Y’all thought I forgot, didn’t you? You thought I forgot I had a blog, and I forgot about the (April) alphabet challenge, and I was probably not coming back. Well you were wrong on ALL  COUNTS. Don’t you feel silly?

I wrote not long ago about Myra’s advice for planting a garden. In it, I promised to provide the recipes she gave me, too, and since harvest is happening in many of my friends’ gardens, I thought now would be the time. This is from the same book mentioned in the post above, and they are transcribed directly from conversations I had with Myra. I hope you enjoy them.

Boiled Cabbage

Wash the cabbage under the faucet (You always have to use chemicals on this, ’cause you just can’t keep the bugs away). Cut it up, cover it with water and cover the pot. Bring it to a boil for 20 minutes, drain it in a pasta strainer, add 1/2 a pint of cream and 1 Tablespoon hard butter. When the butter melts, it’s ready to eat. Serve with RyKrisp or flatbread and salt and pepper.

Green Beans

Prepare same as cabbage, but they’re beans.

Fried Carrots

Wash carrots really good, but don’t peel them. Slice so they’re in circles. Boil in water (or steam) for 1/2 hour. Drain and add 2 Tablespoons butter and fry like potatoes. Serve with meat and potatoes. Like a whole new food. Don’t cream carrots, though. I don’t like them that way.


Cut up 6 cups of rhubarb–the redder the better–place in heavy kettle (like the one we use to make potato dumplings). Add 1/2 cup or so of water. Boil 15 minutes. Then smash rhubarb with fork. Add 3 cups of sugar. Boil again. Serve warm or cold , alone or with ice cream. Or add tapioca and make pudding.


Wash squash. Place squash on pizza pan. Poke squash with fork six times. Place the whole thing in a 350 degree oven. Bake it for an hour. Take it out of the oven. Cut it in half. Remove the seeds. Serve cooked squash with salt and pepper and butter.

Auntie Barbie’s Stuffed Green Peppers

Buy 6 peppers. Clean out seeds from the top. In separate bowl, mix 1 cup uncooked rice, 1 lb hamburger, 1 small onion, 1 can tomato soup, 1 can water.  Fill pepprs with rice mixture. Make at 350 degrees for one hour. Empty rice mixture on plate and throw out green pepper, unless you want to eat it.


Around the 4th of July, gently get baby potatoes. About 10. Dig them up with your hands and then scrub them clean. Boil with the skins on for 20 minutes. Serve with butter while saying “just like eating candy.”


Wash tomatoes and slice. Serve with sugar or salt and pepper if you’re Norwegian.


Wash them in cold water, slice, and serve with vinegar. Mmmm.


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Writer teacher mama sister friend sewist poet trying to stay warm in Minnesota's northwest.
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