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Mom’s Glazed Sweet Potatoes

I think one of the most requested dishes of my mom for extended family holiday gatherings was her sweet potatoes (her minced meat pie was the other). It was also one of the messiest dishes to transport as the sauce had a tendency to spill out on some turn or hill as we went; however, […]

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Mashed Potato Pancakes a.k.a. Potato Cakes

There were very few things my mom refused to eat and many of them had some childhood memory associated with them. Cold mashed potatoes were one of those things. She said that by the time the got to eat the mashed potatoes they were often cold. Thus at our house, mashed potatoes were one of […]

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Simply Mashed Potatoes

Although there are times when I want to make mashed potatoes ahead or to change their texture or taste, I find myself most often making the basic mashed potatoes that my mom used to make. The ones that are smooth (or mostly smooth) and creamy. The ones that go great with gravy. Sure, they are […]

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Cooked Rhubarb

Whether you call it stewed rhubarb, rhubarb compote, or any other name, this simple, delicious preparation of rhubarb reminds me of my mom. She just called it cooked rhubarb. She often made it from the fresh rhubarb in my parents yard or what she had frozen during the growing season. In fact, she often served […]

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Simple Cucumbers and Onions

This super simple mixture of cucumbers and onions is a refreshing and delicious dish. My mother and grandmothers would often serve it from as soon as the cucumbers ripened in the summer through the early fall. Today, I often make it using the “hot house” or “hydroponic” cucumbers available in supermarket all year round. In […]

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Corned Beef Hash and Hominy

Do you have leftover corned beef?  You could use it to make a Ruben casserole or one of my mom’s “go to” meals, corned beef hash and hominy. What made it a “go to” or last minute meal for my mom was that we never had corned beef except out of a can.  I am […]

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Roasted Cauliflower

My mom was a great cook; however, her boiled cauliflower with butter was not very tasty. She rarely served it with cheese sauce (the only way I could get my husband to agree to eat it for a while) thus, I preferred to eat it raw. I wish my mom had known about roasting cauliflower. […]

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Kale with Raisins and Cranberries

Kale is not only a “super-food,” it also seems to be super popular right now. It has a bitterness to it sometimes, so it has not been my favorite green. However, I do love its nutritional values! If you get it straight from your garden or your local farmer’s market, it is less likely to […]

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German Home-Style Red Cabbage

I found a cookbook in the library called The Cuisines of Germany by Horst Scharfenberg. After reading just a few pages, I was hooked. Despite it being out of print, I managed to track down a copy on the Internet.  It is now among my favorite cookbooks in my collection. The  region where I currently […]

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Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

It is a great help to be able to make some side dishes ahead of time whether you are serving a large crowd, a holiday meal, or even a small family dinner. It is even better when those sides are simple to make and loved by kids. My version of mashed potatoes that can be […]

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