

    • Beat 4 eggs, add 5 to 7 Tbsp lemon juice.
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 4 Tablespoons flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt.

    Pour on baked crust while hot.
    Bake 25 minutes at °350. Sprinkle with powdered sugar while still warm. Let cool all the way before cutting.

    Be sure to fully cream the crust.

    The edges will likely get dark and stick. Be sure the center is cooked through.

    Broccoli Salad

    I adore this salad! Sweet and tangy broccoli salad with bacon, raisins, and sunflower seeds.

    A perfect summer side dish. Make up a batch for your next cook out. Check out Summer Cucumber Salad too.

    This recipe was in Grandma R’s huge recipe box. I’m has a note that I was given to her by Cindy Rehm. I hope to find out more about her if possible. For now I will just share the recipe with you.

    Broccoli Salad


    • 1 large bunch broccoli
    • 6 slices crisp cooked bacon, crumbled
    • 1/3 C raisins (or more)
    • 1/3 C sunflower seeds
    • 1/2 red onion chopped

    Ingredients for dressing:

    • 1/2 C mayo
    • 1 Tbsp sugar
    • 1 Tbsp vinegar

    Mix first ingredients in a large bowl. Stir dressing ingredients in small bowl and pour over the broccoli mix. Combine well and refrigerate at least 2 hours but best overnight.

    Canadian Cottage Cookies: No Bake

    I was very excited to find this Canadian Cottage Cookie recipe in Grandma R’s recipe box. They looked like a fancy version of the classic no bake cookies I grew up with!

    Of course I’m always happy to find gluten free dessert recipes for me. Between these and 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies I can satisfy my sweet tooth.

    These are perfect any time of year but not needing the oven is a huge perk for the summer months.

    I’m surprised how many of these old recipes are typed!

    Canadian Cottage Cookies: Recipe


    • 2 C sugar
    • 1/2 C cocoa powder
    • 1/2 C milk
    • 1/2 C butter
    • 2 1/4 C quick oatmeal
    • 1 C shredded coconut
    • 1/2 C nuts
    • 1 tsp vanilla

    Boil sugar, cocoa, milk, and butter for 5 minutes. Start timing once at a full boil. Stir in oatmeal, coconut, nuts, and vanilla. Drop on waxed paper.


    As usual I skipped nuts and added 1/2 C more coconut. Also used old fashioned oats because that’s what I had on hand. They were delicious!

    If there is too much of the chocolate sauce sprinkle in and mix small amounts of oatmeal. It should not be dry but also not soupy.

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    Another recipe that I will be making regularly! This truly is an oldie but goodie.This would be delicious with your favorite pizza toppings added in as well. I would suggest ham, bacon, olives, sausage, banana peppers, whatever you normally add to your pizza would likely be a good addition.Swap the regular pasta for gluten free if needed.I made this on a night my son’s friends were over hoping it would be a hit and it sure was.Im going to format this into a more standard recipe post.For the pasta I highly recommend using the Creamettes brand. It really is extra good.It calls for Ragu, I just used whatever spaghetti type sauce I had on hand.

    Cavatini Recipe


    • 1 lb ground beef
    • 1 onion chopped
    • 2 Tbls butter or olive oil
    • 1 green pepper chopped
    • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
    • 1 can tomato paste
    • 2 small cans of mushrooms drained
    • 1 package slices pepperoni
    • 1 box of pasta in your choice of shape shells, swirls, etc
    • 1 C shredded mozzarella cheese

    DirectionsSaute onion in olive oil or butter until translucent. Add ground beef and green pepper, cook. While that is browning cook pasta to slightly underdone. Drain grease from meat then add spaghetti sauce, tomato paste, mushrooms, and pepperoni. Stir all together and then stir in pasta. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake 30-45 minutes at 350 degrees. Bake until bubbling and cheese is browning.I didn’t have an issue but you might want to not mix in all the pasta until you are sure there is enough sauce. You could add up to about a 1/4 cup of water if needed or just use less pasta.

    Wacky Cake: WWII Era Goodness

    Wacky Cake

    It was definitely the name that caught my eye! I mean who doesn’t want cake that’s wacky?I actually found two versions of this cake. One in Grandma R’s recipe box and one in my estate sale find. I will share the version I tried.

    Wacky Cake was likely created during WWII. When milk and eggs were scarce because of rationing. After posting in r/Old_Recipes I learned that this was a really popular cake! In a handwritten recipe group on Facebook one person said it is what their Mom always made for birthdays.I just love recipes with such an interesting history.The bi-weekly invasion of teens was that night so I decided to experiment on them. They eat about anything and then we wouldn’t have sweets around tempting us. Win win.

    The recipe didn’t specify if it needed frosting or not so I let it cool and tried a piece. Obviously I thought it needed frosting. It would also be good dusted with powdered sugar too.I hate to admit to you all that I used store bought frosting. What can I say I was in a rush and panicked!This cake is so delicious, light, and moist. Amazing and not to sweet. It would be an excellent cake to top with a decadent homemade frosting.

    Wacky Cake Recipe:


    • 1 1/2 C flour
    • 1 C sugar
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 3 Tbsp cocoa
    • 1 Tbsp vinegar
    • 6 Tbsp vegetable oil
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1 C cold water

    Stir ingredients until well mixed. Bake 25 minutes in a 350 degree oven in an ungreased 8×8 pan.Mine took closer to 35 minutes so keep an eye on it. The whole surface will all look the same and done. If you poke it to check it might fall.

    It’s normal to take cake outside for pictures right? Sure looks pretty on my Fiestaware.

    Update! Wacky Cake version 2

    Ravenchilde’s Favorite Aunts Wacky Cake

    WACKY CAKE Method Take an 8”X8” pan, not greased. Sift into it 1 1/2 cups of flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 4 scant Tbsp. cocoa. Level off in pan and make 3 holes with a spoon. Into the first hole put 1 tsp. vanilla. Into the second hole put I Tbsp. vinegar. Into the third hole put 5 Tbsp. melted butter. Over all this pour I cup warm water. Mix until flour disappears. Bake 30 minutes at 350 F.

    One Skillet Korean Sausage Dinner: Low Carb

    This is less of a recipe and more of a basic idea of how to use this new smoked sausage.

    Johnsonville Korean Sausage

    I spotted this new Johnsonville sausage flavor when getting the smoked sausage I needed for Sausage and Rice Skillet.

    This one skillet recipe is a combination of the Sausage and Rice Skillet and Green Pepper Steak recipes. Both are easy for busy nights.  And simple to swap ingredients based on what you have on hand and diet needs.

    Now if you are Korean you are going to want to stop reading! This is the least authentic Korean food. At least compared to what I have had.

    The Korean BBQ Sausage doesn’t taste too different from the regular smoked sausage I usually buy.


  • Johnsonville Korean BBQ Sausage cut up
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • Green Pepper diced
  • Rice or riced cauliflower
  • Soy sauce
  • Minced garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Broth or water
  • Brown sausage and onion in olive oil in a large skillet. Prepare rice or riced cauliflower. If using cauliflower squeeze as much liquid out as possible it will taste so much better. Mix in rice. Add about a cup of broth or water and approximately 1/4 C of soy sauce. Let simmer with a lid for 5-10 minutes. Add green pepper and any other veggies and cook until done.