Archive | May, 2016

Donna Hartman’s Green Tomato(e) Mincemeat Recipe

Donna Hartman’s Green Tomato(e) Mincemeat Recipe

I found it! I found it in a pile of paper memories … Mom’s handwritten recipe for Mincemeat with the word tomato(e) misspelled, just like Dan Quayle misspelled potato(e) in the 1992 presidential campaign. My mother, another creative speller, taught me how to make a pie, how to peel thin skins from potatoes so some […]

Mother’s Day: Lessons in Oral History

Mom sat near the end of the table at the assisted living center in Standish. Her shoulders slumped.  Her eyelids were closed, her jaw was set. “She won’t talk or eat,” Dad said from across the table.  “If she doesn’t eat she will die. Do something, Laurie,” he said, his voice cracking. I held the […]

The Potato Soup Recipe: Minnie’s Potatoes

When Brooklyn’s Exponent writer Monetta Harr interviewed Laurice LaZebnik about her new book Minnie’s Potatoes, she was treated to her great-grandmothers potato soup. The review: Delicious! Minnie’s Potato Soup (Kartoffelsuppe) 1 quart chicken broth 6-8 strips of bacon, cut into small pieces 1 small onion diced 4 potatoes (about the size of your palm), peeled […]