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Vintage Recipe for Chess Pie

Vintage Chess Pie Recipe


My grandmother first introduced me to chess pie way back in the early ’60s. I. Loved. It. Not only did she make it for holidays, she’d make one when I was at their house because she knew I loved it so much. My cousin loved her chocolate pie and she’d make one of those for her. It was yummy too, but chess was my fav! Now, a lifetime later, I realize she was making it for herself and Papaw as much as for me. 

I made it for my family and took it to all family reunions and holidays. It became a favorite of everyone. I’d show up and one of the first things asked was if I brought a chess pie. 

Mamaw didn’t use a recipe. She would say things like “butter the size of an egg” or “a handful of flour” for things. Yeah. I’m not that good. This recipe is as close to taste as hers as I ever found. Simply delicious. 


Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
Total time: 1 hour

Preheat oven to 350°


1-1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup (one stick) butter
3 eggs
1 Tablespoon cornmeal
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla

1 unbaked pie shell (I use store bought)


  1. Mix all ingredients
  2. Beat slightly (that’s important). It will have a slightly lumpy texture
  3. Pour into the unbaked pie shell
  4. Bake at 350° for 40-50 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. 

What can be easier than that? And yes, the crust should crack. It rises as it’s cooking then falls when it’s cooling.

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Cucumbers In Sour Cream Recipe

Cucumbers In Sour Cream Recipe : Just Vintage Home

Cucumbers in sour cream is a great summer dish! It’s one of my husband’s favorites.

Cucumbers In Sour Cream Recipe : Just Vintage Home


Cucumbers In Sour Cream Recipe

2 medium cucumbers
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons minced onion
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon chopped dill pickles
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon Accent
3 minced radishes

Mix sliced and peeled cucumbers with 3/4 teaspoon salt. Let stand in covered dish in refrigerator at least one hour. Drain. Mix remainder of ingredients and combine with cucumbers. Garnish with sliced radishes.

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Social Grill Vegetable Casserole Recipe

Social Grill Vegetable Casserole Recipe : Just Vintage Home

The Social Grill has been a fixture of downtown Birmingham, Alabama since, well since forever. This recipe was clipped from a Birmingham newspaper years ago.

Social Grill Vegetable Casserole Recipe : Just Vintage Home

Social Grill’s Vegetable Casserole

16 oz. mixed vegetables
1 cup sour cream
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 stick butter
1 8 oz. bag of stuffing mix
1 white onion, chopped

Cook onion with mixed vegetables. Drain vegetables. Add butter, sour cream and soup.

Line a casserole dish with 1/2 of the stuffing mix. Add the vegetable mixture. Top the vegetables with the remaining stuffing mix.

Bake at 350° until the top turns brown.

Note: The mixed vegetables should include green beans, corn, peas, carrots. Or you may substitute fresh vegetables. If thicker crust is desired, use a 16 oz. bag.

As a variation to the one pictured, use a Ritz Cracker crumb topping instead of the stuffing mix. Pour the butter on top of the cracker crumbs and bake.