You couldn’t pay me to….

Whenever Mother believed she had been mistreated, snubbed, or suffered some other form injustice (whether true or imagined, and in her case it was more often imagined) her favorite refrain was: You couldn’t pay me to attend. or: You couldn’t pay me to talk to them or one of her favorites: You couldn’t pay me […]

Chow Hounds on the Edge of the New Frontier

As our family enlarged due to the marriage of our Dad and Beatrice, we gained our new brother (Kevin) and new sister (Sissy) from Beatrice’s previous marriage. With six mouths to feed now, cooking had become a daunting task. Beatrice let it be known quite often that she did not find cooking for a large […]

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 […]

Christmas Eve Cooking @ Ralph’s Pub

Our family had many delightful Christmas Eve celebrations that occurred at our home once Mother had left for California and Dad and Beatrice were married. We always had quite a good time sharing both food and drink with friends and family (and the good times were even better once we learned the ironic reality of […]