Category Archives: Fruits

Jerri’s Cranberry Sauce and Relish

For the past twenty years or so, Jerri and I have been buying ten pounds of fresh cranberries each fall at marshes near Stone Lake. Wisconsin. Cranberries freeze well, so we measure three cups into quart freezer bags and in … Continue reading

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Wild Raspberry Jam

When I got back to the cabin from trimming one of the trails, I found a note on the table from Jerri that said simply, “11:20 Gone a-berrying.” Whenever I see that expression I am reminded of Walden. Thoreau wrote … Continue reading

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Etta’s Easy Cobbler

In 1949 my parents bought 76 acres about 4 miles north of Hayward.  The land was a quarter mile west of the Namekagon River.  They could have bought 80 acres on the river for the same price, but my mother … Continue reading

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Blancmange

My mother made most of our desserts.  In the winter she made lots of pies and cakes, but often we had just berries, peaches or pears she had canned the previous summer.  When we were lucky she would bake a … Continue reading

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Blueberry Pie

Berry picking was a regular summer weekend activity for my family when I was growing up.  Most berry picking expeditions were fun, but there were times when we kids dreaded those hot afternoons on logging roads and in the woods, … Continue reading

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The Blueberry Pie

Of all my experiences in the kitchen, one stands out as a brave attempt, a failure and a testament of love.  Two months and two weeks after my eleventh birthday, my sister Patsy made her appearance in the world on … Continue reading

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