Catalpa Recipes

Friday, January 15, 2010

On Jan. 31, 1985, Mrs. Hastings wrote, "I really appreciated a lady at Cosmolab telling Doylene she made my tomato soup recipe last week and in her words, 'It was delicious!' This week I was asked for my chili recipe. This is the way I make it for my family."


Brown 1 1/2 pounds ground beef in a small amount of oil or shortening, with a small onion and some green pepper, chopped fine. Add

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

3 tablespoons chili powder

2 small cans tomato sauce, puree or paste - whichever I have

Simmer about 10 minutes and add to cooked, seasoned pintos.

I use about 4 cups, but it is according to how many beans you want in it. I cook mine in my crock-pot, add the meat sauce and simmer about 20 minutes. The flavors need to blend together. Taste to see if it is hot enough with chili for your family. This should serve 5 or 6.

We usually eat crackers with ours, but Mexican cornbread or jalapeno cornbread is good. You can buy the mix at the grocery store. Have a bowl of tossed salad with it, and, as usual, Doyle has to have about half a dozen slices of cheese to eat with his.


4 slices of bacon, cut up

2 cups self-rising cornmeal

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 2/3 cups buttermilk

1 egg, beaten

Cook bacon until crisp in a heavy skillet. Drain on paper towel. Combine meal and baking soda. Add buttermilk and egg. Stir in bacon and 3 tablespoons of bacon drippings. Pour batter into skillet; bake in a 450-degree oven until done.

I had cooked a big pot of white beans seasoned with ham fat. The bacon cornbread along with the beans and an onion made for good eating.


Melt 4 or 5 tablespoons cocoa with 1 stick oleo over low heat. Cool slightly. Add 2 unbeaten eggs, 1 cup sugar, 4 tablespoons flour, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and a pinch of salt and beat until smooth. Pour into a buttered pie tin (no crust) and bake in a 350-degree oven for about 25 minutes. Serve hot with ice cream or Cool Whip on top. It's good cold, too.


1 1/2 pounds ground beef

1 small can Spanish rice

1 egg

1/2 cup sweet milk

1/2 cup oatmeal

Salt and pepper to taste

Mix well and place in oiled loaf pan.


2 tablespoons vinegar

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup tomato catsup

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons dry mustard

Mix and pour over meat mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.


4 whole eggs, beaten until foamy

1 stick of oleo, melted

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 can crushed pineapple - do not drain

1 small can coconut

Mix together well and pour into two 9-inch pie shells and bake at 350 degrees until firm to the touch and the crust is nicely browned.