By Gloria Pitzer, as seen in… The Joy Of NOT Cooking – Any More Than You Have To (Secret RecipesTM, St. Clair, MI; Nov. 1983, p. 182)
¼ cup oil
18-oz box yellow cake mix*
½ cup water
20-oz can fruit pie filling*
(cherry, apple, strawberry, or blueberry)
*[NOTE: You can substitute “sugar-free” or “no sugar added” products.]
Place oil in 9½x13½x2-inch cake pan, tilting pan back and forth until oil covers bottom of pan evenly. Combine cake mix with the eggs and water, using low-speed of electric mixer about 3 or 4 minutes or until batter is smooth.
Fold the pie filling into the batter [gently] with a rubber scraper, making a marbled effect. Spread batter evenly over bottom of oiled cake pan. Bake at 350°F – about 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool cake in pan on wire rack for about 15 minutes and then drizzle top of cake with 1 recipe of our “Thin Vanilla Icing”. Cool completely before cutting to serve 6 to 8.
2 oranges (freshly grate the rind and then slice for garnishing)
Separate eggs, yolks from whites, into two large mixing bowls. Add the sugar to the yolks, blending for 10 minutes [with electric hand/countertop mixer]. Beat the whites until peaks form when electric mixer is removed.
To the egg whites, fold in the pecans. To the yolk mixture, blend in bread crumbs [then] rum extract. [Then] fold in the whites mixture.
Spread evenly in a 17x11x2-inch pan. Bake at 350°F, 30-35 minutes or until “tester” inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. While still warm, spread with frosting and, on top of that, sprinkle the walnuts and orange rind. Garnish with orange slices. Refrigerate. Cut to serve 50. Leftovers freeze well!
By Gloria Pitzer, as seen in… Gloria Pitzer’s Cookbook – The Best of the Recipe Detective (Balboa Press; Jan. 2018, p. 76). [A revised reprint of Gloria Pitzer’s Better Cookery Cookbook (Secret RecipesTM, St. Clair, MI; May 1983, 3rd Edition).]
1 cup bottled apple butter
1 cup ketchup
1 cup Catalina dressing
Mix together, [ingredients, as listed]. Refrigerate in covered container up to 3 months. Makes 3 cups sauce. Recipe may be cut in half or into thirds. To add zest, stir in Tabasco or Worcestershire sauce, to taste.
By Gloria Pitzer, as seen in… Gloria Pitzer’s Cookbook – The Best of the Recipe Detective (Balboa Press; Jan. 2018, p. 92). [A revised reprint of Gloria Pitzer’s Better Cookery Cookbook (Secret RecipesTM, St. Clair, MI; May 1983, 3rd Edition).]
1 cup Coca-Cola
1 cup A-1 Steak Sauce
2 cups ketchup
¼ cup bottled Italian salad dressing
Blend until smooth, [ingredients, as listed]. Keep it refrigerated in a covered container for up to 2 weeks. Sufficient to cover about 2 ½ to 3 pounds of chicken wings.
By Gloria Pitzer, as seen in… Gloria Pitzer’s Cookbook – The Best of the Recipe Detective (Balboa Press; Jan. 2018, p. 239). [A revised reprint of Gloria Pitzer’s Better Cookery Cookbook (Secret RecipesTM, St. Clair, MI; May 1983, 3rd Edition).]
Big Boy restaurants have several good pies – this was always one of my favorites. Simple to prepare! Have a good, rich pie crust handy – I suggest my Butter Crust recipe!
2 partially baked, 9-inch, Butter Crust pie shells
¼ lb. (one stick) butter or margarine
1 lb. brown sugar
½ cup milk
1 TB vinegar
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups broken pecans
Have the Butter Crust pie shells in the oven, partially baking per the crust recipe. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Beat in brown sugar, a little at a time, using an electric mixer on medium speed until very creamy. Add milk in small amounts until completely incorporated. Beat in eggs one at a time, then vinegar and vanilla. Beat about 3 minutes on high-speed.
Remove the beaters and stir in pecans. Divide mixture equally between the 2 partially baked pie shells. Place the pie pans on a cookie sheet and bake on center rack of 350°F oven for almost an hour or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool the pies before cutting to serve. Garnish top of each serving with a dollop of whipped cream. Each pie will serve 6 to 8 nicely. If you want to cut the recipe in half, to bake just 1 pie – use 2 medium eggs, in place of the 3 eggs (above.)
By Gloria Pitzer, as seen in… Eating Out at Home (National Home News, St. Clair, MI; September 1978)
1 (20-oz) can pineapple chunks, in heavy syrup
¼ cup + 3 TB melted butter or margarine
½ cup brown sugar, packed
1 ½ cups sifted flour
½ cup granulated sugar
2 ¼ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp salt
¼ tsp mace [pepper]
1 egg, beaten
2/3 cup pineapple syrup
½ tsp grated lemon peel
Grease sides of a 6-cup ring mold. Drain pineapple, reserving syrup (add water, if needed, to equal 2/3 cup). Combine 3TB of the melted butter/margarine with the brown sugar, in bottom of the mold. Add pineapple chunks and set aside.
Resift flour with the sugar, baking powder, salt, and mace [pepper]. Add egg, pineapple syrup, ¼ cup of the melted butter/margarine, and lemon peel. Blend well, for 1 minute, by hand. Spoon batter over pineapple chunks, in mold. Bake in center of oven at 350°F for 35-40 minutes.
Cake should spring back when touched lightly. A small, wooden skewer inserted in the center should come out clean when cake is done. Let stand 10 minutes then invert over serving plate. Best when served warm. Makes 8 servings.
By Gloria Pitzer, as seen in… Gloria Pitzer’s Cookbook – The Best of the Recipe Detective (Balboa Press; Jan. 2018, p. 187). [A revised reprint of Gloria Pitzer’s Better Cookery Cookbook (Secret RecipesTM, St. Clair, MI; May 1983, 3rd Edition).]
Butter both sides of 2 slices of bread. Slip a slice of American cheese between them. Wrap it up in a piece of kitchen foil. Set your steam iron on “cotton” and press each side of the sandwich firmly with the hot iron, allowing about 2 to 3 minutes per side. It’s perfectly permissible to open one end of the foil to check the degree of “doneness” and continue until it suits you.
If Paul would have been content with a steady diet of grilled cheese sandwiches and lunch meats, the rest of our married life, I would have seen no need for even having a stove. But we do all have our peculiar preferences and there was no way that I could master bean soup with the steam iron, so I resorted to a stove and had to learn how to use it over the years. But that’s marriage for you!
By Gloria Pitzer, as seen in… Gloria Pitzer’s Cookbook – The Best of the Recipe Detective (Balboa Press; Jan. 2018, p. 117). [A revised reprint of Gloria Pitzer’s Better Cookery Cookbook (Secret RecipesTM, St. Clair, MI; May 1983, 3rd Edition).]
1 ½ cups milk
½ cup flour
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
¼ teaspoon season salt
dash of pepper
Put all 5 ingredients through the blender for a minute or so, until smooth, and transfer to a 2 ½-quart saucepan. Stir the mixture constantly over medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes, until it thickens and becomes smooth. Remove from heat as soon as you see the very first bubble of a boil so that it won’t be apt to scorch. To this mixture, you can add any of the following seasonings and ingredients for making homemade creamed soups – just as the restaurants do!
CREAM OF CAULIFLOWER: To the above mixture, as soon as you remove it from the heat, stir in 1 ½ cups cooked, drained and still-hot cauliflower buds, a pinch of sugar (or a dash of artificial sweetener), 2 tablespoons dry minced onion, ½ teaspoon dry minced parsley flakes, ½ teaspoon onion powder, 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon powder and 2 tablespoons extra-dry (white) vermouth – optional, however, the vermouth DOES make the soup! Serves 4.
CREAM OF CELERY: Just as in the Cauliflower Soup (above), to the basic cream soup base, as soon as you remove it from the heat, stir in 1 cup of cooked, diced and still-hot celery plus 1/2 cup of the liquid in which it was cooked. Continue as the Cauliflower Soup otherwise directs.
NOTE: Other variations for this soup base can be found in…
By Gloria Pitzer, as seen in… Gloria Pitzer’s Cookbook – The Best of the Recipe Detective (Balboa Press; Jan. 2018, p. 185). [A revised reprint of Gloria Pitzer’s Better Cookery Cookbook (Secret RecipesTM, St. Clair, MI; May 1983, 3rd Edition).]
4- to 5-lb, well-trimmed, corned beef
2 cloves garlic
1 onion, the size of an orange
Put beef into an accommodating, oven-proof kettle with a tight-fitting lid. Add enough water to keep beef covered. Add onion, cut in 4 pieces and studded with garlic cloves (2 or 3 per piece of onion). Cover the kettle and bring to a boil on the stove top.
Allow it to boil for 5 minutes and then place it in a preheated, 350°F oven for 90 minutes. This makes it easier to slice later. When tender to your liking – you may want to leave it in the oven a bit longer, until it is – then, let it cool to lukewarm.
Chill it completely before slicing. It is important that you slice it at an angle across the grain of the meat, not up and down like bread – or the meat will fall apart, and you’ll end up with it shredded. So, do be careful when you begin to slice it for the sandwiches.
Serves 12. Leftovers refrigerate up to a week if well-covered. Freezes up to 3 months.
This is the last full week of August, which observes (among other things)… National Be Kind to Humankind Week! During these troubling times in which we live, this well-needed celebration is more important than ever. Kindness is truly an essential part of society, bridging the divides of race, religion, gender, and other such things – even politics.
Think of it as the week of “The Golden Rule”, which is a basic, moral principle for society to treat each other as they’d want to be treated, themselves. It’s simply a commonsense ethic, by which we should all live on a daily basis – EVERY day, not just this week.
Its core is based on the biblical suggestion from the Book of Matthew, which says: “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” (Matthew 7:12) According to Wikipedia.com, the name, “Golden Rule”, came about “because there is VALUE in having this kind of respect and caring attitude for one another.”
‘Greatness is measured by kindness… real worth is measured by consideration and tolerance of others.’ – B.C. Forbes
Being kind changes lives – for the better – not only the lives of the receivers, but also those of the givers. It doesn’t cost anything to be kind and it also has a positive ripple effect that encourages receivers to become givers, themselves; paying it forward, to others.
Kindness is commonly known to have physical (and mental) health benefits for, both, givers and receivers. NationalDayCalendar.com lists some benefits from performing random acts of kindness, as psychiatrists claim, it… “Fuels personal energy and self-esteem… Makes you happier… [Is] good for your heart… [And] helps you live longer…”
‘Happy is the person who has a good supply of the milk of human kindness and knows how to keep it from souring.’– Gloria Pitzer, This is not a Cook Book! It’s Gloria Pitzer’s Food for Thought (Secret RecipesTM, St. Clair, MI; Oct. 1986, p. 17)
Mom was always a big supporter of being kind to humankind. She often questioned why we all couldn’t just get along, “after all, we’re all God’s children”, she would say. To myself (NEVER-EVER out loud), I would often sarcastically respond, “Wouldn’t that be sibling rivalry?”
Regardless, even siblings should get along, too – yet, speaking from my own first- and second-hand experiences, so many don’t. Two of Mom’s sisters quit speaking to her after their Mom died. My own sisters haven’t spoke to me in years. My husband’s sister quit speaking to him years ago, too. I wish our parents were still with us.
Mom continually tried to be a positive example, lifting up others through her writings; even writing a few books dedicated strictly to her positive food-for-thought and inspirational ideas. Throughout, Mom emphasized the importance of really caring about each other, being kind and loving. She held a strong faith in Love and all the things it could conquer.
‘You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy.’ – Jane Marczewski [aka: Nightbirde]; AGT Auditions, 2021
FROM MOM’S MEMORIES…
As seen in…
This is not a Cook Book! It’s Gloria Pitzer’s Food for Thought (Secret RecipesTM, St. Clair, MI; Oct. 1986, p. 30)
MAKING PEOPLE HAPPY
Have you ever had your day suddenly turn sunshiny because of a cheerful word? Have you ever wondered if this could be the same world because someone had been unexpectedly kind to you. You can make today [that way] for somebody! It’s only a question of a little imagination, a little time and trouble. Think now, ‘What can I do today, to make someone happy?’
IS A SINGLE HEART REJOICING over what you did or said?
Does the one whose hopes were fading, now with courage, look ahead?
Do you waste the day or lose it? Was it well or sorely spent?
Did you leave a trail of kindness or a scar of discontent?
As you close your eyes in slumber, do you think that God will say,
‘You have earned one more tomorrow, by the work you did today.’?
It’s a common awareness that being kind to others should happen every day – not just this week because it’s a national observance – yet some people still need reminders. It still astounds me. After all, weren’t we all taught to be good and kind in Kindergarten, if not earlier? Why do we seem to forget that important lesson as we get older?
According to Wikipedia’s interpretation of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Robert Fulghum (the author) “explains how the world would be improved if adults adhered to the same basic rules as children, i.e. sharing, being kind to one another, cleaning up after themselves, and living ‘a balanced life’ of work, play, and learning.”
‘THE GREATEST WASTE in the world is the difference between what we are, and what we could be!’ – Gloria Pitzer, This is not a Cook Book! It’s Gloria Pitzer’s Food for Thought (Secret RecipesTM, St. Clair, MI; Oct. 1986, p. 10)
MORE FROM MOM’S MEMORIES…
As seen in…
This is not a Cook Book! It’s Gloria Pitzer’s Food for Thought (Secret RecipesTM, St. Clair, MI; Oct. 1986, p. 24)
DOING SOMETHING NICE
Don’t expect the world to think you’re wonderful just because you do something ‘good’ – for someone else! Good people do good things all of the time – everyday, and no one pats them on the back for it. You have to do good – not for what others are going to think of you, but what you’re going to think of yourself!
If you get a kick out of doing something good for somebody… do it! But don’t expect any rewards or special recognition for having gone out of your way. Every once in a while you may be complimented for something good that you’ve done, and that’s very nice.
But most of the time, whatever you do is to make yourself feel better about what has to be done, or what should be done! It’s not a matter of conscience, but of compassion. Either you have it, or you don’t!
‘No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.’ – Aesop
“Try the seven-day kindness challenge: That means, do at least one act of kindness every day for seven days. Ground rules: Do something different each day; push yourself out of your comfort zone at least once and be sure one of your acts of kindness is anonymous — no one should ever find out who did it.”
In honor of TODAY, being National Be An Angel Day, here is Mom’s copycat recipe for “Angel Ambrosia”; as seen in… Gloria Pitzer’s Cookbook – The Best of the Recipe Detective (Balboa Press; Jan. 2018, p. 280). [A revised reprint of Gloria Pitzer’s Better Cookery Cookbook (Secret RecipesTM, St. Clair, MI; May 1983, 3rd Edition)].