Eulogy for My Grandmother

Shortly after my grandmother Mary passed away, our family gathered on Mother’s Day to remember her life and note her passing. I was honored to officiate at this service. In consultation with the rest of the family, we had developed a set of readings and songs that we felt were appropriate for the service. During […]

Indiana Persimmon Pudding Recipe

If you happen to find yourself in the mood for a Southern delight of a dessert, here is a Persimmon Pudding recipe. We always enjoyed this treat when we visited our kinfolk in southern Indiana (or, as we call it, Hillbilly Heaven). Persimmon pudding is a traditional American dessert made with persimmons. Although American, persimmon […]

A Far From Normal New Year’s Eve

After my parents divorced, my holidays alternated between the two of them. On one New Year’s Eve when I was still in elementary school,  it was my father’s turn to have me over to his house. I don’t know quite when I became a night-owl. I have a very vague memory from years before this […]

Rice Krispies Treat Recipe

This classic, delicious snack has been making memories for kids and parents alike for generations. Ingredients: 3 tablespoons butter or margarine 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows – OR – 4 cups miniature marshmallows 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal Stove- top Directions: 1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows […]

Spam: A Love Affair

Mary had a love affair with processed meats. Spam was her favorite, though she went through a number of different “favorites” in her life. As mentioned before, to say she had an addictive personality would be putting it mildly. Mary would find something she liked, and then in the words of the Coneheads she would […]

Pork Chops and Dressing Recipe

As you may recall from the article about a near death experience with Mother Mary Jo’s cooking, her dressing was “to die for.” It really wasn’t the recipes she used that were the usual culprit, but her rather unique style of drunken cooking. Ingredients were omitted or over-used. Pans and dishes were not clean. Cross-contamination […]