Grandma S’s Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

This is the recipe that must be present at every single family event. Having a cookout? Make cheesy potatoes. Christmas or Thanksgiving. Gotta have homemade cheesy potatoes. They are a family tradition! Even though this recipe is from my husband’s grandma its now a staple at events with my side of the family too!

Handwritten Cheesy Potatoes Recipe. Also called Potatoes Deluxe or Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole.

This recipe was in both Grandma R’s and Grandma S’s recipe boxes! They were friends so often I will spot Grandma S’s handwriting in Grandma R’s box and vice versa. However one recipe called for 1 pound of hash browns and the other called for 2. It’s 2! I was pretty sure it would be because that is how big a frozen bag of hash browns are. Thankfully this was easy to test because I know how they are supposed to look and can just start with half the bag.

I know that the recipe calls them Potatoes Deluxe but that’s not the name that stuck! You know how that goes, you pick the perfect name for your child, and grandpa starts calling them Stinkpot and it sticks. That’s pretty much what we did with Cheesy Potatoes. To be even more confusing I say Cheesy Potato Casserole if I am baking them like I did this time but, if they are in the crock-pot they are just Cheesy Potatoes.

To further dishonor this recipe there are never any onions used. I have a theory it’s because my mother in law just can’t stand them so over time they have just gotten left out. I’m sure it would be delicious with the onions as written. I also almost never put anything on top. Sorry Grandma!

This is one of those recipes that I just make without measuring because I make them so much I don’t need to any more. Just to be sure for sharing I actually followed the recipe this time!

Cheesy potatoes. A cheesy hash brown casserole in a baking dish. Also a single serving on a plate.

This picture is one of those extra sentimental ones I love. It’s Grandma S’s Cheesy Potatoes looking pretty on one of her vintage table cloths. I wish the Fiestaware had a history that I knew but it is just from my collection.

Grandma S's Cheesy Potatoes

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Our family's must have side dish. Cheesy potatoes go great with everything but are especially good on holidays.

Optional: Add 1 cup of chopped onion. Top with corn flakes or crushed potato chips.



  • 2 lbs frozen hash browns thawed
  • 1 lb sour cream
  • 1 stick of butter melted
  • 8 oz shredded cheese
  • salt and pepper

Recipe Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well.
  2. Spread evenly in a lightly greased 9×13 pan.
  3. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until golden brown.


Per Serving: 307 calories; 26.2 g fat; 12.5 g carbohydrates; 7.2 g protein; 57 mg cholesterol; 205 mg sodium.

Optional Ingredients and Tips

  • Mix in 1 cup chopped onions.
  • Top with crushed potato chips or corn flakes.
  • You can use frozen hash browns just add about 1/2 hour to the cook time.
  • This also can be made in the crock pot. Just mix it all together and about 4 hours on high or 6 on low.
Close up of Cheesy Potatoes in the baking dish. Top is golden and edges are dark and crispy.
Those crispy edges are the best part! We all fight for a corner piece!

Need a main dish to go with these homemade cheesy potatoes? They go extra well with chicken! This recipe for Buttermilk Fried Chicken will walk you though all the steps to make perfectly crispy fried chicken. Looking for something a bit more healthy? Check out this Air Fryer Chicken recipe. There are also instructions for oven frying.

Don’t forget to make dessert! This super easy chocolate Wacky Cake recipe is good frosted or just sprinkled with powered sugar. Don’t want to bake? These no bake Canadian Cottage Cookies are packed with coconut, chocolate, and oat meal.

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Summertime Favorites: Try These Recipes for Your Next BBQ

I just love taking a dish to pass to a BBQ, cookout, potluck, family event, whatever you want to call it I want to bring something! Maybe it’s a little bit to show off but I really do enjoy cooking for others. I’ve gather up some of the best BBQ side dish recipes I could find to share with you! Let me know what you decide to make.

Usually I like to make a side dish or salad and a dessert. I have already made a post with my Favorite Dessert Bar recipes so I won’t repeat those here. Dessert bars are especially well suited for sharing. Be sure to check that post out!

Salad Recipes

Summer time cookouts always have me wanting something cool and fresh! Here are some of my favorite salad recipes for you to try:

This Broccoli Salad recipe is one of my personal favorites. It’s a vintage recipe that I’m sure you have had at some point. The combination of sweet and tangy is perfect for summer. Make this one at least a few hours before but its best if it can sit overnight. My hubby wanted me to skip the raisins because “that’s weird” but as usual I didn’t listen and he liked it just fine. Don’t let the odd combination scare you!

Dairy Free Balsamic Blueberry & Broccoli Salad is fresh take on the more traditional Broccoli Salad I’ve made. Using dairy free yogurt instead of mayonnaise keeps this allergy safe for those with a dairy allergy. It’s not necessary but is better for this to be made at least an hour ahead of when you plan to serve it.

Summer Pickled Cucumbers might be my Mom’s favorite food! Simple and fresh they are perfect for your summer parties. Not only great as a BBQ side dish these go great on hamburgers or hotdogs. Double or triple this if you have an excess of cucumbers from your garden.

Corn & Black Bean Salad is an easy and colorful salad that happens to be both vegan and paleo! Not only is a great for a cookout recipe it will also make a great side dish for your favorite Mexican meal. You could even bulk it up on a bed of spinach or greens and have it for Meatless Monday.

For something a bit different that everyone will love try this Refreshing Mango Salsa Salad. I think this would go especially well with fish or chicken.

Cookie and sweet treat Recipes

You can’t go wrong taking something sweet! Who doesn’t like dessert? I’ve made a point to only share easy recipes here. Two just happen to be gluten free! And one has a surprise ingredient. We haven’t forgotten our vegan friends either. Too hot to turn on your oven? Don’t worry I’ve got a no-bake cookie recipe for you too!

Potato Chip Cookies are the perfect combination of sweet and salty. Everyone loves this vintage recipe and is surprised to find out what makes them so good is that they have potato chips in them! This might be one to make after your cookout with mostly gone bag of chips that always seem to be leftover!

Too hot to bake? No problem! Try these Canadian Cottage Cookies. The addition of shredded coconut and nuts really makes these easy no bake cookies tasty. Don’t care for nuts? No problem just leave them out and use a bit more shredded coconut.

These are my number one most often made cookie. Why? They only take 4 ingredients!!! Peanut butter, egg, sugar, and vanilla. That’s it! Heck you could even skip the vanilla if you wanted! I hope you will give these 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies a try! These also happen to be gluten free!

If you want to take just a little something Grandma S’s Butterscotch Brownies would be an excellent choice. They make a small 8×8 pan.

Gotta have cake? This chocolaty cake from the depression era is just what you need. Wacky Cake uses no eggs or oil. Like the Butterscotch Brownie recipe this only makes a 8×8 pan. Perfect for a smaller gathering. Another one of those old fashioned recipes that happens to meet special diet rules, Wacky Cake is vegan.

I hope you have found a new favorite summer time recipe. This truly is a collection of the best of the best! Find me on Facebook or Twitter and tell me what you made!

A special thank you to my talented friends at Foodie Home Chef and Not Quiet Super Mom for letting me share a couple of their best recipes with you! Be sure to check them out

3 Vintage Sourdough Recipes That Aren’t Bread

Did you make a sourdough starter during the pandemic? Sick of making bread? Here are 3 vintage recipes for you to try, that aren’t bread! Rolls, Banana Bread, and Biscuits! Plus one small ingredient swap and you can have shortcake instead! All from Grandma R’s recipe box so you know they are good.

Need to make a sourdough starter? Here is one to get you started. Beginner Sourdough Starter Recipe.

I’ll be sure to update once I’ve tried them all! Stay tuned.

Sour Dough Rolls

I can almost smell these! Who doesn’t love rolls? You can’t beat fresh bakes sourdough rolls. Definitely don’t forget to brush with butter at the end. Yum.


  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 C warm water
  • 1 C sourdough
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 5 1/2 to 6 C sifted flour
  • 1/2 tsp soda

In a large bowl soften yeast in warm water. Blend in sour dough, salt and sugar. Add 2 1/2 C flour. Beat 3-4 minutes with an electric mixer. Cover. Let rise about 1 1/2 hours. Combine soda and 2 1/2 cups flour, stir into dough, add enough to make a stiff dough.

Turn on floured board and knead 5-7 minutes. Cover about 10 minutes. Shape into rolls or bread. Place on greased baking sheet.

Bake at 375 for 35-40 minutes. Brush with butter.

Sourdough Banana bread

Now I already have a favorite banana bread recipe. I make it at least once a month to use up all those bananas that go brown too fast.

Tip: Once a banana is looking good and brown (you know the one) I toss it in the freezer. When you have 2 or 3 saved you are ready to make banana bread. If you are like us it won’t take that long! Pull what you need out to thaw, cut the tips off, and squeeze right into the bowl. They are already mashed.

Like I do in my other banana bread recipe I’d likely use brown sugar in this. Brown sugar just really gives an extra kick to banana bread.


  • 1/3 C shortening
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 C sourdough
  • 3/4 chopped nuts
  • 1 C mashed bananas
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Mix shortening, sugar, adding egg and mix. Stir in bananas and sour dough. Sift dry ingredients and add to first mixture. Add nuts. Stir a little. Pour into greased loaf pan.

Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes.

Sourdough biscuits or short cake

Did someone say shortcake??? Strawberry shortcake is one of my number one favorite summer desserts. Especially if you go the extra mile and make homemade whipped cream. Making your own whipped cream is so easy! It really makes your dessert extra special.


  • 1 C sourdough
  • 1 C flour
  • 1/4 C oil
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Mix together, knead and cut.

Bake at 400 until lightly brown.

Yield 12-18 biscuits.

Sourdough Short Cake

Same as above. Add 2 TBSP sugar to the biscuit recipe and press into pan.

I hope you have found some inspiration here for new sourdough recipes! I hope you will leave a comment or tell me about it on Facebook.

Broccoli Salad

I adore this salad! Sweet and tangy broccoli salad with bacon, raisins, and sunflower seeds.

A perfect summer side dish. Make up a batch for your next cook out. Check out Summer Cucumber Salad too.

This recipe was in Grandma R’s huge recipe box. I’m has a note that I was given to her by Cindy Rehm. I hope to find out more about her if possible. For now I will just share the recipe with you.

Broccoli Salad


  • 1 large bunch broccoli
  • 6 slices crisp cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1/3 C raisins (or more)
  • 1/3 C sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 red onion chopped

Ingredients for dressing:

  • 1/2 C mayo
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar

Mix first ingredients in a large bowl. Stir dressing ingredients in small bowl and pour over the broccoli mix. Combine well and refrigerate at least 2 hours but best overnight.

Summer Pickled Cucumbers

As soon as it starts to warm up I’m ready to switch from heavy winter foods and ready for light fresh summer delights! Salads, veggies, pickles, grilled foods, and ice cream are all things I look forward to.

This recipe came to me in a swap from the book loving website of Litsy. I only received this and started making it on 2018 but I had enjoyed the many times before.

Check out the beautiful handwriting!

My mom shares my love of these easy sweet pickles so I decided to make a quick batch for our Memorial Day cookout.

You will also enjoy this Broccoli Salad recipe. It’s another classic summer dish. Like these easy pickles it gets better after sitting at least 24 hours.

There you have it! An easy and delicious summer side dish.

I’m pretty sure my neighbors were watching me try to get good lighting and take a these pictures out side! Ha! The things you do for blogging!

3+ Vintage Cornbread Recipes Your Grandma Wants you to Try

Update: 7/22/2020

With snow in the forecast (in late April!!) I knew I should make one last batch of chili. And of course chili is so much better with cornbread. So I dove into my recipe boxes to see what I could find. There were only 3 cornbread recipes to choose from. Here they are with the one I chose as number 3.

1. Crusty Corn Bread. This one looks well loved and pretty straight forward.

Recipe, vintage recipe, recipe card, corn bread

I finally got around to trying another cornbread recipe and I can’t pick a favorite! I just plain love cornbread.

Did something a bit different and baked it in our pellet smoker! We were making chili on it anyway and it saved me turning on the oven. Unfortunately because of the relatively short cook time and high temperature it didn’t absorb much, if any of the smoke flavor. It was a fun experiment and I’d definitely try it again.

Crusty Corn Bread

  • 1 C flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 1 C yellow corn meal
  • 1 well beaten egg
  • 1 C milk
  • 1/2 C meted shortening

Sift flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. Mix with corn meal. Combine egg, milk, and shortening, add to dry ingredients. Stir until moistened.

Bake in a 9 inch square pan. 450 degrees for about 25 minutes.

I only had white corn meal on hand so that’s what I used. Whenever possible I like to use my cast iron skillet so I used that here too.

2. Spoon Corn Bread. Look at that beautiful (if a bit hard to read) handwriting!

Corn bread, recipe

3. Corn Bread. Typed on a beautiful recipe card this was my choice! Baking in a cast iron skillet is something I haven’t done and was excited to try.

Recipe, corn bread, recipe card

Corn Bread from the Kitchen of Margaret Scruby:

  • 1 1/2 cups white corn meal
  • 3 Tbls enriched flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg (slightly beaten)
  • 2 Tbls drippings (I use bacon drippings)

Sift dry ingredients into a mixing bowl. Add buttermilk and egg, stirring until combined. Melt drippings in iron skillet and add to batter. Pour batter into hot skillet, 10″, and bake in hot oven (475 degrees) 20-25 minutes.

Fresh from the oven!

My tips:

  • Wait until it is really nice and golden brown.
  • I repeat do not take it out early! The crunchy bits are the best part.
  • Use 2 Tbls of white vinegar to milk if like me you forgot to buy buttermilk.
Looking delicious in my chili!
Delicious with a little butter.

Vintage Recipe Project has a treasure trove of wonderful recipes! Really spend some time digging on their blog.

Corn Bread from 1931 and New England Corn Bread are both on my need to try list!

All the vintage recipes spell it two words corn bread BUT modern recipes are cornbread. So I used both!