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30 Good Old Recipes from Grandma's Kitchen

By: Jamie Garcia, Editor, RecipeLion.com
Updated February 07, 2018
30 Charming Old Fashioned Recipes

There's nothing quite like old fashioned recipes to get you excited about sitting down to dinner. These comforting dishes might be staples in our homes and are likely to evoke memories from our childhood. From days spent with our moms in the kitchen to nights sitting down to the table with the whole family, food-centered nostalgia is a powerful thing. So much quality time is spent over delicious meals in fact, that we wanted to share some old fashioned recipes we remember fondly. We've gathered 30 vintage recipes that have been the cornerstone of so many American dinner tables. With these classic old recipes (some of which are even better than you remember), we hope you'll be able to recreate some of the nostalgia you remember from your youth and recreate that for your family. Take a stroll down memory lane, indulge in some comfort food, and introduce a vintage favorite to your family.

And to start, take a look at our test kitchen recipe for Grandma's Old Fashioned Aspic:

Old Fashioned Dinner Recipes

Comforting Retro Tuna Noodle Casserole

These old fashioned dinner recipes will bring back those memories of what it was like gathering around the dinner table as a child. From classic recipes Mom used to make like tuna casserole and meatloaf to recipes you might remember from the diner, like chicken fried chicken and Salisbury steak, these old fashioned meals are bound to please.

Start with this recipe for Comforting Tuna Noodle Casserole!

  • Perfect Shepherd's Pie

    The fluffy potatoes and hearty filling in this vintage shepherd's pie recipe will have your family running to the table. It's one of grandma's recipes that we think she's happy to let us steal.

  • Southern Chicken Fried Chicken

    Old school fried chicken reminds me of my grandma, who is awesome at making it. She used to cook up a batch for my dad and his brothers when they lived on the farm, and she still makes it sometimes for us!

  • Grandma's Best Comfort Casserole

    This comforting casserole is one of those old fashioned meals that will never go out of style. It's easy to make, full of yummy ingredients like bacon and tomatoes, and perfect in just about any season.

  • Old Fashioned German Goulash

    You're going to want to go back for seconds of this recipe. Complete with hearty beef and tender egg noodles, this goulash is exactly what we picture when we think of classic German cooking.

  • Vintage Hoppin John in a Slow Cooker

    This recipe is hearty, delicious, and couldn't be easier to make. Just let it hang out in the slow cooker and enjoy a delicious meal in the evening.

  • Great Depression Casserole

    During the Great Depression, bologna became a staple in the diets of many who couldn't afford other types of meat. This Great Depression Casserole is a budget-friendly recipe that still tastes great today!

  • Just Like Paula Deen's Old Fashioned Meatloaf

    Meatloaf can be a polarizing meal, but we're sure that you're going to love Paula Deen's take on old fashioned meatloaf.

  • Dump and Go Amish Casserole

    This easy Amish casserole is perfect for enjoying on any weeknight. It's a snap to make, and everyone will want to go back for seconds.

  • Classic Salisbury Steak Recipe

    When we talk about old fashioned cooking, salisbury steak is always a recipe that comes to my mind. It's rich and flavorful, and it's a classic that I turn to again and again.

  • One Pot Old Fashioned Goulash

    We've taken this delicious old school recipe and made it even easier to make! We're sure that grandma would approve of this one pot variation on a vintage dish.

  • Civil War Macaroni and Cheese

    Baked mac and cheese is a classic, and we're happy to share this Civil War era version with you! It's got everything you love in a good macaroni and cheese recipe.

  • Chicken Pot Pie Soup

    We're love taking old recipes and making them new again, which is exactly what we've done here. Chicken pot pie soup has tons of flavor, but you don't have to worry about pie crust.

  • Blue Ribbon Meatloaf

    This is one of our favorite mealoaf recipes ever.  You just have to try it.

Old Fashioned Dessert Recipes

Grandma's Magic Cake Recipe

What's better than delicious old fashioned desserts? We can't think of much. Pound cake, cookies, pie, and cookie bars... the treats below are things you might remember seeing in your grandmother's cookbook. Mom may have been passed a few of these vintage recipes over the years, and now it's your turn. Pour yourself a tall glass of milk and get ready to take a trip down memory lane with these great desserts.

Start with this delicious recipe for Grandma's Magic Cake!

  • German Butter Pound Cake

    If you're looking for a good old-fashioned German recipe, this may be one of the best. German Butter Pound Cake is a cake recipe from scratch that makes the most moist, delicious pound cake you'll ever eat.

  • Little Old Lady Lemon Pound Cake

    This is one of our top old fashioned dessert recipes! It just doesn't get any better than this fluffy, flavorful lemon pound cake.

  • Old Fashioned Pecan Pie Bars

    Pecan pie is another recipe that reminds us of yesteryear. But these pecan pie bars make whipping up an old fashioned pie recipe easier than ever.

  • Vintage Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Who doesn't love a good old fashioned chocolate chip cookie recipe? These are our favorites, and we think they will be yours too.

  • WW2 Carrot Cookies Recipe

    Did you know that during the war, carrots were often used in baked goods because they were easier to get than sugar? This yummy recipe is inspired by the creative cooks at the time, and we're so pleased with the results.

  • Old Fashioned Divinity Recipe

    This isn't exactly my grandma's recipe for divinity, but it's pretty close. She made this delicious candy at Christmas every year, and it always brings back fond memories whenever I eat it.

  • Vintage Bread Pudding

    Bread pudding is one of those old time recipes that we're glad has never gone out of style. This one is gooey, spicy, and just what we want after dinner.

  • Classic Tandy Cake

    Do you remember this cake? Classic Tandy Cake is made with chocolate and peanut butter, proving that old fashioned cooking is among the best there is.

Other Classic Vintage Recipes

Grandma Frances' Wisconsin German Potato Salad

What do sour cream doughnuts have in common with chicken pot pie? Not a lot, thankfully! But they are both delicious old fashioned recipes and they can both be found in the list below that includes a few more of our vintage favorites. We just couldn't leave these old time recipes off the list, so we hope you enjoy!

Start your feast with this recipe for Grandma Frances' Wisconsin German Potato Salad.

  • Old Fashioned Sour Cream Doughnuts

    These Old Fashioned Sour Cream Doughnuts will take you back to a simpler time and remind you just how good breakfast can taste.

  • Just Like Mom's Old Fashioned Stuffing

    This is one of our favorite old fashioned side dish recipes. We don't just make it on Thanksgiving, we make it all year long!

  • Super-Easy Crab Puffs

    These crab puffs remind us of cocktail parties from years gone by. But they don't have to be a thing of the past, because this recipe is so quick and easy to make!

  • Our Famous Ambrosia Salad Recipe

    Fruity, fluffy, and bursting with flavor, this ambrosia salad recipe is one that we just can't get enough of.

  • Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole

    Have you ever made green bean casserole in the slow cooker? If you haven't, you should! It saves so much time, and the results are just as delicious and flavorful as ever.

  • Party Cheese Ball

    Who doesn't love this old fashioned appetizer? Serve it with crackers for a snack that will disappear almost as soon as you set it out.

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I have a soft spot for mashed potatoes. My mom would make them slightly chunky and not too buttery!

My mother always made apple strudel from scratch. It turned out perfectly every time and was sprinkled with icing sugar. Sometimes mom would add a dollop of whipping cream and it would all just melt in your mouth.

My Grandpa would make me peanut butter honey sandwiches on homemade white bread. The sandwiches were so thick I could barely open my mouth wide enough to eat them.

My gran's yeasted maple bars and donuts. Oh my. She made huge batches after someone harvested a hog (yes ladies, she rendered pig fat to fry the donuts in and it was a stinky project.) bars, donuts and donut holes covered our counters and tables, proofing before frying. She topped the bars with maple frosting and the donuts with chocolate frosting or powdered sugar. Some of them she froze for use later and would top them after they defrosted. And uh yes I considered fresh maple bars a wonderful Meal! And yes, I was a chubby kid!!

I will never forget my mom's soup. She used to start it when winter was on its way. We used to call it stone soup, after the legend of the traveler who got people to donate ingredients for him to make some soup when he had nothing but a stone and in the end he shared it with everybody. It was a soup that was most definitely shared. My mom's office was at our home and her staff used to come in daily then go about their chores. They would always pop into the kitchen for a cup of that soup before going on their way. My mom's soup was an everlasting pot on the stove and she just kept adding to it. If there was ever anything left over from a meal into the pot it went. The Soup tasted better and better as the days passed and we continued to add to it. Now my mom is a retired pensioner but she is still making that soup except now it is made in the slow cooker. I have the recipe and I will be posting it soon. Watch this space!

Every winter my Mom made a delicious sweet and sour stuffed cabbage. I learned the recipe from her and made it for my family. After Mom died, I would invite him for dinner and send him home with what remained. The year after he died, l made it for my family and as I wrapped up the remains and burst into tears as memories flooded in.

My favorite dish as a child was my mom's goulash. It's the only dish that I can't make like she did.

It would have to be my mom's homemade potato soup, for the life of me I can't make it come out the same

Home made from scratch, chicken pot pies my Mom would make on cold winter days growing up in Upstate NY when I would go home for lunch, since my school was very close to m house.

Eating dinner at my Grandmother's house after church o Sunday. My favorite part of the meal was her homemade yellow cake with homemade chocolate candy icing.

I used to stay overnight at my Grandma's and she would let us have Eggo waffles with piles of powdered sugar! Waffles still make me think of her.

My fondest food memory is Thanksgiving when I was small. My mother was cooking the turkey of course, but my German Grandma and Grandpa both helped. They made a German dish called "Filtzel" which my father absolutely LOVED. The "Filtzel" called for chopped potato and bacon (not masked) plus parsley and raw egg. I have never found any recipe in print but I have an old card that my Aunt developed from her memory. But I can still see Grandpa chopping the potatoes in a big wooden bowl with a circular chopper.

Funeral potatoes. My mom would only make them for family gatherings or holiday parties. I was of the opinion that they should be made on a weekly basis. Unfortunately I did not win that fight.

My grandma always made angel food cake with peanut butter frosting. The cake was light as air. It was incredible! Now I think of her every time I see that cake.

My very best food memory is of a few different time when my Grandpa picked me up from middle school, with fresh-baked, warm chocolate chip cookies and chocolate milk in the car for me to have as an after-school snack on my way to a play rehearsal. None of my family members seem to know what chocolate chip cookie recipe my grandpa used, but they were definitely the best ever!

My family's version of a German pancake. It was our go-to weekend breakfast. It was the first recipe I ever learned and it's still the only one I have completely memorized.

My dad used to work in an Italian restaurant growing up, so he took all of those cooking skills he learned and incorporated them into our regular food regimen. With that in mind, I developed an interesting palate pretty early on. Even though I was a wee one, I had the spirit and cravings of a middle-aged Italian guy. I loved linguine and clam sauce. LOVED. IT. Unfortunately, my mom hated it, so I'd have to wait for those days when my mom was out of town visiting our aunt who lives in Florida. When she left, I'd be swimming in linguine and clam sauce. Oh man.

I remember going to Disney World when I was in kindergarten. My parents bought a few sticks of rock candy for us to try for the first time. It rocked!

My fondest food memories are usually when my sister and I try to make something and then over-complicate it and then fail. One time we decided to make a smoothie. But we started adding so many things to it that it turned a disgusting green color and it looked like steam was coming out of it. We ended up putting the blender outside because it smelled so bad.

This is a fantastic go-to link for classic recipes that are sure to be crowd-pleasers. There is nothing like a classic tummy warming shepherd's pie to make your family (and yourself) very happy! I highly recommend that one. Magic Cake is a really fun one to try, especially if you have little ones that like to cook. That will think that it's so fun seeing how the layers separate as the cake cooks, although I would recommend adding a touch of lemon juice as a stabalizer, so the layers separate properly. The goulash is a nice one on a cool fall or winter day that will warm you up nicely. It's definitely worth trying out these delicious classics.

When I clicked on the link to come to the site I thought this link for 325 charming Old-Fashioned recipes and 19 Vintage Recipes were going to be eBooks. Instead they were separate recipes and I was really disappointed.

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