Okra Gumbo

Perhaps some of you planted a garden after the hard freeze we experienced at the beginning of February, did you plant any okra? Okra is generally planted 2 or 3 weeks after all danger of frost has passed, which would have been about late April or early May. The plant requires at least 3 months…

Sweet Tomatoes (Old Fashioned Stewed Tomatoes)

Every so often my mother served a bowl of hot stewed sweet tomatoes for dinner. (Our ‘dinner’ was what we call ‘lunch’ today and today’s dinner was called ‘supper’.) I remember the sweetness of this tomato dish, the soggy toasted bread, and the aroma of cinnamon. I haven’t eaten it in decades, and I would…

PEACH HONEY

By Mark Wieser My Mom’s brothers and sisters had some strange names now that I think about it. There was one brother we called “Connie”, which obviously came from his given name of Conrad. Then there was a sister whose name was Emily, but somehow acquired the name “Nutzie” (noot-sy) for reasons unknown to all….

Scalloped Potato Casserole

By Mark Wieser As much as I like to eat and have prepared a few meals, I really am not a cook. I would rather partake, and like most children I grew up having a mom who I thought was a pretty good cook. I only mention this because my interest in cooking first dawned…

Agarita Jelly

By Mark Wieser It is approaching the 1st of May so if you are among the fortunate who live in the country you might have shrubs that have leaves much like holly. If you are a rancher, you most likely wished you didn’t have them at all. These are Agaritas. Many call them algeritas or…

Milk Soup

By Mark Wieser Milk soup is one of the oldest, basic foods consumed among farmers from the around the world, however, I cannot ever recall having it. My niece, Jenny, however, remembers it well. Seems that when she or one of her siblings were feeling ill, Mrs. J. Hardin Perry always brought some over. I…

Branded Fruit Topping

By Mark Wieser Sometime in the mid-60s keeping a jar of fermenting fruits on one’s kitchen countertop became the rage. It was so easy to place a heaping spoonful or two of this topping over a mound of vanilla ice cream or to drizzle it over a freshly baked slice of pound cake. It added sweetness,…

Mama’s Hot German Potato Salad

By Mark Wieser Many centuries ago, few Germans would have thought of using potatoes as food, only the very poorest. In fact, most potatoes were fed to livestock. While we might find that strange, it was very much a surprise to me on my first trip to Germany to find my cousins laughing that we…

Rosettes Cookies (Crullers)

By Mark Wieser I cannot recall the last time I had a Rosette! No holiday went by that we didn’t enjoy eating dozens of these. They are the kind of thing which doesn’t allow for eating just one. It took me a while to find a local recipe—I am pretty certain they were first introduced…

Mrs. Wieser’s Turkey Dressing

By Mark Wieser Nothing brought more comfort and joy to major holidays in the Wieser household than the aromas associated with my mother preparing a turkey. In our home we had a turkey for Thanksgiving and Christmas. A baked ham was always our fare for New Years and Easter. If we had been away from…

Miss Jane’s Pork Tenderloin

By Mark Wieser I think that one of the greatest benefits we have enjoyed from creating new flavors is how so many have written to let us know just how they have put them to use, most in ways that we could never have thought of ourselves. And that benefit, as it has turned out,…