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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The Wonder That Is Miracle Whip


I won’t even tell you how long it took me, or how many stores I had to go to, to find a jar of Miracle Whip today. OK, three hours and seven stores. Well, that long and that many stores to find a jar that had an expiration date in the future. There are a…
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Applesauce Squares

I think Grandma made these every Saturday night to have for Sunday so that when anyone came to visit she would have them on hand. She must have made them in a jellyroll pan because when I have tried to make them in a regular 9 x 13 pan — they just don’t seem the…
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Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Please


It’s a rainy day here in California. Not too cold, but wet and rainy none the less. On rainy days when we were kids, lunch often times consisted of a bowl of Campbell’s Tomato Soup and a Grilled Cheese Sandwich. When we were kids, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches were made from slices of Velveeta cheese and…
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Shrove Tuesday

Donuts! What exactly is Shrove Tuesday, you may be asking yourself? … the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of fasting and prayer called Lent. The word shrove is the past tense of the English verb shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins by way of confession and doing…
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Potatoes Tomatoes Corn


At any time when Grandma K. couldn’t think of what to make for dinner, she would go downstairs to the basement and grab a jar of tomatoes and corn that she had canned the previous fall. She would then take the jar upstairs to the kitchen and make something out of it. She’d just heat…
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Tuna Noodle Casserole


It may be questionable that Tuna Noodle Casserole qualifies as a choice for Fish Friday, but it does have fish in it, and there isn’t any meat in so it should, right? Yes, I think so too. I don’t recall ever having Tuna Noodle Casserole so much when I was a kid that I learned…
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