Jerri’s Mom’s Borscht

Jerri has been making borscht since we were married.  It is always delicious though frequently slightly different, as she has never written down what she does.  Basically, she just tries to make it the way she remembers her mom made it. She checked her Mennonite cookbooks for borscht recipes, but they really did not help…
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Sour Cream Blue Cheese Dressing

In 1971 food was more important than cookbooks in the Rang family.  Fortunately we received two or three good ones as wedding presents, and Jerri’s trusty Dinner for Two Cook Book was still usable, even though we had a third mouth to feed by that time. Maybe it was just the excitement of having some…
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Crockpot Kalua Pork/Elk

If a graduation party or Memorial Day family reunion is on your calendar, here is a recipe that will make your life easier and wow your guests.  It takes about 5  minutes work in the kitchen, but the result is pulled pork that is moist, tender and delicious.  And if some of the gang say…
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Fried Brook Trout

Recently I found a photo of Gus Gauch, the old Swiss farmer who taught me, among other things, how to fish trout, tie flies and make really good macaroni and cheese.    The odd thing about the photo is that Gus looks like a young man.  He is standing next to his new wife with…
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Mennonite Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

When I was a kid, nearly every garden in northern Wisconsin featured two perennial vegetables.  Both yield better when they have a chance to rest during a nice cold winter, which helps explain why they were so popular in our part of the United States. The first was a row of winter onions.  My father…
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