Today, May 3, I suddenly became a year older. I am no longer in my 40s, 50s or 60. Suddenly I sound very old – but I feel fine so guess I will probably live another year.

On Wednesday our church had a book sale and you could buy a whole bag of books for $1. The total goes to help the homeless women at Forrest Avenue Baptist Church in Kansas City.

Every other month a group from our church goes there and puts together a meal for the ladies. Anyway, I bought two large bags of old cookbooks. I have been reading them and have a couple of good recipes for you.

I thoroughly enjoy reading cookbooks, especially the old ones. It makes me think of a young bride trying out the recipes for her new husband and then later children who enjoy the food too.

Green Bean Casserole

2 cans cut green beans

1 can fried onion rings

1 can cream of mushroom soup

Combine beans and soup in casserole and heat in oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Sprinkle top with onions and return to oven for 3-5 minutes. Serves 6.

Macaroni and Cheese

1 (7-ounce) package elbow macaroni

2 cups small curd cottage cheese

1 cup dairy sour cream

1 egg

3/4 teaspoon salt

8 ounces shredded American cheese

Cook and drain elbow macaroni. Combine cottage cheese, sour cream, beaten egg and salt. Add cheese. Stir into drained macaroni. Bake at 350 degrees in a greased casserole dish for 45 minutes.

Enchilada Pie

1 pound lean ground beef

1 onion, chopped

2 teaspoons salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 (10-ounce) can taco sauce

1 small can tomato sauce

6 tortillas

1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

Brown ground beef and onion. Add seasonings, taco sauce, tomato sauce. In a 2-quart casserole, alternate layers of tortillas, meal sauce and cheddar cheese. Add a little water if needed . Cover and bake in 400 degree oven for 20-30 minutes. Serves 6.

Wacky Cake

1 1/2 cup flour

1 cup sugar

2 or 3 tablespoons cocoa

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon soda

Sift in 8x10-inch Pyrex baking dish. Stir in:

1 cup cold water

6 tablespoons salad oil

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes in same pan as it is mixed in. You may double recipe and bake in 9x13-inch pan.

Peanut Butter Pie

1/4 cup white syrup

1 cup sugar

3 eggs

1/3 cup peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 unbaked pie shell

Beat all ingredients and put into unbaked pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees until pie sets. If top browns too fast, put foil paper over pie and lower heat.

Guess that is all the space I have left for this week. The weatherman promises us 80 degrees for the next few days, so get your garden seeds out and see what you want to plant for the coming season. See you next week!

Dixie Ryan lives in Odessa and has enjoyed sharing her cooking talents and secrets with readers for many years.