Portuguese-American and Other Favorites

Hosted by Beth M.
Group active since Sat, May 14, 2011

The variety of recipes being included come from many cultures, not just Portuguese and American, so I have made a change in the group name to reflect these. There are many countries represented here. I welcome all to share their family favorites and any background information to go with the recipes. Join us!

Beth M.
Saturday at 8:07 AM

Looking for this old recipe and it was right here on Just A Pinch

Fruit Starter and Friendship Cake, that's the one my mother-in-law use to make! We shared the starter with friends and it was Fruit Starter and Friendship Cake

Beth M.
Jan 12, 2018

Shortcuts are fun sometimes and tasty!

Lately, I have not been baking the way I usually do, as my oven/stove needs to be repaired or replaced. However, I have been lucky to receive a few new small appliances and I'm learning to use each one. This morning I craved something different for breakfast, and I had run out of the quick choice that I would have had. So looking in my refrigerator, I spotted a can of refrigerator rolls, the kind that my husband enjoys for dinner. My taste is for something with apples and cinnamon this morning. I pulled out the can of rolls, opened it, mixed a small amount of light brown sugar with cinnamon, and peeled and sliced an apple. In a short time, I had combined these things into a small muffin tin and popped them in to bake. It took longer than I thought, as I didn't heat the oven hot enough, I started at 375 degrees, and had to turn it up to 425 degrees to brown the little "danish" I had created. They took 30-35 minutes. I'd do it again, they were "melt-in-your-mouth" tender and delicious!

Beth M.
Jan 1, 2018

May the new year be one of good health, peace and great recipes shared on Just A Pinch!

2018 is starting out bitter cold where I live, off the coast of New England, and here I thought we were experiencing "global warming"! I have not made a single resolution, have you? I'm not one to keep them, so why bother? It would be nice if I just stuck to a good healthy diet, kept a budget better, exercised more, and enjoyed the seasons and attended church regularly, and got to be with family more often.


Beth M.
Dec 27, 2017

This is my story!

In late November, I was looking at a Facebook posting my son made which was "he liked Coleman Co. products". I clicked on it, read it and searched their products, especially their grills, as we have one that isn't convenient to use since the automatic starter is shot. They had a "contest" which I read about, and I entered it. Two days later there was a drawing and I received an e-mail saying "You're a winner!" Lo and behold, I am a winner!
After much back and forth, I did receive part of the set of prizes, the first which is a MR.COFFEE cafe' barista! It's something I don't have and I was excited to try it for the first time. A picture is attached. I look forward to receiving the other two prizes now, one by Oster and the other by Crock Pot. I felt like Santa really was good to me!

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Beth M.
Dec 22, 2017

Favorite Hymns

I have just read J.White Harris's topic on Just A Pinch, and it was a reminder to me about the true meaning of Christmas and sharing. It brought tears to my eyes!
These are some of my favorite hymns:
I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY
ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL
AMAZING GRACE
CHRIST FOR THE WORLD WE SING
GO, TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
HOW GREAT THOU ART
I NEED THEE EVERY HOUR
TAKE TIME TO BE HOLY
JESUS IS ALL THE WORLD TO ME
JESUS SAVIOR PILOT ME
JUST AS I AM WITHOUT ONE PLEA

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

Beth M.
Dec 20, 2017

A Week Ago It Was 26 Degrees Outside, Today It's 42 Degrees!

We're having a break from the freezing weather, Christmas Week. The new fuel tank is going to be installed today, and I will be so relieved, as the bitter cold weather is expected soon. We may have a rain/snow mixed day on Christmas, the weatherman reported. I'm going to make Christmas cookies today, to keep the kitchen warm as the heat will be turned off for a long time today. Are you busy baking for the holiday?

Beth M.
Dec 13, 2017

Winter temperature this morning at 26 degrees and it's windy!

We've been fortunate, so far! The New England area has had snow in the Western parts and the Northern areas; but we're on the coastline and we've only had a few flurries which turned to rain. I am thankful that we haven't had snow on the ground, and hopefully it won't happen for a couple of weeks at least. I'm waiting for someone to remove our old fuel tank and install a new one, as the legs are rusty, and we don't want it to topple. They've got us on their list! Waiting patiently, but a bit frustrated, as the supply is getting lower, and we don't want to have a fuel delivery until it is replaced. So I think I'll call again, or better yet write the owner of the fuel delivery company and remind him "we've been loyal and good customers for fifty years, so what's the problem?" What would you do?

Beth M.
Dec 9, 2017

Wintery weather has arrived and Christmas shopping is almost done!

Well, if you believe that, I'll tell you another one. I have done some shopping but I don't have a lot done. We've got our tree up and decorated, it's a small one but it's real; and I got small clear white lights this year, to replace the neon colored LED lights of last year. Today I made one batch of bar-type cookies, and I intend to share them with people at church tomorrow, when we have a "cooky swap". I made a batch of cookies using a Just A Pinch recipe this time. Holly's Chocolate Cranberry Cookie Bars