The Local Swimming Hole

Butler Pool 2

In Butler, Pennsylvania, circa the 1960s and 70s while I was growing up, the place to be at this time of year was the Butler Memorial Pool. OK, so maybe it was not a swimming hole, per se, but it was our urban equivalent. This is the place every one in town went to on…
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Picnic Food: Mom’s Macaroni Salad


The last recipe in the week of Miracle Whip picnic salad recipes is Mom’s Macaroni Salad. I remember Mom making this one to take to Grandma’s Sunday picnics. She would make a big batch of it and take it to the picnic in the “Big Yellow Bowl”. When I asked her for the recipe, she…
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Fish Friday: Tuna Salad


Today’s salad didn’t show up at family picnics, but it was a staple of summer time lunches when we were kids, and is in keeping with this week’s theme on Miracle Whip. When we were kids, it was Tuna Fish Salad on Wonder Bread Sandwiches. These days, I like my Tuna Salad Sandwiches on toasted…
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Picnic Food: Potato Salad


Potato Salad is a must include for any family gathering or picnic. There are many variations on the potato salad theme, but this recipe is pretty much how my Mom made it when we were kids. She may have added chopped cucumber as well, but it’s not in the salad in the picture above. Potato…
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Picnic Food: Egg Salad


Egg Salad didn’t show up often but it was greatly appreciated when it did. This is another recipe that appreciates that jar of Miracle Whip. Egg Salad For Two Ingredients: 4 Eggs, hard boiled 2 big tablespoons or so of Miracle Whip A dash of Salt A lot of Black Pepper (to taste) Directions: Hard…
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Picnic Food: Cole Slaw


Cole Slaw is one of those veggie things from my childhood that I actually loved (as opposed to cookies, cakes, and pie :) While today there are many takes and variations on what Cole Slaw is and what Cole Slaw isn’t, this recipe is what it was when I was growing up. When I was…
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Into The Woods

Grandma walked beside me as we walked the ruts that were sometimes a path and other times a road, up the hill behind her house. Out the back door, past the Chestnut Tree, up past the Pine Tree, past the garden, and on. Once we made it past the demarcation point, where the manicured lawn…
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