Have you noticed that recipes, just as styles and fashions, come and go? Seven-layer salads were all the rage twenty-five years ago. Chicken Tetrazzini, Broccoli Casseroles, and Hash Brown Casseroles were also very popular.
Mama served Chicken Tetrazzini on occasion for dinner when I was growing up. It took a Broccoli Casserole to convince Greg that broccoli was a good thing. Hash Brown Casserole was one of my Aunt Cat’s signature dishes, and you could count on it being at all of our family dinners.
These are wonderfully delicious dishes that have been put to the side for newer, updated recipes, but they should not be forgotten. When I recently shared a Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole recipe on my blog, I found out just how much people desire to see the old classic recipes. So, starting today, I will share an “oldie but goodie” with you occasionally.
This Cream Cheese Pie was a favorite of mine when I was growing up. You usually saw them in the purchased graham cracker crust and topped with cherry or blueberry pie filling and they were wonderful. This recipe is for a 9 x 13-inch dish but use half of the ingredients for a 9-inch pie.
Cream Cheese Pie
- 2 cups crushed graham cracker crumbs (24 squares)
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ⅔ cup butter, melted
- 2 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
- 2 (14-oz.) cans sweetened condensed milk
- ⅔ c. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 cans pie filling, chilled (cherry or blueberry)
- For crust:
- In a medium bowl, combine the crumbs and sugar; add butter and blend well. Press onto the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
- Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack before filling.
- For filling:
- With an electric mixer beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in sweetened condensed milk and mix until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla extract. Pour into cooled crust and chill for at least 4 hours.
- Pour pie filling over the top of pie and serve.
The first taste of this fantastic Homemade Payday Candy took me back 40 years or more. Back to a time when I could walk to the Beeler’s store with my cousins for a Coke and candy bar. Those were the days! We didn’t even need money because we would put it on daddy’s tab. The gas tab that he would keep and pay at the end of the month. The one that would undoubtedly have a few surprises on it when he went in to pay.
This candy is one of the easiest candy recipes you’ll ever make. Waiting for the candy to chill is the hardest part! The Payday candy would be a great recipe to get the kids involved. With only five ingredients and the microwave, you will be licking the bowl in a matter of minutes!
Homemade Payday Candy
- 1 (16-oz.) salted cocktail peanuts
- 2 c. peanut butter chips
- 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1 (14-oz.) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 (10.5-oz.) bag mini marshmallows
- Spray a 9 x 13-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle 1 c. peanuts on the bottom of the pan, set aside.
- In a large microwave-safe bowl, heat peanut butter chips and butter in 30-second increments on 50% power, stirring after each, until melted.
- Stir sweetened condensed milk into the chips and microwave on high power for 1 more minute. Stir until smooth and combined.
- Fold the marshmallows into the peanut butter chips mixture until evenly coated. Pour over the peanuts in the pan. Spreading even with a spatula, try not to disturb the peanuts.
- Press the remaining 1 c. nuts into the marshmallow mixture. Cover and chill for at least one hour.
- Cut into squares.
You may substitute salted dry-roasted peanuts for the cocktail peanuts if you prefer.
If you are like me, you want to do the Fourth of July cookout. However, there’s nothing less appealing that being stuck in the hot kitchen! Especially if this fourth is as hot as a few days these past couple of weeks.
I plan to make it easy on myself this year. I will prepare the sides salads at night when it’s cooler. Then we will throw some corn on the grill with the burgers and for dessert, I plan to make this refreshing berry treat. There’s no baking, and you can mix it up in a matter of minutes. It’s cool, refreshing and delicious! The strawberries and blueberries will look perfectly patriotic but for occasions in the future, try other fresh fruits instead.
Patriotic Frozen Delight
- 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
- ⅓ c. fresh lemon juice
- 2 tsp. grated lemon peel
- 2 c. vanilla yogurt
- 2 c. miniature marshmallows
- ½ c. chopped pecans
- 1 c. sliced fresh strawberries
- 1 c. fresh blueberries
- In a bowl, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, lemon peel, and yogurt. Stir in marshmallows and pecans.
- Spread half of the mixture in an ungreased 8 x 8-inch square dish. Sprinkle with half of the strawberries and blueberries. Cover with the remaining yogurt mixture; top with remaining berries.
- Cover and freeze. Remove from freezer 15 to 20 minutes before serving.