11 May 2014


Mom with Max, me, and Brenda; Thanksgiving 1974

Although she wasn't big into cooking when we were growing up, my mom did make a delicious scalloped potatoes and ham, which she taught my sister and I how to make.  Sometimes, when my parents went out and we had a babysitter, my mom would let my sister and me make scalloped potatoes for dinner.  The recipe was fairly straightforward, even a kid could make it: slice Idaho potatoes into a shallow dish, add some sliced ham, sprinkle liberally with flour, salt, and pepper; add chunks of sliced butter (as much as you'd like!), and pour whole milk over the top until the potatoes are covered.  Bake in a 400 degree oven until the potatoes are cooked, and the top is brown and bubbly.