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RECIPE WEDNESDAY: Recipes tips from the past – this is why grandma’s cooking was so good

cooking past“When making raisin pie, a little lemon juice or vinegar added will improve the flavor.”

“Add fresh grated coconut to vanilla ice cream and serve with rich chocolate sauce. This will not be found in any reducing diet. But it tastes like more.”

“Half a small jar of jam or jelly folded in a cup of cream whipped stiff will turn out a nice topping for puddings.”

“When making a lemon pie, instead of grating the lemon rind, boil the rind in the water before adding the sugar. The flavor is just as good and it saves time.”

“To make a roast, chicken or turkey tender, place 2 eight penny new nails in the roaster, as you put on the roast. It makes them cook twice as quick. Always use new nails each time.”

More interesting and sometimes humorous solutions and old recipes can be found in the book VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past Now in paperback, makes a great gift!


Vinegar of the Four Thieves: Recipes & Curious Tips from the Past

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey



  1. Michael Stallings

    i’ll try the nail idea next time

  2. Melissa Lowman

    Aren’t nails now coated in chemicals?

    1. Some nails are coated. They are labeled as “coated” nails. The purpose of the coating is to improve holding power to keep them from working out over time.

    2. Alabama Pioneers

      They probably are today. I’m not sure how safe this idea is.

  3. Delbert Young

    Grandmas are good cooks. Mine was!

  4. Gene Hocutt

    Grandmas of yesteryear spent all day in the kitchen. Not the same as today’s “just add water and heat in the microwave.”

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