ROZELLAH'S ORANGE CAKE
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup margarine (softened)
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup raisins (ground)
Rind of 3 oranges (ground)
Cream sugar, margarine, and shortening. Mix dry ingredients. Add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Add raisins and orange peel. Backe at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes.
For topping: Squeeze juice from 3 oranges. Add 1 1/2 cups sugar. Let sit, stirring occasionally, while cake bakes. Pour over hot cake.
Family Member Rozellah Petty Brooks
VIRLIE'S BLACKBERRY COBBLER
(from my Granny)
I don't have this recipe written down. I am looking for an old-fashioned cobbler recipe to put here. Recipes I have found so far only have dough dropped on top of the fruit. Granny put dough in the bottom of the pan, then put in blackberries, sugar, and butter. Then she dropped more dough on top of the berry mixture. I don't think she used any extra flavoring, such as the cinnamon that is found in some recipes. The hardest part about reproducing this recipe, dear descendants, will be finding the blackberries. Grandpa grew them right outside the kitchen door. They didn't really have to be put in a cobbler to be good. Only the green ones were not what Granny called "fit to eat." When they turned red, they had a tart but pleasant taste. After they attained the dark purple color that earned them the name "blackberries" they were sweet and delicious right off the bush.
VIRLIE'S POTATO SALAD
(from my Granny)
This is a typical, old-fashioned recipe. It was never written down. Each cook made it according to her own taste. Here are the basic ingredients:
mashed potatoes salted to taste
chopped hard-boiled eggs
mayonnaise (or similar commercial product)
chopped sweet pickles
Some people add a little chopped onion. Granny did not, in deference to "contrary" children like me who did not like onion.
Family Member Virlie Mason Petty
EVA'S CHESS PIE
(Eva (ev-ee) was my Grandma)
As with the blackberry cobbler, I have not yet found the exactly right ingredients to put here. Grandma was not known for her homemaking skills, her talent being in needlework. I think, therefore, it is true to her character to give you this recipe the easy way.
Make a pecan pie but forget the pecans.
(This is from Aunt Kathelene, my father's only
sister. It originally had another name, but one
day a child said, "I want some more of Aunt
Kathelene's messy cake." Everyone else picked
up the name. It is now "Aunt Kathelene's Messy
Cake" to the whole family.)
2 cups flour
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 #2 can fruit cocktail, including juice
Pour into greased 9x13 pan
Sprinkle with 1 cup coconut
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes
While cake is baking, make sauce of
1/4 pound butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup canned evaporated milk
After mixture is well heated, add
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pour sauce over hot cake
(I don't know which family member made this first.
We all like it.)
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
Mix in saucepan:
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup shortening
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup Coca-Cola
Bring mixture to a boil,
Then pour over dry mixture.
1 cup buttermilk with 1 teaspoon baking soda
already mixed in
(Be careful here. Use a container larger than
1 cup when you mix in the soda. The first
time I made this, I blithely mixed soda into
buttermilk in a measuring cup that held exactly one cup.
The resulting fizz overflowed and made a terrible mess.)
2 beaten eggs
1 and 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
Blend mixture, then bake in an "oblong" pan (that's the
rectangular one) at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.
For the icing:
Mix and bring to boil 1/2 cup margarine, 3 tablespoons
cocoa, 6 tablespoons Coke, and 1 box powdered sugar.
Add 1 cup nuts. Spread icing immediately over hot cake.