Cherry Torte

Jerri’s Cherry Torte

Over four thousand years ago, a scribe in Sumeria (modern-day southern Iraq) wrote down the recipe for beer on a clay tablet. He composed it as a hymn to Ninkasi, the goddess of beer and brewing. The name means “The Lady who fills the mouth,” and the hymn may have been written to help apprentice…
Read More

Pork Broccoli Mushrum SF

Pork And Broccoli Stir-Fry

Lard sandwiches. They don’t sound very tasty to me, but lard is actually lower in saturated fats than butter and contains none of the trans fats found in most margarines. Of course, in the Great Depression people didn’t eat lard sandwiches for the health benefits. They ate them because lard was cheap. They trimmed the…
Read More

Banana Pancake done

Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

Bananas were a special treat for us kids when I was growing up, so special that I tried to save a small banana that was the hot lunch dessert one day. I tucked it into my jeans pocket to take it home. After lunch I joined a bunch of guys in a softball game. As…
Read More

Spaghetti of the Night

Spaghetti Of The Night

My mother would never have made Spaghetti of the Night (Spaghetti alla Puttanesca) if she had known any Italian. She and my father once did give a young woman who had quit her job as a stripper at the Phipps Tavern a ride into Hayward so she could catch the bus back to St. Paul.…
Read More

Crabapple Jelly

Crabapple Jelly

My Grandpa Hopp introduced me to hummingbirds when I was a toddler. I don’t remember those very early years, but Grandpa told me about them when I was older. By the time I was four or five, I remember his sitting with me in the stone porch and pointing out the hummingbirds as they swarmed…
Read More