My mother Gloria was a good cook!  What I know about cooking I learned from her!  Many years ago, I asked her to write down some of her basic recipes in a recently purchased, spiral-bound, blank cookbook.  It was a lot of work (over 30 pages/42 recipes), but she gladly did it.  I am grateful that I have this special cookbook in my mother's own handwriting.  I still refer to it today.
In my presentation, I have included a few samples of her handwritten recipes along with the more traditional formulations.  All recipes can be found in my copy of "I'm Writing My Own Cookbook."      JHM    

Brown hamburger
Add onion
Finish browing
Add two cloves of garlic
1 qt. tomatoes or more
1 cup chopped celery
1 T. chili powder
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper
1 can chili beans

1 # ground beef
1 cup cut-up celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 T. brown sugar
2 T. vinegar
1/2 t. dry mustard
3/4 cup ketchup
1 T. flour

Brown beef in skillet, pour off fat.  
Add celery, onion, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard and ketchup.
Sprinkle flour on mixture
Stir to mix well
Simmer about 20 minutes
Cut buns in half, fill.
About 6 sandwiches 
(6 buns)

Cook rice - 1/2 cup or more
Brown 1 # hamburger, onion, garlic chopped
1 t. salt / 1/4 t. pepper
1 can tomatoes, some in rice, some on top
jalapeno peppers
Bake 1 hour 350

1 1/2 # Hamburg          
1/2 cup uncooked rice
2 T. cut-up onion
1 t. salt, pepper (opt.)
1 can tomato soup
1 soup can water

Mix beef, rice, onion, salt, pepper in medium bowl
Make 18 balls same size
Stir soup, water in deep skillet
Heat to boiling, lower heat
Add meat - rice balls
Cover skillet
Cook over low heat for 1 hour
8 servings
Good with mashed potatoes - Maybe -

2 cups Macaroni
1 can tuna
1 can Golden Mushroom Soup
   Peas (frozen)

Boil 2 cups macaroni, Drain
Melt 1 T. butter
Add 1/4 cup sliced onions
Add drained macaroni, drained tuna, broken up with fork
1 can Golden Mushroom Soup
1 t. salt - 1/4 t. pepper
Add 1 cup frozen peas
Can top with potato chips (crushed)
Bake at 350 about 1/2 hour
(Can do on top of stove)

1 # Hamburger
Canned tomatoes
Green Beans

Brown hamburger, onion
1 level t. salt, pepper
Set aside
Put layer of potatoes
Put layer carrots
Layer of beans
(Salt each layer lightly except beans)
Put hamburger on top
Pour tomatoes on
Cover/bake 1/2 hour
Take cover off
Finish 1-1 1/2 hour

3 cups Macaroni
1 cup celery, diced fine
1/4 cup green pepper
cucumber, radishes
1/2 cup onion
1 cup Mayonnaise
2 t. salt - 1/4 t. pepper
Ideas: Sliced tomatoes, cheese

4 cups from can
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 t. dry mustard
1/2 cup catsup
6 slices of bacon, crisp 
1/2 cup thinly sliced onions
Combine all plus bacon. Mix
Bake at 325 about 1 hour

2-3 cups of beans
Wash, clean, soak overnight
Use smoked pig hock (good)
Or ham
1 3/4 full of water
1 onion
1 carrot
salt, pepper, garlic
dried parsley opt.

Grate potatoes
Add 1 egg
A little flour
Piece of bread
Salt, pepper
Little onion (opt.)
Fry in fry pan
Use oil to fry in 400-425

2 cans of green beans
  or fresh (cook)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 can milk
Mix, bake 20 minutes
Put dried onion rings on top, (probably 1/2 can)
Leave in 5 min.  Serve
Can put mushrooms in

Steam, drain
Melt butter
Shake a little flour in
Put aspargus in

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 t. salt 1/8 t. paprika
1 t. sugar (opt)
1 T. vinegar
1 T. light cream
4 cups shredded cabbage
1 T. onion
1/3 cup diced celery (opt)
1/3 cup grated carrot 
  or chopped green pepper
Mix mayo, salt, pepper, vinegar, cream etc. in small bowl. Cover, chill in refrig.
Just before mealtime, put cabbage, onion, celery, carrot, green pepper in salad bowl.
Add chilled dressing

    For CHICKEN:
6 cups bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup ground celery (chopped)
1/4 cup butter or margarine1 t. salt / pepper               
1 1/2 t. poultry seasoning
    For TURKEY:       
12 cups of bread crumbs
1/2 cup butter  2x onion etc.
Saute onion, butter
Add to dry crumbs 1 1/2-2
   cups celery & seasoning
Mix all together.  Stuff.

2 cups of flour
3 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
2 T. shortening
1 cup of milk
Sift together flour etc.
Cut in shortening
Add milk
Drop by tablespoon on hot stew
Cover tightly. 
Cook 10-12 min. covered.

1# Hamburger - Brown meat.
Add 1 onion
3 cloves garlic
1 1/2-2 quarts of tomatoes
   canned or fresh
12 oz. Contadino tomato paste
1 t. oregano
1 Bay leaf
1 cup celery (opt.)
Salt & pepper
Can add mushrooms

Greased casserole dish:
Add 1 slice of bread at bottom and sliced potatoes in layers
On each layer - add a little flour, salt, pepper, butter tabs, a little onion 
Fill 1/2 full with milk 
(3 cups)
Bake at 350 about 1 hr.
           +++ EXTRA MEATLOAF RECIPE +++

When Mom and I visited Graceland, we both bought Elvis's cookbook and this postcard.  Mine is still in the recipe book she wrote out for me.  I have tried a smaller version of his recipe; I don't know if Mom ever did.

6-7 med. apples
1 cup sugar
2 T. flour
1/2 - 1 t. cinnamon
1/8 nutmeg 
1/8 t. salt
2 t. butter
Stir apples, sugar, cinn. etc. together in bowl.
Put in pie crust
Dot with butter
Bake at 425
First crust/apples/top crust.  Bake center of oven at 50-60 min.

4-5 cups sliced apples
1/2 cup sugar
1 t. cinnamon
Make crust & add apples
Sift 3/4 cup flour
Mix 1/2 cup brown sugar
Cut in 1/3 cup butter until crumbly.  
Sprinkle over apples
Bake at 450 - 10 min.
Reduce to 350 - 40 min.


5 cups of diced rhubarb
1 1/2 - 2 cups sugar
(I use 2)
4 T. tapioca
1 1/2 T. butter
1 t. lemon juice (opt.)
Mix lightly in bowl
rhubarb, sugar, tapioca.  
Let stand while making crust.
PIE CRUST (1 pie)

Sift flour, Measure 2 cups flour
1 t. salt (skimpy)
2/3 cup shortening
Cut in shortening until crumbs are like small peas.
Add 1/4 cup cold water
Mix lightly with fork until all flour is moistened.
Role out on floured board.
My mother included two special recipes 
in her hand-written cookbook.  They came from her mother, Magdalene (Cook) Schock (1902-1955).  We called her "Nana," and she was a good cook too.  
My mother put this "prize-winning" recipe on 
the last page of the cookbook  She wrote on 
it, "Keep for posterity."
One of the few pictures we have 
of "Nana" Schock.  She is pictured with her sister-in-law, 
Virginia (Morgan) Cooke (Otto), 
at home in Minden City. (1950).  
"For posterity" - NANA SCHOCK - on the right
A rare picture  of Mom in her kitchen    
Written on the back:

"A Great Nana with a big turkey on Thanksgiving 1981

Rare photograph of Gloria in the kitchen, found in a family album

Written on the back:

"A great Nana with a big turkey on Thanksgiving 1981"

[Gloria was 58 years old in 1981.]