Grandma Emma’s Swedish Meatballs

Here is another recipe from Pegi’s grandmother, Emma Ada Melrose, that she passed on to her daughter and granddaughter. Dale and Pegi brought these Swedish meatballs to a church potluck a few years ago, and I asked for the recipe. Most Scandinavian recipes are light on spices, but Grandma Emma’s doesn’t call for any at…
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Dale’s San Francisco Stew

When I applied for admission to the University of Wisconsin in the spring of 1961, acceptance was automatic for any Wisconsin resident who graduated from high school with at least a “C” average grade point. Freshman students were also automatically assigned a room in one of the university residence halls. In loco parentis was the…
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Jalapeño Beef And Cornbread Casserole

We love to categorize people. We speak of the Greatest Generation, the Baby Boomers, and various Generations X,Y,Z. I think we are missing a good group noun that describes people like me born between 1915 and 1965. We are the Casserole Kids. Of course, casseroles were being cooked long before Europe erupted in the “War…
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Barley And Sausage Casserole

Whenever I think of barley, I am reminded of “The Lady of Shallott“ by Tennyson: “On either side the river lie Long fields of barley and of rye, That clothe the wold and meet the sky; And thro’ the field the road runs by            To many-tower’d Camelot….” Those opening lines are a wonderful example…
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Chicken Stroganoff

Although there were twenty or thirty bottles and cans of dried herbs and spices in my mother’s kitchen cabinet, I can remember only four that she grew herself One was mint, which she tended in a flower bed near the house. As I recall, she used it only to make mint jelly, though I may…
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