the art of
by Nan Schreier
My mother is Irish, and my Dad was
German. Dad was in the military, so moves were frequent. Moving around
was tough, so family was very important. Since w e had five girls in our
family, Mom had to cook, at least until she got us all trained. We all
had dinner together every night, something that seems to have gone out
of vogue these days. We took it for granted as a time to catch up with
events of the day.
Routines are important for kids. We
all had chores to do each night, and the schedule was posted. It was an
orderly home, and ran like a top. Can you imagine moving your household
every 2 - 3 years with five kids? Mom was a wonder, and is still the neatest
and most organized person I know. When he retired and we moved back to
upstate New York, she got a job to help put us all through college.My favorite recipe of hers is actually
from my paternal grandmother. I guess Dad loved it, too, because Mom learned
how to make it to perfection. It is the best German potato salad ever.
Every recipe I have for that dish cannot compare.
Nan lives in the hills of Eastern
PA on three and a half acres of land that used to be a corn field. She
and her husband, George, have turned the property into a mini-farm, and
grow and preserve all sorts of produce. Each Fall they also make their
own wine, and enjoy the fruits of their labor year round. They winter
in North Carolina to rest up for the next growing season.
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