Pineapple Graham Cracker Cake

I lost a recipe for the cake that was made with crushed graham cracker crumbs instead of flour and it had a pineapple topping. It may have been called Pineapple graham cracker cake or something along those lines. 


Do you have some suggestions for Taniesha?

From The Hillbilly Housewife

I have a recipe for a pineapple pie in a graham cracker crust. I’m not sure if that’s close to what you’re looking for since it’s not a cake, but it is very tasty.

Pineapple Pie
  • 2 graham cracker pie crusts
  • 1 (16 ounce) containers whipped topping
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 (20 ounce) cans crushed pineapple
  1. Combine the cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl. Fold in the whipped topping.
  2. Drain the pineapple really well. Discard the juice and fold the pineapple bits into the cream cheese mixture.
  3. Pour the filling into the prepared graham cracker crusts and refrigerate for two hours before serving. Top with crushed pecans, almond slivers or more crushed pineapple.


Pineapple Graham Cracker Pie


Pan-Fried Mushrooms With Garlic

Here’s an “I’m Looking For Request” I received via a comment on a different post. I’m slightly editing to make it easier to read.

I am looking for a  but I don’t think I will ever find.  It is a mushroom recipe that I always ate in the Frankfurt Train Station on my way home from work. They cooked them in a huge skillet. I know it had onions and mushrooms and maybe garlic but that is all that I know. 

– Patricia


From The Hillbilly Housewife

I remember the mushrooms you’re talking about. As far as I remember, I haven’t had them with onion though. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten them in Frankfurt, but they are a “fast food” and festival food favorite. I’m sure each stand has their own recipe, but the one below should be a good start (and it’s very tasty).

Adding onions to this would be easy. I would slice them thinly and start the cooking in the butter before adding the mushrooms. I think the other key to making this super tasty is to use small button mushrooms.

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Garlic Mushrooms with Parsley
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¾ pound small white button mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  1. Clean your mushrooms, cut them in half and set them aside. Chop the garlic and parsley finely.
  2. Melt the butter in a pan over low heat. Add the garlic, salt and pepper and cook it for about a minute. Once you start smelling the garlic, toss the mushrooms in the skillet and toss them around. Cook them until done - about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.


Yummy garlic mushrooms with fresh parsley. You've gotta try this. So easy and tasty.

Tater Cakes Recipe

My husband has been talking about what he calls a tater cake – not made with mashed potatoes more like hash browns and onion among other things – Does anybody have a really tasty recipe? Thanks!


From the Hillbilly Housewife:

It sounds like you’re looking for a potato cake recipe.  It uses grated potatoes, onion, flour and egg. Here’s the recipe I use. I just add a little grated or chopped onion.

Potato Pancakes.

If anyone is looking for a recipe made with leftover mashed potatoes, we call those Doodle Bugs.

Plate of potato cakes or tater cake.

Floating Islands (Floats) Recipe

I have been looking for a recipe that my grandmother used to make. She just called it Float. I know it takes milk and eggs and sugar. Beyond that, I am just lost. I asked her once for the recipe and she said she really didn’t have one. I tried her directions and it was okay, but it sure wasn’t my grandmother’s Float. Can anyone help me?

Zola Sherman


From The Hillbilly Housewife 

I did a little research and the only thing I can come up with is something called Floating Islands. It’s an old french dessert that consists of a meringue floating (or swimming) in a vanilla sauce.

Floating Islands
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup white sugar, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Separate two of the eggs and put the yolks together with the whole egg, ¼ cup of sugar, and the salt into a double boiler. Whisk until smooth, then whisk in the milk. Stirring constantly, cook the egg and sugar mixture over simmering water until it starts to thicken. Remove it from the heat and add the vanilla extract. Allow it to cook, then move it into the fridge.
  2. Again using a double boiler, whisk the egg whites and remaining sugar. Heat the mixture over simmering water until the eggs start to get hot. Remove the bowl from the heat and beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.
  3. Pour the chilled custard into bowls and top with spoonfuls of the meringue. Chill before serving.


A simple dessert made with milk, eggs and sugar

Old Fashioned Blueberry Buckle

I’m looking for a blueberry buckle recipe from twenty five years ago. I remember that it had a topping on it like a crumb mixture as for a pie.

– Thalia


From The Hillbilly Housewife

Buckles are a favorite around here. They are the cousins of coffee cakes and the blueberry kind is my very favorite. Blueberries are already in season around here and I can’t wait to bake up one of these. It’s best made with fresh blueberries, but in a pinch you can also use frozen. I completely thaw my frozen berries and then set them to drain any liquid really well before adding them to the cake batter.

Here’s my favorite blueberry buckle recipe. It may sound complicated, but really isn’t. A buckle comes in 3 parts. The cake batter, the fresh fruit and then the crumb topping. But don’t worry… it goes together much quicker than it sounds and the end result is absolutely delicious.

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Blueberry Buckle Recipe
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups self rising flour
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup butter
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Grease an 8x8 pan.
  3. Cream the sugar, shortening and egg together in a medium sized bowl.
  4. Slowly add the flour and milk, alternating the two. Pour this cake batter into the greased pan.
  5. Sprinkle the blueberries on top.
  6. Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl to make the streusel topping. I mix it with my finger tips, but you could also use a fork. You are looking for a crumbly topping. Sprinkle it over the cake.
  7. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.


Slice of blueberry buckle with some fresh berries

Cooked Dressing for Potato Salad

I’m looking for a recipe for boiled dressing. My grandmother wrote it down for me and I lost it! She used it on potato salad.

Lynda Smith


From The Hillbilly Housewife

Here’s my recipe for a simple boiled dressing. It calls for 1/2 cup of sugar which gives me a nice balance. If you like your potato salad sweet, you may want to add more. And of course if it turns out too sweet for you, reduce the amount of sugar next time. More mayonnaise will also tone down the sweetness and give you a more tart and creamy dressing.


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Old Fashioned Cooked Dressing
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 2 tbsp of flour
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 4 tbsp of mayonnaise
  1. Beat two eggs in saucepan.
  2. Blend sugar and flour together before adding to eggs.
  3. Pour in water and vinegar.
  4. Cook over heat until thick.
  5. Add butter.
  6. Allow the dressing to cool, then add the mayonnaise.

Do you have a family recipe for boiled dressing you’d like to share? Please leave it in the comments below.

A boiled dressing with eggs, flour, sugar and vinegar to dress potato salad.

How To Make A Mustard Plaster

I live with my sister in law and my brother They live on the dairy, and work on the dairy. My sister in law has really really bad congestion in her chest, she also is a smoker. She had made a comment on how she , wished, she knew the home remedy for a mustard pack. So there it is, can you help me help her please.



From the Hillbilly Housewife 

I think you’re talking about a mustard plaster. It’s an old family remedy around here that works great for coughs and colds. Here’s how I make it.

Mix 4 tbsp of flour with 2 tbsp of dry mustard. Add just enough hot water to make a smooth but thick paste.

Spread the mustard paste on a tea towel and fold it in half. Lay the towel with the mustard paste on the inside on the person’s chest and cover with another towel and then a blanket. I use the second towel to make sure none of the paste makes it on the blanket. The towels are much easier to wash than blankets.

Make sure the paste is on the inside of the first towel and doesn’t touch the skin. You also want to keep an eye on the plaster. It will be warm and redden the skin a bit, but should not burn. If it gets uncomfortably hot, remove the plaster and take a warm shower to rinse off any remaining mustard paste.

I’m sure HBHW readers have plenty of more tips for you when it comes to mustard packs. If you have one to share, please leave it as a comment below.

Grinding Mustard Powder

Yum Yum Cookies

I am looking for a bar cookie recipe called yum-yums. The main ingredients included brown sugar, egg, vanilla, flour and walnuts. After it cooks, a mixture of cream and powdered sugar is spread over the cooked recipe and then is covered in coconut. Lost this time honored recipe.

Can anyone help?



Do you have a suggestion or recipe for Gail? Please share it in the comments below.

From the Hillbilly Housewife 

I found some cookie bars that are also called Yum Yum Cookie Bars. Not sure if this is similar to the one you’re looking for. Maybe HBHW readers have some other suggestions for you. Either way, these are very yummy and definitely worth making.

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Yum Yum Cookies
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 3 eggs
  • Yellow cake mix
  • 1 pkg. cream cheese
  • 6 oz. chocolate chips
  • 1 pkg. coconut
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Mix 1 stick butter 1 egg and cake mix together and press into pan.
  2. Mix together cream cheese, 1 stick butter, chocolate chips, coconut, powdered sugar, 2 eggs and vanilla.
  3. Pour on top and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  4. Let cool then cut into squares.

Cookie Bars with coconut and chocolate chips

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). Cheryl

  From The Hillbilly Housewife 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.


From The Hillbilly Housewife 

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.