Mocha Nut Pie

My daughter expressed an interest in a chocolate pie recently. I thought no problem, I will get one of those No-bake kits next time I was at the store. Sadly, our commissary seems not to carry them. I wonder if they exist elsewhere-likely I imagine.

When this recipe showed up in my rummage through Nini’s recipe box-I thought Aha! I A perfect substitute. Ok, we leave the nuts out.

From a Parade recipe sponsored by General Foods Kitchens in 1965….Whip’n Chill Dessert Mix can be subbed with 2 boxes chocolate instant pudding with 2 cups Cool Whip or prepared Dream Whip mixed in or with the Chocolate Mousse mix.

Mocha Nut Pie

1 package Chocolate Jell-o Whip’n Chill Dessert mix
1 tablespoon Instant Maxwell House Coffee
1 baked 8″ pie shell, cooled
1/4 cup chopped nuts

Prepare Whip’n chill as directed on the package, adding instant coffee to the mix. Add nuts. Chill in pie shell 2 hours. Top with Dream Whip Whipped topping mix and chocolate curls.

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Karo Pecan Pie

Now this may be the recipe you grew up with for pecan pie. Lots of people use those nice little recipes in magazines, newspapers, and the grocery store. They are great recipes to use. Solid, no fail directions. Manufacturers want you to buy their stuff again.

Pecan Crust Mince Pie

So, I begin my week of pecan pies. When my daughter was picking out the recipes for November, she mentioned there were a lot of pecan pies. Then she looked at me a bit confused. I don’t make pecan pies. Her great, great grandmother did. Her grandmother did. But, no, not I.

I do however, like mincemeat pie. Sadly, no one in my family will join me in eating such a thing. Here is a combination of the two types. This recipe from my favorite brand of mincemeat. (other than if my mother suddenly manages to lose a good 35 years of age and health problems and made a bit of her own mincemeat)

Unfortunately, this recipe calls for something that doesn’t exist anymore, sticks of pie crust mix. (or does it?) You will just need to make your own pie crust or use the more modern mix from Betty Crocker.

Pecan Crust Mince Pie


2 sticks Betty Crocker Instant Mixing Pie Crust Mix
1 cup pecan halves
28-oz jar none such mincemeat

Heat oven to 425 (hot) Take 1/2 cup pecan halves and chop finely. Mix pastry as directed on package–except add chopped pecans with the water. Line pan as directed for two-crust pie. Spread mince meat in prepared pan. Arrange remaining 1/2 cup pecan halves over mince meat. Cover with top crust. Cover edge with strip of aluminum foil, remove 15 min before end of baking time. Bake 40-45 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.

Cranberry Salad Dressing

This is an unusual little dressing for fruit salads. You can use it on green salads too if you are a cranberry salad dressing fan.  I cut the oil a bit when I make it.


Cranberry Salad Dressing

9 tbsp oil
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp mild paprika or suit taste
6 tbsp strained cranberry sauce
2 tbsp sugar, more or less

Beat oil, lemon juice and seasoning togethr. Add the cranberry sauce slowly, a tablespoon at a time. Sweeten to suit and use with fruit salads.