Category Archives: Recipe

Blackberry Cobbler

My friend, Patti, (yes, there’s another one–spelled the same!) and I were discussing blackberries recently, and she requested this recipe. Since hubby and I skipped town today, and I still need to write a blog post, I thought this would get me off the hook suffice. 

Buttery-flavor non-stick cooking spray
4 cups blackberries
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup Bob’s Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup Splenda baking mix
1/4 c. Egg Beaters or other egg substitute
6 Tablespoons Smart Balance buttery spread, melted

Preheat oven–375 F/191C

Spray 8″ square baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Put blackberries in prepared dish and sprinkle with lemon juice.

Stir together flour, Splenda baking mix and egg substitute in another bowl until crumbly. Sprinkle over blackberries, and drizzle melted Smart Balance over the topping.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until topping begins to brown and fruit is bubbly.

I prefer pouring milk over it in a serving bowl and eating it while warm, but you could serve it with ice cream or other topping of your choice.  


Wandered Into the Kitchen Again



I started cleaning my sewing room Monday, and intended to work in there again today. However, I found these raspberries languishing in the refrigerator and decided to add purpose to their short lifespan. Do I know how to procrastinate, or what? 

Raspberry and Chocolate Muffins

1 egg or 1/4 c. egg substitute
1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. canola oil
1 c. whole wheat pastry flour
1 c. unbleached white flour
1/2 c. sugar or 1/4 c. Splenda baking mix
2 tsps. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. fresh raspberries
Semi-sweet chocolate chips 

melted butter
1/3 c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

Heat oven to 400(F). Coat bottom of 12 standard muffin cups with nonstick spray. 
Beat egg; stir in milk and oil. Mix in dry ingredients just until flour is moistened. (Batter should be lumpy). Fold in raspberries and a small handful of chocolate chips. 
Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from pan and cool on rack.  
To prepare topping, melt butter or substitute of your choice in one small bowl; combine sugar and cinnamon in another. Dip cooled muffins into melted butter, then into sugar/cinnamon mixture. Enjoy! 

Lowney’s Cook Book 1912

Judith, a new blog friend, recently posted a picture and wrote a bit about an 1894 cookbook that came into her possession. It stirred the memory of one I have tucked away that belonged to my husband’s grandmother, published in 1912, and I thought, “What a great idea for a blog post!” 

Opening Lowney’s Cook Book to the title page, it says it is
                          “ILLUSTRATED IN COLORS.”

Below that it is defined as:


I don’t know about you, but when I pondered “ambitious providers,” I sure was glad it’s almost a century later, and things have changed tremendously in our country in regard to the acquisition of food.  

The next item to catch my eye was “How to care for the Refrigerator.” It says to select a large refrigerator, I’m ok with that; simple construction and of hardwood, um, I don’t recall seeing anything like that in Sears–or any appliance store, for that matter; lined with zinc or marble and shelves of slate or hardwood. Marble? Yes, marble. Inside the refrigerator. The hardwood refrigerator.

Interesting note in the Marketing section when buying poultry:
“Birds are sold with the feathers on, but have the market man remove them.”

Then it was on to the recipes, or “receipts” as per the book.

Irish moss

Irish Moss Image via Wikipedia

Many of the pages bore splatters similar to my cookbooks, but none so much as the dessert section, of which several loose pages had been tucked neatly back inside. I noticed several recipes called for Irish Moss. Moss? Wondering if this was still in use today, I resorted to my friend Google. I learned it is a type of seaweed, from which we get carrageenan. It was used in custards and desserts of that type for its gelatinous properties. 

By the time I got to the Calf’s Foot Jelly, and looked up ‘rennet’ listed in another recipe, I’d lost my appetite for this cookbook!

The glossary in the back defined mayonnaise as “salad sauce.” I found that definition humorous and can’t wait to try it out on someone. 

And finally, the back cover states, “Pure food should be insisted on, it goes further, nourishes more, and saves doctors’ bills.” At least that is still true today.

I think I’ll stop by my favorite grocery store and give my “market man” a hug!