Family and Friends Recipes

Family and Friend Recipes for you to enjoy at a baby shower or any time!

Yes, it seems that today was a good day to share more Family and Friends Recipes with you!

I noticed that many of you are requesting recipes....don't know if it is the time of year when we have baby showers or you just want good appetizer, candy or dessert recipes!

I have recently changed the name of this page to "Family and Friends Recipes" since one of my dear friends, Linda, has started her on food blog!   I would love for you to take a look at her site at Bruschetta Bistro which features simple, delicious recipes for you and your family! 

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Family and Friends Recipes from our Rogers' Family Cookbook

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Samplings of the Appetizers, Candies and Desserts recipes for the big Event were taken from the Rodgers Family Recipes Cookbook that I compiled in July 2007. Many of my family members contributed the 336 recipes in this cookbook that they use in their daily living. You may be familiar with the recipes, but of the recipes seemed to have been lovingly tweaked to make each unique!

I hope that you will enjoy these  family recipes that I’ve used at our Couples Baby Shower.

Family and Friends Recipes: Appetizers

Tortilla Rolls or Pinwheels

(Contributed by my niece Kelli Luttrell Hodges)

1 bunch of green onions, finely chopped

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

8 ounces sour cream

1 Tablespoon Accent Powder

Picante Sauce

1 package of flour Tortillas

1 package of ham, chopped into small cubes

Optional: Water Chestnuts or Cran-Raisins

  • Mix cream cheese, sour cream, Accent Powder, onions, ham
  • Blend Well
  • Thinly spread out on soft tortillas
  • After spreading on each tortilla, roll up tight with filling inside
  • Refrigerate overnight
  • Slice across and serve on a glass plate
  • Usually store in container for several days
  • Serve with Picante sauce for dipping

Spinach Dip with Water Chestnuts

(Contributed by my niece Leslie Luttrell)

1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach

1 package Knorr (1.4 oz dry vegetable soup mix)

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 cup Hellmann’s mayonnaise

1 carton (16 oz) sour cream

1 can (8 ½ oz) water chestnuts

3 green onions, chopped (optional)

  • Defrost frozen spinach in the microwave and let drain completely. Cool and squeeze all water from spinach. No moisture should be left in the spinach. You may need to drain in colander then on paper towels to remove any excess moisture

  • Drain and chop water chestnuts
  • Combine with other ingredients
  • Optional green onions are always left out!
  • Refrigerate for at least two hours; better if made the day before
  • Dip with remaining bread chunks or your favorite chips
  • *Another Serving tip from Knorr: Hollow out cucumber slices and cherry tomatoes. Fill these vegetables with the above dip and garnish with a sprig of dill.*--taken from a package of Knorr Vegetable Recipe Mix. We never use this trick, but would be a great appetizer for a shower.

Although this is basically the recipe for Knorr’s Spinach Dip, we usually make it a few days in advance so the ingredients can blend and become very tasty! That is how I made it for the more baby shower recipes event!

It is served in a round loaf of bread, where you cut out the center and around the inside of the bread. Save this bread for the dip later. Delicious!

Family and Friends Recipes: Salads

Mrs. McNally's Salad

(Contributed by my Mom, Nana)

This was my Dad's favorite salad

1 large can shoe peg corn

1 small can LeSeur peas

1 bell pepper

1 small jar pimento

1 small can French-cut green beans

8 green onions or thin slices of red onion

1 cup celery, chopped


1 cup sugar or 18 pkgs of sweetner

1 teaspoon salt

Dash black pepper

3/4 cup vinegar

1/4 cup oil

Drain corn, beans, and peas.  Mix together.  Chop onions, peppers, and pimento.  Mix with corn mixture.  To make dressing, combine all ingredients in saucepan and bring to a boil for one minute.  Cool and pour over vegetables. 

Refrigerate overnight.

Strawberry Salad

(Original contribution from Mary Pittman's, Collectibles II)

Family and friend Favorite...crushed pretzels taste like pecans!

2 cups of crushed pretzels

3 Tablespoons sugar

3/4 cup oleo melted

Mix above together and press into a 9 x13 greased pan.  Bake at 400 degrees for 6 minutes.   Don't let pretzels burn.  Cool.

Then mix the following

1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened

1 cup sugar

2 cups Cool Whip

Poor over cooled pretzel crust. 

Then mix 1 6 oz. package Strawberry Jello with 2 cups boiling water.  Cool in refrigerator.  Add frozen strawberries and chill until syrupy. 

Pour over above cheese layer and refrigerate until ready to serve. 

This may be prepared the day before. 

Serves 15.

Family and Friends Recipes: Candy or Dessert

Crock Pot Peanut Clusters

(Contributed by my cousin, Barbara Finley)

I must admit, when I compiled this recipe in the cookbook, it sounded so rich, I put it in the Dessert section by mistake. Well, it could be a dessert since everyone loves it!

It has become a favorite candy of my family and friends! I hope that you will enjoy my cousins Barbara’s recipe that is quick and easy and the crock pot does all the work! Remember, don’t peek while it is cooking!

1 16 oz dry roasted peanuts, unsalted

1 12 oz package Chocolate chips

2 lbs white almond bark

1 16 oz dry roasted peanuts, salted

1 4 oz German Sweet chocolate bar

  • Break German Sweet Chocolate and white almond bark into pieces
  • Place ingredients into crock pot in the order listed above
  • Place lid and cook on low for 3 hours
  • Do not take lid off pot!
  • Unplug pot, leave for 30 minutes
  • Don’t take the lid off pot!
  • After this take the lid off and stir well
  • Drop candy on waxed paper
  • Store in air tight container


Tips: Probably makes a 100 or more candies. I usually use a 4 to 6 quart crock pot and after the recipe is stirred, I scoop out the hot mixture with a small cookie scoop which makes about a 1 inch candy. Scrumptious and very rich!

Family and Friends Recipes: Desserts

I would be remiss if I didn’t include one of our favorite family recipes. Yes, an old family favorite that was shared over seventy years ago with my Mom’s family friend, Helen Rasberry. Although they grew up together, the Rasberry’s moved to Houston and we only got to see them occasionally.

However, this cake and many other wonderful recipes were shared with our family. This cake was affectionately called Nana’s Pound Cake by her five grandchildren. So easy to make and very delicious!

Nana’s Pound Cake

(Contributed by my Mother, Ina Pearl Luttrell)

2 sticks of margarine (Parkay)

1 8 oz package cream cheese

6 eggs

1 stick of butter

3 cups of sugar

3 cups of flour

1 teaspoon vanilla

Nana's Pound Cake
  • Butter tub pan and set to side
  • Set out margarine, butter and cream cheese to room temperature
  • Beat these ingredients in a mixer until fluffy
  • Add sugar and beat until sugar is dissolved
  • Crack eggs and set aside
  • Measure out flour
  • Add eggs one at a time with flour mixture alternating
  • Add vanilla
  • Bake cake mixture in pan at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 25 minutes
  • Set cake on stove top to cool for 15-20 minutes
  • Invert cake on to cake plate
  • After the cake is completed cool, cover with cake cover

I usually will cut the cake into half and freeze individual slices so my Mom can enjoy it in the future!

Find more grandparenting ideas online at our Home Page Grandparenting Essentials 

Share those Family and Friends Recipes

Have you ever thought of compiling a Family Cookbook! Do you find yourself wishing you had a copy of the corn recipe that Aunt Jane cooked every year at Christmas? Do you wish you had recipes that your cousins may have cooked?

In order to locate many of these recipes, you will need to get your family to share their treasured recipes and then you compile those recipes into a Family Cookbook. Today, the recipes I listed in "Family Recipes" were all from my immediate and close-knit family! Yes, recipes that we have all enjoyed and look forward to sharing with others!

We have a family reunion every summer and I was able to create a 2nd cookbook in 2007 for our family. The original cookbook about five years earlier had hand written recipes that our oldest family members wrote. Now those great aunts are no longer with us, but we have their hand-written treasured recipes.

Please share your experiences in creating a cookbook all can enjoy!

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