Category Archives: Recipes

My love of cooking and collecting recipes has come from generations of good cooks. My mother, grandmothers and great-grandmothers were wonderful cooks. I plan to use this blog to share some old family recipes with my family and you.

Grandma’s Recipes

This is a collection of my Grandma, Jane Fabiano’s recipes. Click on this link:  Grandmas Recipes V2

Cream cake

This recipe was found in my Great-Grandmother, Anna (Simmon) Fox’s recipe book. My grandfather, John Fox, told me it was his favorite cake. Probably because of the whipped cream frosting. One year for his birthday, I made it for him. The recipe didn’t have any instructions, so I just guessed. It turned out okay. I really should try it again. If you do let me know how it comes out!

2 egg
1 Cup sour cream
1 Cup sugar
1 Tablespoon butter
1 Cup cream
1 3/4 Cups sifted flour
1 Teaspoon cream of tartar
1 Teaspoon baking soda
1/2 Teaspoon nutmeg
a little baking powder

Sift dry ingredients together. This will be a second sifting for the flour. Mix sour cream, sugar and butter until smooth and sugar is dissolved. Add eggs one at a time. Mix well in between each egg. Add half of the dry ingredients and mix. Add half-cup of cream and mix. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix. Add remaining cream and mix. Pour into two – round cake pans. Bake 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until done.

Frost with whipped cream.

Christmas Fried Bread


On Sundays before Christmas, we would gather at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Grandpa would be making candy canes and Grandma would be making Fried Bread. It was delicious, but you couldn’t eat too much or you would get a stomach ache. Who could eat just one. I haven’t had this bread in years, but when Christmas time comes, I do think about making it. Maybe this year.

Christmas Cookies

Last summer, Aunt Kathleen loaned me my Grandma Fabiano’s recipes. Grandma would write recipes on scraps of paper or the backs of envelopes–whatever was handy. This is one of those recipes. I don’t remember Grandma making these cookies, but I would sure like to try them. Just in case you can’t make out the ingredients, here is the recipe:

2 Pounds brown sugar
2 pounds lard
1 pound black walnuts
4 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon clove
1 box seedless raisins
1 box currants
1 quart sour cream — or sour buttermilk
1 corn syrup — small can
1 teaspoon allspice
3 egg
15 cups flour

Chill for 2 or 3 days
Bake 350 degrees

As you can see, the recipe calls for 15 cups of flour. I think I will quarter the recipe, when I try it.