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Quaker Oats Meatloaf

Quaker Oats Prize Winning Meatloaf - Amanda Formaro - Amanda's Cookin'

While I have a favorite meatloaf recipe that I make all the time, this Quaker Oats meatloaf is a quicker alternative. This is the recipe that appeared on the back of the Quaker Oats oatmeal container many years ago. They still have the recipe on their site, however it has been changed from the original in that they have lowered   Read More »

Vintage Recipe: Lazy Daisy Cake

Vintage Recipe: Lazy Daisy Cake - Amanda Formaro of Amanda's Cookin'

I’m not positive how Lazy Daisy Cake got its name. Some people say it was because this cake was perfect for those lazy days, while others say that it’s a simple cake without any fancy frosting or decorating, therefore making it a no-fuss cake for the day you wanted to be a lazy baker. is there such a thing?? Plus,   Read More »

Vintage Recipe: Square Dance Party Cake

Vintage Recipe: Square Dance Party Cake by Amanda Formaro at Amanda's Cookin'

When my friends at Recipe Lion asked me to revamp some vintage recipes, one that I came across was this Square Dance Party Cake. The original recipe was printed on an old advertisement for Dexo, which was a brand of shortening. Since Dexo is long gone and no longer being produced (at least from what I could find), I used   Read More »

Olive Garden Peach Tea Copycat

Olive Garden Peach Tea Copycat by Amanda Formaro of Amanda's Cookin'

How do they make that peach iced tea at Olive Garden? I’m not sure, I don’t really know anyone that works there. However, I’ve discovered something very simple and everyone that tries it completely agrees, it’s just as good as Olive Garden’s peach tea! It’s called peach nectar. I actually found mine in the Mexican food aisle of the grocery   Read More »

Vintage Recipe: Ambrosia Salad

Vintage Recipe: Ambrosia Salad @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Growing up we always had Ambrosia Salad on the holiday table. Potlucks, barbecues, family get togethers, it’s just one of those desserts that everyone likes and someone always brings! There are different version, some with sour cream, some without, some with cream cheese, and so on. As long as there’s lots of maraschino cherries, I’m there. Get my recipe for   Read More »

Seven Layer Bars Recipe

Seven Layer Bars, also known as Hello Dollys or Magic Cookie Bars. Great for take alongs!

This vintage recipe has gone by several names over the years: Hello Dolly Bars, Magic Cookie Bars and Seven Layer Bars. This is one of the easiest recipes around as it doesn’t require a bowl or even a mixing spoon. All you need is a pan and your ingredients. The “magic” is in the layering. There are seven ingredients that   Read More »

Shortcut Zucchini Muffins

These zucchini muffins look heavenly and so easy! Starts with a cake mix too, love it!

While I love to bake things from scratch, sometimes there isn’t enough time. And frankly, sometimes I just don’t feel like it. Imagine what it must be like for people who don’t enjoy cooking? That’s exactly why cake mixes were invented. For those that don’t get pleasure from mixing, spreading, filling and baking. For those that are always short on   Read More »

Vintage Recipe: Wacky Cake

Crazy Cake, also known as Wacky Cake, is a vintage recipe without eggs or butter!

Wacky Cake, also known as Crazy Cake, or even Crazy Wacky Cake, was coined as such because the recipe does not use eggs nor butter. Rationing was a very real and serious thing during wartime, and many ingredients we find common today, such as eggs, butter, sugar and milk were all in pretty short supply. That left home bakers with   Read More »

June in January Cake

Vintage recipe - June in January Cake by @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

The idea behind this cake is that you can enjoy some June (strawberries you harvested or purchased and put in your freezer) in January when it’s still cold and strawberries are out of season. Of course, it’s not January anymore, but you can enjoy a piece of this beautiful dessert any time you want. And actually, it’s almost June, so   Read More »

Raspberry Dream Poke Cake

Wow, this raspberry poke cake looks amazing! I wish I had a slice right now, definitely making this!

No joke, this cake was so popular around here that people were looking for not only seconds, but thirds! And this poke cake was so easy to make, and can be adapted for several different flavors, you’ll definitely want to add it to your dessert armory. I happen to love raspberry, but other flavors that would rock with this are   Read More »

3 Bean Salsa Chicken & Rice

This 3 Bean Salsa Chicken for the crockpot is right up my alley!

I really like to use my slow cooker because of my busy schedule. I’m a big fan of chicken, but I get tired of making the same dinners over and over again. I was actually looking through my fridge and pantry and came up with a few things that had the makings of a tasty slow cooker chicken dinner. I   Read More »

Glazed Lemon Blueberry Cake

Oh my gosh! The lemon blueberry cake looks divine and so EASY! Can't wait to make it.

I was looking for something easy, something to use up the rest of the blueberries in my freezer, and something that everyone would enjoy. I found it in this simple blueberry cake drizzled with shiny glaze. Sometimes you need something easy, but impressive. Something that people will oooo and ahhh over but it didn’t take you hours to make and didn’t   Read More »

Roast Potatoes in a Cast Iron Skillet

These roast potatoes in a cast iron skillet look so amazing!

Something that will never disappear from this house are potatoes. I love so many different potato recipes that it’s sometimes hard to choose which one to make. Boiled, roasted, mashed, fried, baked, any way you give me a potato, I’m pretty much guaranteed to eat it! I was browsing Pinterest one day and came across this recipe for “BBQ Potatoes”   Read More »

Oven Swiss Steak

Delicious vintage recipe with a twist - Oven Swiss Steak!

I’ll be honest, I was never really a fan of Swiss Steak. At least not the one made with canned tomatoes. It just didn’t do anything for me, ya know? I love canned tomatoes, but that particular dish never really appealed to me. However, when Recipe Lion asked me to make some vintage recipes for them and they said they   Read More »

Easy Banana Cake with Banana Whipped Cream Frosting

Ohhh adding this banana cake with whipped cream frosting to my baking list!

I love to bake from scratch, but sometimes there just isn’t enough time in a day. I always have a stock pile of cake mixes in the pantry, and I love to doctor them up and make them my own. Banana cake is one of my favorite treats, and I have a few different recipes here on the blog that   Read More »

Slow Cooker Roast with Brandy Sauce

This crockpot roast is definitely going on my list to try! It looks AMAZING!

There’s no denying that my family loves beef, especially a good slow cooker roast. I have to admit that I was a little worried they wouldn’t like this one as the brandy sauce adds a little sweetness to the flavor, and my brood has always been pretty traditional. According to them, savory goes with savory, and sweet with sweet, no   Read More »

Cracker Barrel Copycat Coke Cake

Can't wait to try this Cracker Barrel Coke Cake copycat!

If you are a fan of Cracker Barrel you’ll want to try this copycat coke cake. The frosting is pretty sugary, but if you have a sweet tooth I’m sure you will love it! If you prefer a cake that is less sweet, omit the marshmallow cream layer, poke holes in the cake, then add the chocolate frosting. Either way is   Read More »

3-Ingredient Quick Pasta Salad

So quick and simple! Use your favorite dressing in this 3-ingredient pasta salad.

I love a pasta salad filled with fresh, crunchy chopped vegetables, maybe some chicken and a flavorful homemade vinaigrette. But let’s be honest. Sometimes you just need a quick pasta salad when you already have too much on your entertaining plate. After all, you are making everything and hosting a barbecue or a party, adding one more thing to the   Read More »

Traditional English Trifle

The layers in this English trifle recipe are calling my name!

If I had to choose one dessert as the most nostalgic for me, that would be a traditional English Trifle. Every holiday we would travel to my aunt’s house for a huge feast and a dazzling dessert table covered with homemade chocolate cake, lemon and mince meat tarts, usually a pie of some sort, and of course, trifle. A trifle   Read More »

Ramen Noodle & Beef Skillet

Recipe for super easy, quick and frugal dinner! Ramen Noodle & Beef Skillet - Amanda's Cookin' @amandaformaro

If you’re looking for a quick weeknight meal, this inexpensive Ramen noodle casserole in a skillet should be added to your menu. It appeals to kids and adults alike, and tastes a lot better than I thought it would. After all, I like Ramen noodles. They are great in a pinch, super cheap.. I mean, what are they? 10 cents   Read More »

Fudgy Blender Brownies

Fudgy Blender Brownies from Amanda's Cookin' @amandaformaro

I have tried many different brownie recipes over the years. But I have to admit, I had never made blender brownies before. It seemed a little odd actually, since I owned one of the best blenders on the market, a Blendtec. I got it quite a few years ago, when I was still living in Las Vegas. I moved back   Read More »

Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar at Amanda's Cookin' by @amandaformaro

Like with any dip, salsa or spread, cowboy caviar has several adapted versions. The recipe has been changed slightly over the years to suit peoples’ tastes and even to conform to the fresh produce available in certain regions. But the main component that remains steady in cowboy caviar is black eyed peas. I read a story that cowboy caviar was   Read More »

Homemade Hamburger Buns

Recipe for Homemade Hamburger Buns - Amanda's Cookin' @aformaro

I really do enjoy making bread, so when I started seeing recipes around the Internet on making homemade hamburger buns, I knew I wanted to try it. They really were delicious, but I’ll be honest. It’s not something I’m going to do every single time I make hamburgers. I wish I had the time to do that, but alas, with   Read More »

Pretzel Chicken with Honey Mustard Dressing

Pretzel Chicken with Honey Mustard Dressing @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

I love finding new recipes to try for dinner. It gets so boring making the same thing week after week. But new dishes have to be fairly easy and not too extravagant otherwise it’s just not fit for a weeknight. Chicken is my all time favorite protein, so any time I can find a new and tasty way to prepare   Read More »