Grandma's Kitchen: April 29, 2016

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From my sister-in-law, Marian Biermeier, Waterloo

2 cups crushed graham crackers

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup sugar

1 can sweetened condensed milk

8 oz pkg coconut

Mix and spread over crust; bake 13 minutes more.

1 pkg butterscotch chips

1 pkg chocolate chips

1. Mix graham crackers, butter and sugar. Press in a 9x13-inch pan. Back 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

2. In a bowl, mix sweetened condensed milk and coconut. Mix, and spread over crust; bake 13 minutes more.

3. Spread butterscotch and chocolate chips over bars, and heat to melt the chips to spread over all.

4. Let semi-harden, and cut into small bars. Store bars covered in cool dry place.


1 can Spam (I use regular, but you can use the new flavors, if desired)

4 oz American cheese

3 tbsp catsup

3 tbsp milk

Minced onion to taste

1, Grind meat and cheese.

2. Mix with other ingredients, and spread on split hamburger buns or English Muffins; broil for 2 to 4 minutes.

Linda's Note: I add sliced black olives and mushrooms to mine, as those are two things I love to squeeze in whenever I can. Add extra ketchup if needed.


From Kathy Gwash

2 lb hamburger

1 cup sliced onion

2 cup diced celery

1 can mushroom soup

1 can chicken rice soup

1 cup wild rice (raw)

1. In a saucepan, pour just enough boiling water on rice to cover it. Simmer 10 minutes.

2. Turn off heat, and let stand while you mix the other ingredients.

3. Brown the hamburger; add onion, celery and soups. Last, add the wild rice.

4. Put in roaster or a casserole. Bake one hour at 350 degrees, covered.

Be sure to use a baking dish that will allow space for the ingredients to expand.

Serves 6


My Mom, JoHannah Speeter-Majerus

1 cup dry macaroni rings

1 lb hot dogs, cut up

1/4 cup chopped onion

2 tbsp butter

1 can tomato soup

1 cup grated American cheese

1/2 cup water

1. Cook the macaroni per package directions; drain.

2. Brown the hot dogs and onions in butter.

3. Stir in soup, cheese and water. Simmer on low heat, stirring constantly until cheese is melted. Add macaroni, and heat till thoroughly heated through.

Serves 4

Note: There are times we did not have hot dogs, so Mom used hamburger instead.


1 angel food cake mix

Cut into small pieces and put in a 9 x 13 pan.

6 oz pkg strawberry jello

1-1/2 cups boiling water

1 drained pkg frozen strawberries, thawed

1 container of thawed Cool Whip

1. Bake and cool angel food cake mix, and cut into small pieces in a 9x13-inch pan.

2. Dissolve jello and boiling water.

3. Add frozen strawberries and enough drained juice and water to make 2 cups. Chill until partially set.

4. Fold in cool whip. Pour mixture over angel food pieces in pan. Mix.

5. Chill until set. Cut in 12 to 15 pieces and serve.

Linda's note: I like to serve mine with a bit of extra Cool Whip and a whole fresh strawberry on top. I have also made this with lemon jello and had a tasty dessert.


2/3 cup mayonnaise

2/3 cup sour cream

1 tbsp onion

1 tsp dried parsley

1 tsp dill weed

1 tsp Lawry's seasoning

1. Mix all ingredients in blender.

2. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator till ready to use. Serve with fresh veggies.

Note: I have used calorie-reduced mayonnaise and sour cream, and the results are fine.


1 lb leaf lettuce

2 cold, boiled, potatoes, diced

3 thick slices bacon

1/2 cup vinegar

2 hard cooked eggs, sliced

1. Shred lettuce, and mix lightly with potatoes.

2. Cut bacon into squares, and fry well; sprinkle over lettuce.

3. Mix vinegar with bacon fat, and pour over salad.

4. Garnish with eggs.

Serves 6