Finnish Macaroni And Beef

When I was a District Exchange Officer for Rotary districts in Minnesota and Wisconsin, I helped coordinate exchanges for students coming to our area from Finland and students from Minnesota and Wisconsin going to Finland.  It was a wonderful experience and I learned a lot.  For instance, I learned right away why Finnish students were…
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Black Walnut Fudge

In a good year for hazelnuts we kids picked buckets of the greenish pods from the shrubs in our woods and left the nuts to dry on the workbench in the garage.  It was a race with the red squirrels who also relished them.  We used to find piles of empty hazelnut shells on old…
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Muriel’s Peanut Brittle

Driving the church van, I got to know some wonderful people who rode to worship on Sunday mornings.  Hazel Olson was one, who gave me the cookie cutter that I used this week to make my grandmother’s date cookies.  If you want a special soft Christmas cookie that is easy to make you’ll find the…
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Mrs. Oblander’s Date Pudding

We first had this date pudding at my oldest brother-in-law’s home in Medicine Lodge, Kansas.  His mother-in-law, Mrs. Oblander, was visiting and impressed us all with this dessert one day.  Here is her date pudding recipe, which Jerri copied on a piece of note paper and noted that it was  “Easy/good.”  She was right.  It…
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Jerri’s Egg Noodles

Want a really easy way to impress guests with your skill in the kitchen?  Serve them homemade noodles in beef, chicken or turkey soup.  Jerri has been wowing me with her noodle-making ability for nearly five decades.   Once she taught me how to make them, I was less awed by her skill but still…
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