Posted by: reneewildes1 | July 31, 2012


People cook with what’s around them–local items are always cheaper/fresher and if you’re like me you work on a budget. I live in the Midwest, in central Wisconsin. The original dairy state, farm country. Real butter and cheese. Potatoes. Cranberries. We cook with grandma’s recipes, scaled down to “modern” proportions, since we’re no longer likely to be feeding a dozen hands before 4 AM! I’ve got two from Grandma’s cookbook we use on a special occasion/gathering. Nothing beats down-home cooking.

ROGUE REFORMATION (CHEESY POTATOES) – The Ultimate Comfort Food For Heating Up A Cold WI Winter Night!
(The easy version – since NO ONE wants to sit there w/a pile of potatoes, a hunk of cheese & a cheese grater…)
1 lb frozen shredded hashbrowns (thawed)
1/2 tsp onion salt
1/2 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup REAL sour cream
1/4 cup REAL butter (regular/salted, not “sweet”), softened
4 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
salt & pepper to taste
Preheat over to 375. Melt the butter in saucepan. Place hash browns in lightly greased 9 x 13 pan. Top w/onion salt & shredded cheese. Mix butter, chicken soup & sour cream together, pour/spread over potato/cheese. Salt & pepper as you will. Cover & bake for 45 minutes. UNCOVER & continue to bake an additional 15 minutes or until golden brown…
(P.S. For family gathering might have to double or triple recipe/pans – I can’t tell you how many it serves b/c portions are meaningless at potlucks!<LOL>)
CRANBERRY MUFFINS W/BUTTER SAUCE – sweet & tart with a decadent buttery finish…
2 cups pre-sifted flour (although if you HAVE a sifter…kids LOVE sifting flour…)
2 cups whole cranberries (Tomah, WI – home of Ocean Spray…)
1 cup (white) sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup water
3 Tbls. REAL butter (regular/salted, not “sweet”)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
Preheat oven to 350. Grease muffin pans well. Mix flour, soda & salt in mixing bowl. In a SEPARATE mixing bowl comine everything else. Then add “wet” mixture to the “dry” & stir until moist/sticky. Pour into muffin cups, fill 2/3-3/4. Bake for 30 minutes. (Says makes 16 muffins but depends on how you fill…)
BUTTER SAUCE (sheer decadence!)
1 cup (white) sugar
1/2 cup REAL butter (either works, but for this one “sweet” (unsalted) butter tastes a smidge better…)
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 tsp. REAL vanilla extract (not that fake crap – pgah!)
in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cover, reduce heat & let simmer for a few minutes. Serve warm over cut muffins.

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  1. Renee, both sound delicious. Will have to give them a try. Love the titles, especially the tart. Will use that line when serving the tarts.

    • I love cranberries, too – a friend of mine makes a killer craisin/white chocolate chip cookie. I’ll have to see if she’ll surrender the recipe so I can post. I’m also experimenting with making the cranberry muffin recipe a cranberry-ORANGE recipe, but haven’t found one successful enough to make official…YET.

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  4. Those potatoes look to die for. Would totally work with our Christmas buffet dinners. Plus anything with cranberry is yummy. That’s so cool that these are your grandmother’s recipes!

    • They’re really good — bubbly hot, creamy with just a hint of crisp. It’s just – the # of portions is always WRONG b/c people ALWAYS want more than the Tablespoon size they use to count! Have to make LOTS around here!

  5. Yummy! Will be giving those a try. I can’t imagine having to cook like my grandmothers and my aunts did. I know they got up early on the farm. Cooked and did chores. Tires me out just thinking of it. LOL.
    Sue B

  6. Potatoes! Yes, the Irish in me is really going to like these. 🙂

  7. Those potatoes sound delicious! My family would love those.

  8. MMM. both of those sound really good. I think it’s all the butter. 😉

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  10. You had me at cheesy potatoes!

    Plus anything baking related I’m all for giving a go. Nothing I love more than the smell of something sweet baking in the oven!

  11. I love the sound of the potato recipe!! I can’t wait to try them both, but I particularly adore potatoes! 🙂

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