Happy Mother’s Day: A Joanna Lund recipe

As you already know, our mother did not particularly enjoy any of the holidays. She thought Thanksgiving was a great time to invite lonely spinster schoolteachers to our home, and she thought Christmas was a wonderful day to try to prepare a frozen turkey while also making liquor-filled fruitcakes and Martha Washington Balls. Nothing seemed […]

Walking on Easter Egg Shells

The entire time my sister Lindy and I were growing up we participated in a sport known as “walking on egg shells.” This sport is not played in the Olympics, but if it were, my sister and I would have won the Gold medals thanks to our constant practice of the sport. From a very […]

Bite Marks in My Tupperware

Since my sister and I grew up with a mother who considered Christmastime a reason to get more drunk than usual, and who viewed Easter as the day that she got an extra hour or two to herself while we were at church, in our adult lives the holidays mean something very special to both […]

Cock-A-Leekie Soup Recipe

Cock-A-Leekie Soup is a peasant dish with many regional variations, some which go back as far as the 16th century. Some cooks add chopped grilled bacon, some use beef┬ástock, some add Jamaican pepper and many suggest offering stewed prunes with the finished dish. Our Mother became particularly fixated on the recipe for Cock-A-Leekie soup when […]

Cock-A-Leekie Soup

All her life, Mother was taken by certain things. Some times, those things were foreign cultures or peoples and their traditions and ways. Other times, she became entranced by certain words, phrases and even recipes. Once she learned of a new culinary delight, watch out! Her addictive personality would kick into high gear as she […]

JoAnna Lund’s Healthy Macaroni Salad

Growing up, my sister Lindy and I never had macaroni salad–guess who didn’t like it? And of course if Mother didn’t like something…well, you either know the rest of the story, or you can read all about it here. Why would anyone ruin pasta by putting it in a salad? Mother was heard to say […]