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Grand-mom, Granny, and the Doctor, 3 Nurses into old Food Recipes

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So, these three women have been a significant factor in my life since I first started dating the one in the middle. The lady on the left was my mother in-law until her passing some years back. The lady on the right was the Rooster and Wife’s first born. The woman in the middle is the lady the Rooster has had to answer to for over 50 years. All 3 ladies became Registered Nurses, one, she’s on the right, has become a Doctor of Nursing Practice over the years. Recently while going through some old family artifacts we found a cookbook from 1935 era belonging to my mother in-law. I will share today with you a much loved baked morsel that dates back to forever in this family. Just today I had a piece from a fresh baked Shoo Fly Pie. I share the How-to make with you now.
Sometime around 1935 this recipe appeared in, and I’m guessing here, “The Wilmington, DE News Journal. The wife’s mother started a cook book back then and I hope from time to time to add some more recipes.
The original family cook book, Circa 1935, the year the happy couple moved from Philadelphia to Wilmington. I can only wonder what grand delicacies were dripped onto the cover over the years.
From that newspaper recipe, this is what was mailed up to Connecticut from Mother to Daughter back in the mid-60’s.

The Nursing Notes for Shoo-Fly Pie

After following the recipe to a “T”, this is our final written word.

Line 2 pie pans with pie crust

Make Crumbs

  1. 3 cups of flour, 1 cup of Brown Sugar, (may use white) a generous 1/2 cups of shortening ( I split 1/2 Lard – 1/2 Butter) Mix with fingers till it resembles fine crumbs. Reserve 1 cup of crumbs to put on top of pie.
2. To the remaining crumbs add one teaspoon of cinnamon and one teaspoon of nutmeg.

3. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of Baking Soda in 1/2 teaspoon of Vinegar.

4. Mix together 1 cup of Dark Molasses with 1 cup of boiling water, add dissolved Baking Soda and Vinegar to Molasses mixture.

5. Add all to crumb mix, mix well, pour batter into lined pie pans.

6. Sprinkle the reserved crumbs evenly over the two pies.

7. Bake in 350 deg oven 30-45 minute until tooth pick comes out clear.

Let cool, eat and enjoy!

The finished product. Just so great with a cup of coffee in the morning.
Don’t forget to check on the elderly and for goodness sake, wear your mask.

Semper Fi

the Rooster


  1. I really enjoyed this post! I remember reading about Shoo-Fly Pie in books when I was little. I didn’t know what it was, so I asked my mother about it. After learning what it was, I was not successful in my begging efforts to get her to make it. Oh, no, too much sugar, bad, bad, bad.

  2. Marvelous post! I particularly enjoyed the three photos of the special nurses.

  3. Janet Hoke says:

    Try again so please lmk if you got this happy family memories 🤟❤️

  4. Chrissie says:

    Shoo-Fly Pie used to be my favorite! Then over the years I forgot it existed. Thanks for writing about it. I might have to try making it. Love the pics, too.

    • Thanks Chrissi, You’ve been ever faithful to the post a day Thanksgiving. You are an inspiring human being. Happiness Eng, just love that title. Careful on the slopes, if snow ever comes.

      • Chrissie says:

        Ha. I have to admit I cheat. I try to write three a month and schedule them to go out each day. I used to write and post the same day, but it got stressful. Thanks for the slope wishes. We were out last weekend, and it was so good to be back on the board.

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