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25 Jul

Before Google, there was The Universal Handbook

This leather-bound book, published in 1938, was always on the coffee table in my mother-in-law’s home. Towards the end of her 98 years on the planet, the covers were held together with lengths of duct tape, and the pages were tattered and curled. It looked like a bible, but the family referred to it as her dictionary. Had I re...  Continue Reading

11 Jul

Caramel Puffed Rice Cake

The Boy, of "Get a Bigger Wagon" fame, loves this treat! Measure six or seven cups of puffed rice (not Rice Krispies) into a large mixing bowl. Mix the following ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil over medium heat, and boil for two minutes. ½ cup corn syrup ½ cup butter 1-cup brown sugar 1-teaspoon vanilla Pour ...  Continue Reading

08 Jul

Gertrude's Marinated Onion Slices

Our friend Gertrude made three batches of these onions in one week because my eldest daughter ate them, enthusiastically, on everything. My daughter was ten years old, at the time, and we were visiting Gertrude at the lake. This recipe is simple and the onions are delicious!!   Prepare Onions: Slice one large, sweet onion, ...  Continue Reading

03 Jul

Best Chocolatey Puffed Wheat Cake Ever

My son-in-law had a childhood memory of the perfect puffed wheat cake. After decades of sampling and searching, he was interested when one of his employees brought a pan of very chocolatey puffed wheat cake to a potluck lunch at work. My son-in-law tried it, and there it was – the texture and taste he remembered. The young man...  Continue Reading

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