Hog Jowl And Collard Greens

Once upon a time Jerri and I lived like slaves. That’s what we told our friends, but we were young, in love and newly married and we had found an apartment that we could afford. It was the basement level of a brick house built a few years before the Civil War near the courthouse…
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Buttermilk Whole Wheat Pancakes

As I have written before, my family ate a lot of pancakes when I was growing up, and Jerri and I still have pancakes at least once a week. When we have guests at the cabin, I usually make pancakes from recipes that call for folding beaten egg whites into the batter, which produces cakes…
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Spinach, Beef And Ravioli Soup

When I was twelve or thirteen years old, my father took me one day for a long walk in the woods behind my Grandpa Hopp’s farm. As I remember we were hunting for grouse, but today I think that the real reason was that Dad wanted to teach me a little history. It was a…
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Jeanni’s Red Velvet Cake-an Edible Valentine

I was in third grade at Blair School and looking forward to the Valentine’s Day party. Before any students arrived on that February 14th the teacher placed a cardboard box labeled “Valentines” in the cloakroom. The cloakroom was a narrow room that extended the full width of the school building with the outside entrance door…
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The Lazy Guy’s Blueberry Crumb Pie

The Lazy Guy’s Blueberry Crumb Pie Blueberry pies have a special place in my heart. The first pie I baked was a wild blueberry pie with a crust so tough it could have been used for body armor. Thanks to my mother, I now make pie crusts that, while not great, are edible and sometimes…
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