Sweet And Sour – Mrs. Friend’s Lemon Pie

I think about Johnson a lot. That’s not his real name, but it will do. It was the summer of 1967, and I had lucked into a job teaching 9th grade English at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia. Hargrave Military Academy was then and still is considered an excellent military boarding school for boys…
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Jerri’s Deviled Eggs

For as long as I can remember I have liked deviled eggs. Perhaps it was because we raised chickens and had lots of fresh eggs that my mother used in many different ways: fried eggs, boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, custards, puddings, cakes, pies, breads, potato salad and deviled eggs. They were a regular feature of…
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The Blueberry Pie

Of all my experiences in the kitchen, one stands out as a brave attempt, a failure and a testament of love. Two months and two weeks after my eleventh birthday, my sister Patsy made her appearance in the world on a hot July day. It was 1954, and doctors confined new mothers in the hospital…
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Simple Salad

It was late summer in northern Wisconsin and the farmers market was loaded with lovely green peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes.  They would be a wonderful addition to a green salad, I thought, so I bought two of each and stopped to pick up the lettuce at the local supermarket.   Alas, there was no lettuce…
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Easy Beef Pot Roast

When we were growing up, we had a beef pot roast at least once a week.  Mom’s beef pot roasts were simple affairs made with chuck roast, water, vegetables, a bay leaf and salt and pepper.  Simple though they were, they tasted wonderful, especially with fresh rolls and plenty of butter. Later, when Bob and…
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