Ham & Bean Soup – Grandma’s

Fill large pot with watergrandpa and old car
add 1 – 2 cups white navy or pea beans (washed)
celery – chopped
onions – chopped
desired amount of ham – preferably with bone

bring to boil and simmer till beans are soft – about 1 hour or more

slice desired amount of potatoes into small cubes –  add to soup and cook till done (about 10 min.)

salt and pepper to taste

serve with vinegar so folks can add to taste


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Award Winning Apple Pie – Grandma’s

6-8 apples (3 large tart apples – Granny Smith)
Measure amount needed in glass pie pan, cutting enough to fill it to heaping.

1 cup sugar (up to 1 cup sugar for each large pie, 3/4 cup sugar for a small pie)
1/8 tsp. nutmeg – to ~ 1/4 tsp nutmeg for 2 small pies – depending on how strong you want that flavor
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. lemon juice (or vinegar) per pie

Cornstarch (about 2 tblsp. per pie)

Put apples in bowl and mix with all ingredients.

When well mixed, scrape all apples and juice into prepared bottom crust(s).

Add 5 pats of butter on top of apples for each pie (evenly spaced).

Lightly wet edges of bottom crust.
Carefully place top crust. Press edges together.
Trim around pie pan leaving about an inch on the outer edge.
Use fingers to make pretty, fluted edges.
Use a knife to make decorative cuts in top crust.
This is also important
for letting air out while baking.
Bake 10 minutes at 450F and 50 minutes at 350F

**see recipe for Tender Flaky Pie Crust


Lisa’s (firstIMG_0609 Grandchild):grandma & lisa
During the summers, my younger brother and I spent time with our father in another state. One day when I was in the kitchen helping Grandma make apple pies, I told her that I thought that her pie was the BEST and that she should enter one in the fair. While we were gone that summer, she did.

I was so excited to get her letter telling me that she had entered the contest and won first place! Once we returned home, she gave me her blue ribbon and the $4 prize money.

In her own way, she helped us maintain a feeling of connection to home….and from then on, she had bragging rights!Betty_1st_prize_apple_pie_at_the_fair_June_16_1977 web

Jeanette (3rd Daughter, child #4):
Apple pies were, of course, for special occasions, so there was always excitement associated with them – usually that was Thanksgiving and Christmas. If we ever had apple pies outside of those holidays, it would be because Dad happened into a free lug of apples from a friend, like the Lausten’s from Maxwell, who had a cabin in the Coast Range with a very old apple orchard nearby. The pies themselves made the occasion special.