Buttered Rutabaga

“I think Pa had a blacksmith make this tool. Can you guess what it’s for?” my father asked me. He was giving his five-year-old son an educational tour of Grandpa Rang’s barn. The tool he was showing me had a flat steel blade with a slightly curved cutting edge mounted on a long wooden handle…
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Marlene’s Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Like many great recipes, this one has a history. To learn who Marlene was and how Denise got the recipe, just skip to the NOTES. If you also want to learn how to make a delicious chocolate cake, just keep reading. It all started a few weeks ago when I refused to buy a large…
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Erynn’s Egg Bites

In 1973 we bought a copy of The Last Whole Earth Catalog, and we still have it. The 60’s and 70’s were the two decades most associated with the back-to-the-land culture, and though we never moved to a subsistence farm in the middle of nowhere, we had friends who tried it. We bought the catalog…
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Like Roaring River Chess Pie

Nearly fifty years ago I tasted my first piece of Chess Pie. It was really special. Jerri and I were on our honeymoon for a week at Roaring River State Park in southwest Missouri. The Ozark mountains offer some beautiful vistas, and the cold clear water of the Roaring River reminds me of the streams…
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Pork And Squash Sauté

When I was growing up, there were no Community Supported Agriculture farmers or CSA’s. The first CSA’s appeared in the 1990’s. A majority of Americans still had a close connection to farmers, ranchers or gardeners. When children went to school they learned about the farmers who built our country. On the playgrounds, kids exchanged stories…
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