Hello everyone. I hope this finds you self-isolating and so, so sick of your family. I’m right along with you. Even though my husband and I are empty nesters we’ve been together over fifty years, married fifty years in May 2020. I pretty much can finish his sentences and he mine. Our two boys, well really grown-ass men now, and have their own homes and families to worry to protect and keep safe. Facetime is a life-saver to a grandma like me.
As you may know, I’m a country girl, born and raised in rural Pennsylvania in the 50’s, I know I’m old, but moved to Florida in 1980. Growing up on a self-sustaining farm I learned how to improvise, make do with what we had, which may or may not come in handy with what’s happening in our country right now.
When I married in 1970 my grandmother hand wrote a small steno book of all her homemade recipes that she’d grown up on and passed down to her children and now her grandchildren. I have used it a lot over the years and still look through it for something different before going to the Internet. I’ve used her cucumber and onion salad and Harvard beets recipes at least once every two weeks. They’re standbys.
My parents loved what I called weeds; asparagus, rhubarb and dandelion to mention a few. My mother every spring would take a small shovel and a pail out in the yard and dig up dandelion greens before they bloomed. There was only a small window to pick it at the right time. Then she would cook a Hot Bacon Dressing and pour over the vile weeds. It smelled good, wasn’t one of my favorites but it was what was for supper and everyone had to eat it.
Dandelion or Hot Lettuce:
4 C. Dandelions 2 T. sugar
4 slices Bacon 3 T. Vinegar
1 egg slightly beaten 2 T. Water
4 T. Bacon fat 4 T. chopped onion (if desired)
Fry bacon crisp, mix beaten egg, vinegar, sugar, water, and bacon fat, chopped onion and bacon. Bring to a boil and pour over dandelion or lettuce. (We grew leaf lettuce in the garden and by the time the dandelion was over the leaf lettuce was just the right size.)
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What a wonderful tribute!
Love the post and the recipe, Cathy. How lucky you are to have that recipe book! We have a similar recipe here in Europe. We fry garlic, bacon (I omit the bacon for a vegetarian version) in a little bit of olive oil, then add a little wine vinegar, let it boil for a second, then pour it over the dandelion leaves or any other thick-leafed salad. Here, some add chopped boiled eg to the salad. We never, ever add sugar.
adding garlic and wine vinegar sounds good. I am planting greens in my garden just so I can do these wilted salads LOL