Kitchen Nostalgia

Home cooking with a side of nostalgia.

Crazy Dough Focaccia

In the last post I told you the story about Crazy Dough, now is the time to show you what you can do with it. The easiest thing is to make is focaccia, a flat Italian bread. Just take a piece of Crazy dough, shape it into irregular focaccia shape, drizzle with some olive oil and sprinkle with rosemary and sea salt. You can add some olives, thinly sliced onion, cheese, ham, anchovies, vegetables – whatever you like. Bake for 20 minutes and you will get a tasty focaccia with no trouble at all!...more

Crazy Dough for Everything

My mother got this recipe for Crazy Dough from her friend over 20 years ago. At the time it was called “Universal Dough”, but now it is often referred to as “Crazy Dough”. This friend was so thrilled with the recipe because it was very simple to make and you could use it for almost anything you wanted....more

Filipino Egg Pie

Filipino Egg Pie is a classic Filipino dessert resembling an Egg Custard Pie or a Greek Egg Custard Pie. You could say it is a distant cousin of Magic Cake. The pie consists of a pie shell filled with custard filling made of eggs yolks beaten with evaporated milk, sugar, vanilla and lemon juice. At the end whipped egg whites are folded in. The pie is baked until filling is firm and the top is golden. You can make your own homemade pie crust or buy a ready made one at your local grocery store to make it even more simple....more

Civil War Macaroni and Cheese

Old Fashioned recipe for homemade Macaroni and Cheese comes from 1861 Civil War recipes cookbook “Civil War Recipes: Receipts from the Pages of Godey’s Lady’s Book“. The most unusual thing about this recipe is that macaroni are cooked in milk. I haven’t tried that before, but I can tell you that it is a very good idea. The pasta soaks milk flavor while cooking and you don’t need to make sauce separately. And it is all done in one pot....more

Amish Potato Salad

Amish Potato Salad goes with practically anything, from picnics to lunch to dinner! This good old-fashioned deli salad combines cooked potatoes with creamy yellow sweet and sour dressing enriched with hard boiled eggs, sour cream and mustard. What’s different about Amish Potato Salad is that it is much sweeter than regular potato salad, but you can adjust the amount of sugar to your liking. You’ll be surprised how simple it is to make this recipe. Just mix all dressing ingredients in a bowl and toss over boiled potatoes. That’s it!...more

Zlevanka - Sweet Croatian Cornbread

Zlevanka is a sweet cornbread from northern Croatia. The batter is very thin and it is poured into a large baking sheet, so that it comes out thin. It can be sweet or savory. There are many different version of this dessert. Some people like to eat it served with a homemade plum jam. Nuts, fruit or spices can also be added to the mixture. Zlevanka is not only a dessert, but it can be a great healthy breakfast, accompanied with a glass of milk, or a delicious afternoon snack. Read more......more

Cheesy Potato Casserole

Cheesy Potato Casserole is comfort food at its finest. Serve it for breakfast, brunch, weeknight dinner or fancy party – it will always be a crowd pleaser. This classic French dish (potatoes “au gratin”) combines creamy cheese sauce, smokey bacon and tender potatoes. Crispy on top and soft in the middle, it makes a deliciously addictive experience. Experiment with different kinds of cheeses for variety. Or top with bread crumbs or corn flakes for additional crunch. You can’t go wrong with creamy and bubbly Cheesy Potato Casserole....more

Swiss Icebox Cookies

I fell in love with Swiss Icebox Cookies a few years ago. When my cousin gave me the recipe (thanks D) I didn’t expect much, because it seemed they were made of familiar ingredients. But when I tried them, soon I found out they were terribly addictive – I just couldn’t stop eating them. Slice-and-bake icebox cookies (or refrigerator cookies) are very practical. You can prepare them ahead of time and keep them in your freezer. Then you can just pull-out when you need them, and bake straight from the freezer. This comes especially handy in holiday season or when preparing for a large party....more

Moist White Fruitcake

This Moist White Fruitcake was served at my Easter table last Sunday. For years I’ve been trying to make a replica of a cake that I used to buy in the shop, but up to now without much success. This is closest that I managed to come. The cake is perfectly moist and flavorful, yet without spices of a traditional Christmas fruitcake. Rum and vanilla are dominant flavors. Try it and you won’t be disappointed! Read more......more

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

I went through several recipes for Lemon Crinkle Cookies from scratch (without cake mix). I’ve never made crinkle cookies before, so it was not easy to decide which recipe to try. In the end I decided to play it safe and try the award winning recipe from LDS Magazine. The winner of best cookie recipe was the Lemon Crinkle Cookie by Lauren Brennan from Lauren’s Latest. The cookies turned out fine, but if I make it again next time, I would add a little bit more baking powder (or baking soda) to get more crinkles....more