As Mama would say, “The pots are always jingling at our house.” I do enjoy cooking, mainly because my husband and I enjoy eating good meals. But I must tell you,  I like trying out new recipes. In my stories, I always have a character or two who know how to make their pots jingle like Mama’s. So I’m frequently trying out new recipes that Hattie or Lilah or Lita would serve at their tables.  You can find those recipes here along with those from our family table. Some of these are so good they’ll make you slap your grandma (but not too hard).

Naan’s in the Skillet

I never met a bread I didn’t like – crusty, soft, chewy, yeasty, flat, or a fluffy biscuit—I welcome them all to my plate, especially if they bring a pat of butter or a slice of cheese with them. I was introduced to Naan bread by an Indian friend, and I’ve been a fan ever…

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2 sticks butter 1/2 cup Crisco 2 3/4 cups sugar 3 1/3 cups plain flour ( I use White Lily.) 5 eggs, room temperature 1 cup milk 1 teaspoon flavoring of your choice (vanilla, almond, coconut, lemon, rum, etc.) Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Cream the butter, Crisco and sugar together until fluffy.  Add…

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Grancie’s Iced Pumpkin Cookies

  Grancie’s Iced Pumpkin Cookies This morsel of goodness is a soft and moist cookie that begs for a cup of tea on a fall afternoon. Or really any time. A couple of these in a snack bag make delicious Halloween treats too. Oh, and they smell so good! Cookie Ingredients • 2 cups sugar…

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Coconut-Lemon Cake

Keep this yummy cake refrigerated, and the longer it stays in the frig, the better it is. The problem is that it doesn’t seem to last very long.

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Cold Christmas Cake

Lita, the cook in CHRISTMAS AT GREY SAGE, was of Hopi Indian descent. This was an ancestral recipe for Christmas cake. Lucky for us, we don’t have to do what the Indians did – make the cake with more primitive ingredients, wrap it in leaves, and cool it in the icy creek water. They were lucky if the bears didn’t get it. But this more modern version is closer to candy than cake, and oh so good!

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Native American Fry Bread

Now about this recipe – first of all, I never met a bread I didn’t like, and what could be better than fried bread? I must have gained three pounds trying out recipes until I had THE one. At our house, I’m still making this recipe. It’s great with a bowl of hot soup or stew. And my husband always saves a piece or two for his honey and peanut butter to finish off his meal. WARNING: This is addictive.

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