sausage twirls

2 cups Bisquick
1/2 cup ice water
1 lb. sausage (hot or mild)

Mix Bisquick and ice water. Form 2 balls and roll each into a 10×12 rectangle. Crumble or spread room temperature sausage over top. Roll up like jelly roll. Chill overnight. Cut into slices and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.

(notes from Laurie: Never EVER buy gluten-free Bisquick.)

Grandma’s original recipe:

homemade chili

2 cups pinto beans (2 cans or dry cooked)
4 cups tomato juice (Welch’s 1 qt.)
2 lb. ground beef
3 tbsp. Worchester sauce
2 tbsp. onion
3 tbsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. cumin
dash tobacco sauce
1 tbsp. salt
2 tbsp. sugar

Brown beef then add other ingredients. Let simmer for a long time.

(notes from Laurie: I’d recommend cooking for about an hour (the leftovers were even better). Definitely add in some paprika and cayenne. Increase amount of onion. Also consider bell peppers and stewed tomatoes – really go crazy with whatever your favorite chili ingredients are as this is really nice base.)

Grandma’s original recipe:

world’s best sugar cookies

1 cup powdered sugar and 1 cup of granulated sugar
1 cup margarine
1 cup oil
2 eggs, beaten
2 tsp vanilla
5 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder

Cream oil, margarine, sugar, and extract, then add eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Sift all dry ingredients together and add to above. Mix well and chill overnight. Next day – roll into small balls. Press down with glass dipped in sugar. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet until barely brown at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

(notes from Laurie: Keep the cookies fairly chunky. My first batch were too skinny and I enjoyed them more a bit plump.)

Grandma’s original recipe:

ramen slaw

2 packages Ramen noodles, beef flavored
1 large package cole slaw or you can use broccoli salad (also can use 1/2 of each)
1 bunch green onions
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup sunflower seeds

SAUCE
1 cup white sugar or Splenda (or combination of both)
3/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup white vinegar
2 packs ramen noodle flavoring (included with the noodles)

Layer 1 – crush Ramen noodles on bottom of dish
Layer 2 – evenly spread cole slaw on top of noodles
Layer 3 – chopped onions (small pieces) evenly spread on top
Layer 4 – lay sliced onions on cookie sheet and bake on 300 on 4-5 minutes or until brown. Spread almonds on top of onions.
Layer 5 – evenly spread sunflower seeds on top of almonds
Layer 6 – pour mixed sauce over dish, cover, refrigerate at least 8 hours

(notes from Laurie: Again, crank up the oven higher. Use sunflower kernels obviously. Do not skimp on waiting 8 hours as the liquid needs to soak into the noodles!)

Grandma’s original recipe:

no crust coconut pie

1 1/2 cups sugar and 3 tbs flour mixed together
5 large eggs
1 large can evaporated milk
1 stick butter, melted
2 cups Angel Flake coconut
1 tbs vanilla
Beat eggs, add sugar mixture, melted butter, add coconut and milk, then vanilla. Grease pans and flour. Makes 2 small pies. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.

(notes from Laurie: Use a small can of condensed milk instead. Cook time was closer to 35-40 minutes for a nice brown crust. Perfect to freeze a pie and save for later.)

Grandma’s original recipe: