Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Question About the Tennessee Jam Cake

A reader has ask if the Tennessee Jam cake (i posted the recipe last week) is like a sheet cake. Unfortunately, I have no idea. It is a very old recipe I found in my late mother's old shoebox full of recipes and clippings. As with a lot of recipes in that era the info and directions were sparse. I never remember my mother making it and I haven't as I am diabetic. DO ANY OF YOU READERS HAVE INFORMATION ON THIS CAKE OR ONE SIMILAR? 


This recipe was from the mother of the Country Music Duo and Grand Old Opry stars, "The Wilburn Brothers". I remember them being a popular country duo in the 50s and 60s. She said it was the pie she baked most often when they were boys growing up in Missouri.

1 cup sugar
4 tbsps cocoa, level
4 tbsps flour, level
Yolks of 3 large eggs, save whites for meringue
1/4 stick butter or margarine
1 1/4 cups sweet milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 9" pie shell, baked

Combine the sugar, cocoa, flour, and 1/4 cup of the milk; mix well. Add the egg yolks and remaining milk, butter and vanilla. Cook in a double boiler until thick. Pour into the baked pie shell. Cover with the meringue topping listed below.

For the Meringue Topping:

3 large egg whites
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 tbsps sugar

Beat the egg whites until stiff. Add the vanilla and 1/2 tablespoon of the sugar. Continue to beat. Gradually beat in the remaining sugar. Pile the meringue on the pie, spreading all the way to the crust to seal the edges. Bake in a 300 degree oven until the meringue is browned, about 8 to 10 minutes.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018


This is another recipe from my late mother's shoebox collection. I love that she saved so many recipes. I doubt she ever made most of them but she enjoyed collecting them and I do, too.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


This is an old recipe from my late mother's shoebox recipe files.

Saturday, March 10, 2018


I saw this on the internet and I loved it, especially where the writer put "don't lose this recipe"! Not sure how old it is but it is old because very seldom do you see a recipe today calling for Dream Whip. I even had trouble finding it in the store last year for a recipe I have.

Friday, March 9, 2018


(From the White House Cookbook, 1894)

The juice on one lemon, a tumblerful of cold water, pounded sugar to taste, half a small teaspoonful of carbonate of soda. Squeeze the juice from the lemon; strain and add it to the water, with sufficient pounded sugar to sweeten the whole nicely. When well mixed, put in the soda, stir well and drink while the mixture is in an effervescing state.

Thursday, March 8, 2018


This recipe is from a very old cookbook I got in a collector set.

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
3 tbsps cocoa
1 tbsp butter
1 cup milk
1 cup chopped nutmeats
1 tsp vanilla extract

Put the brown sugar, white sugar, and cocoa in a 2-quart saucepan; mix to blend. Add the butter and slowly pour in the milk. Stir together well. Over a low to medium heat bring the mixture to a boil. Continue boiling while stirring; cook to the soft ball in cold water stage. Cool slightly then beat until creamy. Add in the vanilla and nuts. Mix well and pour into a buttered pan to cool. Pan size will depend on whether you want thin pieces of fudge or thick pieces.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018


Sonny James was a very popular country music entertainer and Grand Old Opry star when I was a teenager. I got this recipe on a trip to Nashville, Tennessee in the early 70s. Sonny James said this was one of the favorite cakes served on his cattle ranch in Alabama. And he always had it waiting when his father visited for Sunday dinner.

1 pkg white cake mix
1 pkg (3-oz) strawberry jello
3 tbsps flour
1 cup salad oil
1/2 cup water
4 eggs
1 pkg (10-oz) frozen strawberries, thawed
1 stick margarine
1 box confectioner's sugar

Combine the cake mix, jello, and flour in a large mixing bowl. Add oil and water and blend well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating one minute after each addition. Fold half of the strawberries into the batter. Grease two cake pans, line bottoms with waxed paper circles and grease again. Pour in the batter. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. Cool and spread with icing made from the margarine, sugar and remaining strawberries.

I do not have a picture of this cake so just added this clip art photo for fun.

Monday, February 26, 2018


This is the broccoli casserole that has been popular in my family for many, many years. I have taken this to many family meals, church luncheons, etc. over the years.

1/2 stick oleo, use part to grease 2-qt baking dish
1 small onion, chopped
1 square box frozen chopped broccoli
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2-in square of Velveeta cheese, cubed
1 cup minute rice, cooked according to pkg directions

Bake at 375 degrees.

Melt oleo in pan, add chopped onion. Cook over low heat until onion is transparent. Add the broccoli and continue to cook just until broccoli is separated. Add soup and cheese; mix well. Add the minute rice. Mix well and pour into the prepared baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

Note: This casserole can be made up to a day ahead, refrigerate before baking then add 5 to 10 minutes to the baking time.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018


2 tbsps butter
3 tbsps packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
1 1/3 cups baking mix (such as Bisquick)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup milk
2 tbsp canola oil
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 egg

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in an 8 or 9-inch square  or round baking pan placed in the oven. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle brown sugar over the margarine. Arrange grape halves on the brown sugar/butter mixture. In a medium bowl, mix together the baking mix, granulated sugar, milk, oil, almond extract, and egg. Beat the mixture vigorously for about a half minute. Pour batter over the grapes. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Invert immediately onto a heatproof serving plate. Let pan remain in place for a few minutes, then remove. Serve warm. Add whipped cream, if desired.

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