Nana's Recipe Box

French Dressing

June 1, 2009

Nana’s Recipe box

French Dressing from Shawn Stratmann on Vimeo.

This was the first recipe I made from my Nana’s recipe box. There is something nostalgic about French Dressing for me…it is the dressing I probably ate most as a child (that and Good Seasonings Italian).

When I first tried this recipe in the 90’s, I had no idea what the outcome would be because the recipe card called it “House Dressing”. With great anticipation I followed the recipe to a tee…anxious to try the dressing that would accompany me to a family dinner. When I finished making it, I remember laughing out loud thinking…FRENCH DRESSING????? I have to tell you though…it is OUTSTANDING and so easy to make. Enjoy!


1/2 C Oil
1/4 C Vinegar (I use rice wine vinegar)
1/2 C Catsup
1/2 C Sugar
1/2 C Chopped onion
1 Tsp Lemon Juice
1 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Paprika

Mix all together in a blender until smooth.

Strawberry Pie

May 18, 2009

My Nana was a GREAT Pie maker. I found this SWEET TREAT in her box and thought it the perfect recipe to share as we near STRAWBERRY PICKING SEASON. What I love about this recipe the most is how SIMPLE it is if you purchase a frozen/refrigerated pie crust and cook it first!

Strawberry Pie from Shawn Stratmann on Vimeo.


  • 1 Quart Strawberries
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 1/3 Cup Water
  • 4T Cornstarch
  • 1 Cooked Pie Crust

Simmer 1 Cup Mashed berries with 1 Cup Sugar and 1 Cup Water for 15 minutes. Mix cornstarch with 1/3 cup water and add to the mixture. Cook until thick and glossy. Cool and fold in rest of the berries (chopped). Carefully pour mixture into cooked pie crust. Refrigerate and serve with VANILLA ICE CREAM!

Blue Cheese Dressing

May 12, 2009


Nana’s recipe box from Shawn Stratmann on Vimeo.

  • 1 cup Mayo
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 4 oz Blue Cheese
  • 1 TBS Cider Vinegar
  • A shake of Onion Salt

Mix well and refrigerate up to a week.

I was excited to find this recipe for Blue Cheese Dressing in Nana’s box. One of my favorite salads is THE WEDGE!!!!. A quarter head of iceberg drizzled with Nana’s dressing, topped with tomatoes and bacon…YUM…doesn’t get much better than this! Click here to download the recipe card.

Nana’s Recipe Box

May 4, 2009

I was always enchanted with my Great-Grandmother NANA. I RARELY saw her when I was a child…maybe 2 times a year. Each of these visits introduced me to bits and pieces about her that I grew to love and appreciate…even more so now that she has passed. Nana had a thick New England accent, a touch of a cantankerous manner and was sharp as a tack. She didn’t pay all that much attention to me but that didn’t really bother me much because I was always in awe of her. She resided in Maine in the summer, owning two homes. One sat on a typical Maine road where I specifically remember her beautiful flower gardens and spying her bedroom for costume jewelry treasures. Her other home in Maine was a “camp” on Flying Pond. I can conjure up memories of blueberry picking, walks in the woods, and taking a bath in the pond using only ivory soap. These visits each summer were formative to how much I love Maine today.

Her other home was in Florida. It was there that I learned how to shuffle board and was given free reign to ride her three-wheel bike around her community as soon as I was old enough to reach the pedals. Maine in the summer, Florida in the winter. She had BEAUTIFUL treasures in each home…glass and china, a pretty vanity, collectables from her travels, and the most stunning rustic braided rugs strewn on the floors, so indicative of Maine. My Nana was a GREAT baker and cook and loved to travel, garden and complete projects encompassing many home arts. When I think of her now, I realize how much she and I have in common and find myself wishing I could know her today.
When Nana passed away, I became the owner of one of her BIGGEST treasures…HER RECIPE BOX. You know that proverbial question…if you had 10 minutes to grab something out of the house…what you would grab? Well for me…the recipe box is at the top of the list. By sharing her famous edible delights, I continue her legacy for my family. Each Monday, I will share with you a TREASURED RECIPE in new series called Nana’s Recipe Box. I hope you enjoy her recipes and cooking as much as my family has.

This series is dedicated to my Nana, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.


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