Category Archives: Helen’s Kitchen

My mother’s recipes and favorites. The foods she made that I remember so well. She is the reason for these posting, my obsession. She truly could make anything in the kitchen. I have memories of her cooking on a wood stove – go ahead give that one a try! And how she managed to work with only one oven!

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie.  All my childhood memories of Pumpkin Pie are from Thanksgiving. My Mom loved to bake.  Today, that is easy to say, I mean I have the help of my Kitchenaid mixer, my Breadmaker which I use mostly to … Continue reading

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Ground Beef or Lamb and Parmesan Ravioli

Ingredients: ½ lb Ground Beef or Lamb 3 oz Parmesan Cheese ¼ Onion finely minced 2 – 3 cloves Garlic minced 1 Egg Fresh Oregano Fresh Parsley Fresh Mint (great if you are using lamb) Fresh grated ginger Chop and … Continue reading

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Mom’s White Bread

MOTHER’S BEST HOMEMADE WHITE BREAD 5 Cups scalded milk (or 5 Cups warm water with 25 Tablespoons instant dry milk–then you don’t need to scald it) 6 Tablespoons sugar 1 Tablespoon yeast 1/2 Cup warm water 6 Tablespoons shortening, melted … Continue reading

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Zucchini Bread

3 eggs well beaten 1 1/2 cups sugar 3 tsp vanilla 1 cup oil 2 cups shredded zucchini 3 cups all purpose flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 3 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp baking soda 1 cup chopped … Continue reading

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Rustic Peach Tart

So what could my mom do with her canned peaches? Everything or nothing, they were always great.  This tart is equally good with tart apples, pears, plums, or berries, apricots or yes – peaches.  Even combining fruits would be great.   The … Continue reading

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Chewy Popcorn Balls

In preparation for Halloween night, my mom would gather us and we would make popcorn balls to hand out for goodies. 1 cup sugar 1 cup light corn syrup (or 1 cup maple syrup) 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 … Continue reading

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Aunt Nett’s Shrimp and Potato Salad

Ingredients: 10 large potatoes 2 cups mayonnaise (Do NOT use fat free or low fat) 1 (6 ounce) can shrimp, drained well and flaked (you can also use thawed frozen shrimp or freshly boil shrimp) 2 celery ribs, minced fine … Continue reading

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Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings Ingredients: 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth 4 cups water 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds) 1 1/2 T. olive oil 2 stalks celery, chopped 2 large carrots, chopped 1 onion, chopped 1 1/2 tsp. table … Continue reading

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Divinity – Light and Fluffy

Wait until my sisters read this, it is bound to bring back memories for them.  Since there were 9 kids, and little money, much of our Christmas was baked, crafted and home sewn.   I remember one year mom was particularly stressed not to have enough … Continue reading

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My mom made gravy.  Gravy with fried chicken especially.  Once the chicken was done, mom would add 1/4 cup flour to the oil in the frying pan.  Stir the flour in the grease until it is brown.  It will brown nicely, … Continue reading

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