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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 »

Lemon Streusel Squares

Lemon Streusel Squares @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Last year at this time, I baked up a batch of streusel bars that were positively amazing. Since then I have used that recipe to make a few different variations, including these wonderful lemon streusel bars. The original recipe was for a cherry and berry combination that just melt in your mouth. So don’t be afraid to try different flavors,   Read More »

Chicken with Peppers and Pasta

Chicken with Peppers and Pasta @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

I wanted to try something different that included pasta, but where pasta wasn’t the main part of the dish. Seems to me that far too often we make the pasta noodles the center of attention, when truly they don’t contribute any flavor at all! Something that does add flavor though are colorful sweet peppers and tender chicken. So I put   Read More »

Slow Cooker Hungarian Goulash & Noodles

Slow Cooker Hungarian Goulash & Noodles @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Growing up, goulash was not a meal that was served in my home. My parents are both British and goulash just wasn’t a dish they were familiar with. After I got married, I was introduced to the Americanized version of goulash that consists of ground beef, lots of green pepper and a tomato sauce which was served over macaroni noodles.   Read More »

Lil’ Smokies Footballs

Lil' Smokies Footballs @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Have you seen these around? They’re on Pinterest and I’ve seen them in some ads too. They are so stinkin’ cute I just had to try making some! The big game is this weekend, so if you want something fun and tasty, check out all the Lil’ Smokies Party Animals here on Pinterest. They have football players and footballs, but   Read More »

Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Chicken Parmesan is an Italian-American dish that is derived from popular tomato based Italian casserole dishes known as parmigiana. Eggplant is the most common filling, deep fried then baked in a dish layered with cheese and tomato sauce. The Americanized dish chicken parmigiana is often baked in a casserole dish, smothered in too much sauce and cheese for my taste.   Read More »

Bacon Topped Three Cheese Potatoes

Bacon Topped Three Cheese Potatoes @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Casseroles. It’s taken me years to get over that word. There’s something about the word “casserole” that completely turned me off. Now though, I embrace the casserole. Especially ones with bacon and cheese, and oh yes, potatoes! Three of my all time favorite ingredients. So whether you call it a casserole or a baked dish, this one is delicious and   Read More »

Hunt’s Tomatoes and Kraft Parmesan Cheese

Hunt's Tomatoes and Kraft Parmesan Cheese @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

If you visit this blog regularly, you already know this family’s love for pasta, soups, stews and cheese. With an Italian husband and living in the dairy state, it’s truly no wonder! I buy Hunt’s Fire Roasted tomatoes and use them in just about every dish that calls for canned tomatoes. I was in love the first time I tried   Read More »