Basic Recipes

Simple Basic Recipes

Myrna and I think that one of the best ways to save money and become a better cook is to master making basic recipes at home instead of buying them. We’re not talking about making your own butter or curing your own bacon; although these are worthwhile endeavors, they are beyond the reach of most homemakers unless you live in the country.
We think that learning to make your own baked goods like pie crust, biscuits, muffins, cornbread, yeast breads, rolls, sandwich buns, and some basic stock and gravy and white sauce and some simple salad dressings will save you cash as well as getting rid of lots of bottles and little packets of stuff in your cupboard.
If you make your own basic baked goods, you will turn over your ingredients, like flour, shortening, oils, yeast, baking powder, etc. faster too. You also know what is in the products you are feeding your family.
The way to become proficient at baking, especially, is frequent practice. Grandma found that she could fill out skimpy meals with inexpensive baked goods and satisfy her hungry family. Works today too.

Here’s a list of recipes that are the ones we keep returning to for success.

-Baking Powder Biscuits
-Never Fail Lard Biscuits

-Texas Cornbread

-Honey Moist Cornbread
Hamburger Buns
-Butter Buns

-Best Ever Muffins
-Making Perfect Muffins

-Homemade Noodles
-Basic Egg Pasta

-Homemade Noodles in Food Processor
Pie Crust
-Basic Pie Crust

-Lard Pie Crust
-Pie Crusts for the Freezer 
-Some Pie Crust Ideas
Whipped Cream
-Perfect Whipped Cream
Meringue Topping
-Meringue Topping
Cream or White Sauce
-White sauce or B├ęchamel
Cream Sauce Mix

-Cream Soup Mix
Chicken Stock

-Chicken Stock
-Pan Gravy
-Kettle Gravy
Yeast Bread

-Making fast yeast breads with your mixer- hints 

-Make It Yourself - fast homemade breads - hints
-Potato Bread - 2 loaves
-Potato Bread - 1 loaf in food processor
-White Batter Bread
-Master Bread Dough 
-Simple White Bread and Buns 
-Simple White Bread 
- Simple White Bread Loaves and Pizza Crusts
-Whole Wheat Bread - 2 loaves
-Whole Wheat Bread - 1 loaf in food processor
-Yeast Bread Baking Tips
Yeast Rolls
-Refrigerator Roll Dough 

-Double Quick Dinner Rolls
-Hamburger Buns
Salad Dressings
-Salad Dressings


  1. These are good to have around...will bookmark page and thanks for sharing!

  2. My boys will really like many of these recipes, I can't wait to try them!

  3. This is one of the best cooking sites that I've come across! Thank you!

  4. I just love this site, the recipes, tips, and the PICTURES!!! Reminds me of the good ole days, even tho that I only 48 years old, but I love the 50's, Lucy, June Clever, Donna Reed, JUST love the simpler times.

    1. Thanks, Kristene,
      We're just reliving our childhoods!

  5. Looking for a chili con carne recipe from years ago with a seasoning that I can't quite place. This has been on my mind for many years and the person who made it is no longer with us.

    1. The only thing I can think of is maybe some cinnamon, though I sure wouldn't know how much. Maybe some of our readers might have a idea for you. I have heard of putting some baking chocolate or cocoa in also, but again I sure wouldn't know how much. We are really not much for eating chili. The Barefoot contessa has a recipe calling for strong coffee.

  6. The taste I'm referring to reminds me of home made tamales or the corn husks used to make them???

    1. That sure has me stumped. If you ever find the recipe please let me know.

  7. There is a Mexican cornmeal called Masa Harina and that fits what you are looking for. It's a cornmeal treated with lime and has a significant taste. You would find it with the flours or in the Mexican section of the store. My Walmart carries it.


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