Jerri’s Deviled Eggs

For as long as I can remember I have liked deviled eggs. Perhaps it was because we raised chickens and had lots of fresh eggs that my mother used in many different ways: fried eggs, boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, custards, puddings, cakes, pies, breads, potato salad and deviled eggs. They were a regular feature of…
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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 a hot July day. It was 1954, and doctors confined new mothers in the hospital…
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Simple Salad

It was late summer in northern Wisconsin and the farmers market was loaded with lovely green peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes.  They would be a wonderful addition to a green salad, I thought, so I bought two of each and stopped to pick up the lettuce at the local supermarket.   Alas, there was no lettuce…
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Easy Beef Pot Roast

When we were growing up, we had a beef pot roast at least once a week.  Mom’s beef pot roasts were simple affairs made with chuck roast, water, vegetables, a bay leaf and salt and pepper.  Simple though they were, they tasted wonderful, especially with fresh rolls and plenty of butter. Later, when Bob and…
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Jerri’s Rhubarb Custard Pie

Once there was a restaurant in New Richmond that regulars called “the Polish palace” next to the Gem Theatre on Knowles Avenue. It opened about four in the morning when the owner walked in and left the door unlocked. In a few minutes you could buy a cup of fresh hot coffee and, when the…
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