Rice Cake Recipe

I would love to find a copy of the Rice Cake (or Rice Pancake) recipe from The Detroit Times Cookbook (circa 1933-1936).



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While I’m not familiar with that particular recipe, but I have a delicious rice pancake one. Let me know if that’s similar to the one you’re looking for or not.

I’d also like to put out a call to HBHW readers. Any thoughts on what recipe this could be? If you’re from the Detroit area, or familiar with the cookbook, any insights you could provide or recipes you can share would be very welcome. Just share them in the comments below.

Pancakes made with rice.

Pancakes made with rice.

Chinese Fried Chicken Wing Recipe

I’m looking for a recipe for chinese fried chicken wings. I know they must do something to them before they fry them. I’ve tried just frying plain wings and the flavor is just not there. Not looking for a coated fried wing like one local place has. Maybe I’m using the wrong oil, but my deep fried wings NEVER taste like take out.


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I did a little bit of research and there are two schools of thought. One marinates the wings, the other doesn’t. If the wings you’re looking for don’t have much of any flavor other than yummy, crispy chicken flavor, try coating them very lightly in cornstarch and then frying them in peanut oil. I think the peanut oil is the key.

If you’re looking for something with a little more flavor, try the recipe below. It’s our personal favorite.

Chinese Fried Chicken Wings
  • 24 chicken wings
  • ¾ cup soy sauce
  • ¾ cup dry sherry
  • 1½ teaspoons ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 6 cups peanut oil
  1. Combine the soy sauce, sherry, ginger, garlic and honey and pour it over the wings. Allow them to marinate in the fridge overnight.
  2. Drain them and fry in hot peanut oil (about 360F) until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.


Recipe for chinese fried wings.

Does anyone else have a recipe they’d like to share? Just leave a comment below.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Gravy

The recipe I am looking for was a chocolate gravy my grandmother used to make in a skillet on top of the  stove. I know it had cocoa and sugar in  it and it tasted like warm chocolate pudding. It was made kind of like a milk gravy.

Thank you,


From The Hillbilly Housewife 

I haven’t made this in quite a while, but found this recipe scribbled down on a piece of scrap paper tucked into one of my cookbooks. It sounds like the gravy you’re looking for.

I’m sure there are other recipes as well. If you have one to share, please leave it as a comment below.

Chocolate Gravy Recipe
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  1. Mix the cocoa, flour and sugar together until all dry ingredients are well mixed.
  2. Pour the cold milk into the flour mixture and whisk it well. You don't want any lumps.
  3. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and heat over medium high until it start to thicken. You want to stir frequently to keep your gravy from lumping up on you.
  4. Remove it from the heat and add the butter and vanilla. Stir until the butter is melted and everything is well incorporated.
  5. Serve immediately over hot biscuits, pancakes or waffles.


A bowl of old fashioned chocolate gravy. Whip up a batch and serve it over hot biscuits.

Pineapple Cookie Recipe

I am looking for a recipe for pineapple cookies my mom use to make. They were soft and had bits of pineapple in them, so delicious.

Since her and my grandma are now in a better place, I can’t find anyone that knows how to make them.

Please help if you can.

Thanks, Rene

Do you have a recipe for pineapple cookies? Share it as a comment below.

From the Hillbilly Housewife.

I did some digging and a friend of mine has a recipe that sounds like it would fit the bill. Take a look below. I’m sure HBHW readers have some amazing recipes to share as well.

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Soft Pineapple Cookies
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Cream shortening and the sugars.
  3. Add egg and pineapple.
  4. Stir in vanilla.
  5. Sift flour, then measure it.
  6. To the flour, add salt, soda, and baking powder.
  7. Add dry mixture to the wet mixture.
  8. Drop by rounded tsps.
  9. onto a lightly greased baking sheet.
  10. Bake 10-12 minutes.


Recipes for soft pineapple cookies


Cabbage and Beef Stuffed Rolls

I’m looking for a recipe for some baked rolls that contained a ground beef and cabbage filling inside a lovely, soft yeast roll. If I recall correctly, the name looked/sounded German (and my mom’s family is originally from Germany), but I can’t recall what the name of it was.
Hope you or other readers can help me out!


–Amy H.

From The Hillbilly Housewife

I’ve eaten these rolls a few times but have never made them myself. The funny thing is that even though I’m from Germany, I never came across these over there, but have eaten them here in the US. I looked around for some recipes and they are known by several different names including cabbage and beef stuffed rolls, stuffed bread rolls, bierocks, german meat turnovers and runza.

All recipes I’ve seen are fairly similar. You start with some frozen or pre-made bread dough, cook some ground beef, cabbage (sometimes with onion and garlic) and fill them turnover style. Some recipes also call for cheese to be added when filling the rolls. Here’s a quick writeup of the recipe.

German Meat Turnovers
  • 1 package frozen white bread dough
  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium head cabbage, shredded
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • vegetable oil
  1. Thaw out the bread dough, or make a batch of your own.
  2. Roll it out and cut it into squares.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  4. Brown the ground beef and season with salt and pepper.Add the cabbage and onion and continue cooking until the veggies are soft.
  5. Place a spoon full of the mixture on each dough square. Fold it over and pinch the sides closed.
  6. Brush each bun with a little oil and place it on a baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until the bread is golden brown.


You can fold over the bread squares and bake them turnover style, or fold up the corners and round them off to make more of a traditional roll with a meat filled center.

If you have a different recipe for Amy to try, please share it in the comments below

Meat rolls filled with a mixture of ground beef, onion and cabbage

Pinto Bean Chili Recipe

I’m looking for a recipe for a pinto bean chili (with or without beef) with the flavor of a canned chili, or something like the chili sold at Steak N Shake. Thanks!


From the Hillbilly Housewife:

I found a copy cat Steak N Shake chili recipe. It’s made with kidney beans instead of pintos but I think it’s worth trying. You can easily replace the types of beans you use and even leave out the meat. I think the key is the addition of cola. It will give it that nice sweet taste you find in both a canned chili and this copy cat version.

Copycat Steak N Shake Chili Recipe
  • 2 lbs Ground Beef
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Onion Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Cumin
  • ½ Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 Teaspoons Cocoa
  • 2 13.5oz Cans Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 6oz Can Tomato Paste
  • 1 13.5oz Can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Cup of Cola
  1. Start by cooking the ground beef in a pan on the stove. Cook it until it's nicely browned, then drain it and put it in a blow. Add all remaining ingredients, except the beans.
  2. Use an immersion blender to blend everything together. If you don't have an immersion blender, you can also run it through your blender in batches as needed.
  3. Pour this puree into your crockpot. Add he beans and cook on low for 6 hours before serving.

 Do you have a recipe for Ali to try? Please share it in the comments below. Thank you! 

Copy Cat Chili Recipe


Celery Cashew in Cream Sauce

My mother-in-law who was from Iowa made this dish for it was one of my favorites. If anyone has a recipe for this please share.

Thank you

From the Hillbilly Housewife

I did some searching online, but didn’t find anything exactly like the recipe you’re looking for. I did fine something interesting that combined toasted cashews, celery and garlic. I played with it a little and it made a very tasty side dish.

Cashews and Celery
Recipe type: Side Dish
  • ½ cup cashews
  • 5 stalks of celery
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • minced garlic (one clove)
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • Salt to taste
  1. Chop the celery into small chunks. You don't want them too big or it will take quite a while for them to cook down.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium high heat and toast the cashew nuts for a few minutes. Make sure you're constantly moving them around so they don't burn.
  3. Add the paprika and if you'd like a little salt and move them into a bowl.
  4. Heat the olive oil in the same skilled and cook the garlic until it starts to become fragrant. Add the chopped celery, cover the pan and simmer the mixture for 10 minutes or until the celery starts to soften quite a bit. Return the nuts to the pot and heat everything through.


Apple Plum Microwave Butter

I’m looking fora a recipe for apple plum butter that’s made in the microwave. It has red plums and a tart apple variety .I believe it also has butter and vanilla as part of the ingredients. I liked making it in the microwave because it made it easier to fix. Does any one have this type of recipe?

Thank you.

From The Hillbilly Housewife

I’m not gonna be much help here. I’ve made apple butter in the crockpot, but never anything like it in the microwave. I’m hoping there are some HBHW readers out there with a recipe for you. If you have a recipe to share, please leave a comment below.

Baskets of Apples and Plums

Homemade Buttermilk Waffle Recipe

I’m looking for a good waffle recipe that uses buttermilk and maybe oil. I have several , but no really good recipe. Any tips for making great homemade waffles would also be appreciated.

Oh, and if you have a yeast waffle recipe, I’d be interested in that as well.


From The Hillbilly Housewife

Here’s the recipe I’ve been using. I find that the biggest difference is in what type of waffle iron you use and to make sure you let it preheat long enough before each waffle you make.

Homemade Buttermilk Waffle Recipe
Cuisine: Breakfast
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  1. Start by melting the butter. I do this by putting it into a small bowl and microwaving it in 10 to 15 second intervals until it is melted.
  2. Crack the eggs into another small bowl and beat them until they are well mixed.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl and give it a good stir to get everything mixed together. Pour the wet ingredients in and whisk everything together into a pourable batter.
  4. Following your waffle iron's instructions, pour the batter into a hot and oiled waffle iron and cook them until the waffles are golden brown and crispy.



Serve with butter and sirup or just sprinkle some powdered sugar on them. Add some milk and fresh juice for a complete breakfast.

I’m sure there’s some other great tried and true family recipes out there. If you have one to share with Carolyn (and the rest of us of course), share it in a comment below.

Old Kentucky Nut Cake

I would like the recipe for Old Kentucky Nut Cake. The recipe appeared in at Better Homes and Garden cookbook that my Mother had. The Cookbook would have been published in the 40’s or 50’s. If some has the recipe I would be grateful. Also if I could find a copy of the cookbook, that would be terrific. Good recipe, wonderful memories. Thanks

From the Hillbilly Housewife:

I’m not sure if this is the recipe you’re looking for, but this is what I found in one of my handwritten cookbooks. It was handed down from a great aunt.

Old Fashioned Walnut Cake
Recipe type: Cake
  • ⅔ cup shortening
  • ⅔ cup white sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2⅔ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1⅓ cups chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  3. Cream shortening and sugar together until you have a fluffy mixture. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  4. Combine milk and vanilla, and add alternately with the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Mix well after each addition. Fold in nuts last.
  5. Pour the batter into a greased bundt pan. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes. I use the toothpick test to check for doneness. Cool on a wire rack.

I like this cake just plain or with a light dusting of powdered sugar. Occasionally I’ll make it as a birthday cake and will frost it with chocolate or vanilla frosting and add some more walnuts to the top.

Does anyone else have a different recipe to share?

Walnut Cake With Powdered Sugar

Breakfast Ideas To Go For Kids

I’m looking for some ideas for breakfast on the go for the kids. Last year they grabbed a granola bar on their way out the door. This year I’d like to be a little more prepared with homemade stuff. Do you have any ideas for what I could make ahead of time?

From The Hillbilly Housewife

The first thing that comes to mind is muffins. You can bake a whole bunch of them and freeze them. I have quite a few freezer muffin recipes for you to try here. They can be sweet like this Peanut Butter Muffin or savory like this Ham and Cheese Muffin.

Any other good ideas HBHW readers? Share them as a comment below please.

Homemade Muffins

Ginger Cream Bars

My mother made these over 50 years ago (and unfortunately I lost the recipe).

It is a very heavy, moist ginger flavored cake/bar which she would frost with a cream frosting.

From the Hillbilly Housewife:

I have a ginger bread cake recipe that sounds similar to what you’re looking for. I don’t usually frost it though. If I’m taking it out for company, I sprinkle some powdered sugar on top, but to be honest, I prefer it plain. You could easily top it with a simple frosting though.

I’m sure there are plenty other good recipes out there and our readers will share some of their favorites with you as a comment below.

Gingerbread Cake


Super Simple Recipes With Few Ingredients

Unfortunately, I was not allowed in the kitchen growing up to help because everything that I touched became a complete catastrophe. So now, as an adult, I simply am clueless as to what to do with a chicken breast or any meat for that matter. Recipe books call for so many ingredients that I spend $30 + on one recipe and end up throwing away the rest of the ingredients because I don’t know what to do with them. Can you please lend some simple, easy recipes on what to do with meat or veggies. Thanks!

From the Hillbilly Housewife

Chicken and RiceThere are lots and lots of recipes that don’t use a bunch of fancy ingredients. I’m sure HBHW readers will jump in and share some of their favorites. Here’s one of mine to get you started.

By some boneless, skinless chicken breast or chicken tenders along with a bottle of Italian salad dressing. Put the chicken in a baking dish and p0ur some of the dressing over the chicken. Bake at 425 F for about 45 minutes to an hour (depending on how thick your chicken breast is, you want to make sure it is done all the way. Cut into one and if it’s not done, put it back in the oven for a bit).

I serve this with white rice and a salad (you can use more of the dressing on your salad) for a quick and healthy meal.

You may also want to take a look at a Kindle cookbook my friend Tracy just came out with. All the recipes are simple and can be put together in under half an hour. It’s called Cooking from the Pantry.

Manhattan (Roast Beef and Gravy) Sandwich Recipe

I would love to have a good recipe for what in my neck of the woods growing up was called a Manhattan, when you went out to eat and ordered it. It’s roast beef with brown gravy & Mashed Potatoes.

They would put it on sandwich bread, layer the sliced beef on top of it then top with another piece of bread and pour gravy over the top, slice in half and then they would put a big scoop of Mashed Potatoes in the center of it and pour gravy over all of it.

I can say, this is my favorite thing to eat and would love to have a good recipe so I can make this at home. Thanks for any help.

From the Hillbilly Housewife:

This sounds like the perfect recipe for leftovers when you’re making a roast and mashed potatoes for dinner. The key would be to get the beef sliced thin enough to work well for sandwiches. Homemade mashed potatoes made from real potatoes, butter and cream or milk would be great as well.

I’m sure HBHW readers will have some great recipes to share. Got a favorite roast beef recipe? A tip for making perfect beef gravy? Please comment below.

Sliced Roast Beef

Idaho Raisin Chess Pie

This recipe was in a little booklet of “chuck wagon” recipes 40 odd years ago.My whole family loved it. I know it had raisins and pineapple,but from there I’m lost. Thanks for any help you can give.