More Lifelong Favorites

A collection of recipes from Senior Perspective

By Jim Palmer, Editor/Publisher of Senior Perspective

I attended a family get together last year in Duluth. It was a great chance for our family (on my mom’s side) to reconnect and get caught up on each other’s lives. It was also a time to reflect on those family members who are no longer with us. 

Some brought a dish to pass, and by the time everyone showed up with food, we had a nice little feast. My sister-in-law, Kari, brought a special apple cake to share. The recipe she used was passed down from my late great-aunt Ruth (Behning) Maki. I always considered Ruth kind of like another grandparent.

The apple cake was fantastic, of course, and it brought up several memories of Ruth in her prime. Ruth was a sweet and caring person who brought lots of positive energy and stability to the family. She was an artist, a dog lover and was always welcoming to our family. 

Ruth was also a bit of a prankster. My family’s favorite memory of Ruth came at a Fourth of July get together at her family’s cabin north of Duluth. The day was over, and we were all gathered around the campfire talking when Ruth (who was about 70 at the time) sneakily strolled near the fire and sprinkled a bunch of firecrackers into the fire. Needless to say, we all were surprised by the series of loud bangs that broke up the mellow gathering around the fire. But as surprised as we were with the noise, we were even more surprised when we realized who was the person responsible for the firecrackers. Ruth just stood next to the cabin and smiled. 

Food is one of those things that can bring up some great family memories like this one. And for some families, family recipes are as cherished (or more) than any family heirloom in the attic. An old family trunk or quilt is great to look at, but a good soup or cookie recipe can be enjoyed for generations... in a different way. I am including Ruth’s apple cake recipe on this page so you can try it, too. This recipe is the first of 295 recipes included in this cookbook. We have some really great recipes in this year’s book, many of which were submitted to the Senior Perspective newspaper in the last year. There are also recipes and photos that were submitted especially for this cookbook. We are thankful for all the recipes and photos. One quick note... since about 95 percent of this year’s recipes came from people living in Minnesota, all cities listed next to the names of people who submitted recipes are in Minnesota unless marked differently.

Do you have a family recipe that has been passed on from generation to generation that you would like to share with Senior Perspective? We would love to include it in our newspaper and our next cookbook. 


Just send the recipe, any photos, and any information surrounding the recipe and the person most famous for starting the tradition.

I hope you enjoy this year’s book!

                                          - Jim Palmer

Ruth’s Apple Cake

By Ruth Maki of Duluth


6 apples

2 tablespoons margarine/butter

1 1/3 cups sugar, divided

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups flour



Beat margarine/butter, 1 cup of sugar, eggs, milk, salt, baking powder, vanilla and flour on low speed until mixed. Pour batter into the prepared 9x13” pan. Peel, core and slice apples. Slide apples at an angle into the batter, trying not to touch bottom of pan with apples. Sprinkle 1/3 cup of sugar on top. Sprinkle cinnamon on top to taste. Bake 45 minutes and serve.


More Lifelong Favorites


A collection of recipes from Senior Perspective with fun pictures and tidbits shared by readers. Available from the advertisers each year in time for the holidays. Check out our shop if you haven't found a copy to purchase locally.


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