My Grandma’s Recipes

Savory Hamburger Hotdish

Well, fall is here.

I have mixed feelings about that. I like fall. I love the changing of the leaves, the crisp air, the smells of autumn.

But fall also means that winter is coming.

I’m not a fan of winter.

I don’t know why I live in Minnesota.

One good thing about fall is that with the cooler temperatures comes the yearning for comfort food.

And where better to look for comfort food recipes than in my Grandma’s recipes?



Well, it may be spring, but here in Minnesota the weather has been rather capricious, vacillating mercilessly between winter and summer. The weekend was beautiful, but the new week was heralded by thunderstorms and cooler temperatures again. Looks like the entire week will be like this.

It’s the kind of weather that makes me want to eat oatmeal and drink hot chocolate and curl up with a good book.

And eat comfort food for dinner.

That’s where this recipe comes in.  It’s one of my grandma’s, but I don’t have a scanned version since she decided to throw away her recipe card for this one when we were cleaning out her old recipe box because she knows it by heart.

These are called “pastys,” pronounced like “past-eez,” not like the color my skin gets in the winter.


Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

On Sunday, we had a church potluck.  I may or may not have forgotten about it until my sister reminded me on Thursday, and then forgot about it again until Saturday afternoon.

Don’t judge me.  I have a 6 month old and routinely get very little sleep.

Anyway, so there I was, Saturday afternoon with nothing to make to bring to church the next morning. So I decided to raid my grandma’s recipes.  It seemed like the right thing to do.  There’s something about church potlucks and grandma’s recipes that just fits.

I dug around my scads of scans (heh) and pulled up this number:


Porcupine Meatballs

Note: there are no porcupines used in these meatballs, so if you were excited that you finally found a use for that porcupine carcass in your garage, I’m sorry.
This is one of my grandma’s recipes. Therefore, it is delicious. It’s homey with a twist. Some good ol’ comfort food.


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