Wild Blackberry Pie

On Sunday afternoons in summer, our family went “a-berrying.” In late July we picked raspberries, which was challenging. Raspberries have an annoying habit of sagging in your pail. You set the pail down when it looks nearly full, rest a few minutes in the shade and come back to find that your nearly full pail…
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Cabin Pot Roast

This is the story of a pot roast cooked over thirty years ago by two men in a primitive cabin along the English River in Ontario, Canada. I had persuaded four friends that it would be fun to spend a week catching lots of fish in a remote area that would remind them of their…
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Easy Cherry Crisp

When the Cherry Man stopped at our house, my sisters and I welcomed him with shouts of joy. Mom was also happy to see him. The truck had a white insulated box with hand-painted cherries decorating the doors on each side. When the driver opened a door to get a can of frozen cherries for…
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Aunt Dorothy’s Chicken Supreme

There was a lull in customers at the meat counter, so the butcher and I chatted for a minute. Since he had some gray in his hair, I felt a certain kinship with him and risked asking whether his mother had made dishes with cream of mushroom soup poured over meat and various other ingredients.…
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Classic Shrimp Scampi

Scampi is one of those confusing words that in America may refer to large shrimp or to a method of cooking different kinds of meat. When people hear the word “scampi,” they are probably thinking of shrimp scampi, but there are also versions of scampi made with pork, chicken or scallops. All of them feature…
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