Pioneer Potluck

Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Punishment by Dad

"You just wait until your Dad comes in from the field. He will take care of you. Get on the couch, all three of you and set there until your Dad comes in," Mom said, pointing to the old couch in the corner of the kitchen.

We crawled up on the couch and never said a word. We sat there for a long time. Probably a whole 45 minutes. It seemed like hours. Waiting was the worst part of the Dad punishment.

Then the sheer terror -- Dad coming through the door, tall dusty, tired and ready for supper.

"John," Mom said, "you have to take care of these kids, I am at my wits end!" I can't remember to this day what we did that warranted a "walloping" by our Dad. Probably walked through the freshly waxed floors.

"Well, OK," Dad drawled in his low monotone voice, "you kids get to the barn." We ran out to the barn and stood waiting for our tired Dad to slowly make his way behind us. He came slowly into the barn with grim sad eyes and no smile at all. "Set down," he ordered, pointing at the hay bales. He pulled one up, sat down, asked each one of us: "what happened?"

Ginger, only about 4, sobbed, "I won't do it again," Sob, sob . . . Dad said, "Aw, now, Squeaky, don't cry." Dad's heart turned to "moosh" when one of his kids cried, especially Ginger, or Squeaky as he affectionately called her.

To our utter amazement and amusement, he started telling us stories of his childhood, funny stories. We were all laughing and having a good time, when he suddenly stood up, flipped the buckle on his belt open and slipped off his belt! The he said, "OK Butch, start crying and screaming."

Terrified, we all started to scream and holler, as he slapped the center post of the barn over and over again with his belt, a big grin on his face. We finally caught on and screamed even louder. He suddenly stopped, put his belt back on, then said to us, "Now go back in the house, real solemn and sober and act like I whipped you and don't tell your Mom that I didn't."

We all marched back into the house, real quiet, trying to hide our secret glances and smiles to each other. Once in a while rubbing out behinds.

Everything was real quiet that night at the supper table. But you know what? Mom never asked him to whip us again. Wonder why?

I know I never told on Dad!

The series is written by a 44 year resident of Alaska, Ann Berg of Nikiski. Ann shares her collections of recipes from family and friends. She has gathered recipes for more that 50 years. Some are her own creation. Her love of recipes and food came from her Mother, a self taught wonderful cook.

She hopes you enjoy the recipes and that the stories will bring a smile to your day.

Grannie Annie can be reached at

Chicken Sesame Orange Stir Fry

Prepare 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut in 1 inch cubes

With 1 tblsp cornstarch in a Ziploc bag.

Cut 2 celery ribs with leaves

1 bunch of bok choy cut lengthwise and then in crosswise pieces.

2 red bell pepper cut in strips

1 small onion in chunks.

1 small can of pineapple tidbits

HEAT 2 teaspoons olive oil to hot and add the cubed chicken in batches. Remove to heated platter.

Add 1 teaspoon olive oil and stir fry vegetables until tender crispy tender. Add pineapple.

Add 1/3 cup Stir Fry sauce, 1/3 cup orange juice and 1/3 cup water. Stir into skillet.

Return chicken to skillet. Simmer 2 minutes. Serve with 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seed. (toast by placing seeds in a nonstick skillet over medium heat 1 minute.)

Bernie's Oven-Roasted Potatoes

2 pounds unpeeled potatoes - cut in wedges

2 tblsp olive oil

1 tblsp fresh rosemary chopped

1/2 tsp garlic salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp paprika

Place potatoes in ungreased 13 x 9 pan

Drizzle with oil

Sprinkle with garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper.

Toss to coat

Bake uncovered 450% for 30 to 40 minutes until potatoes are golden and tender.

Banana Cinnamon Craisin Bread

2 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

3 large ripe bananas

2 large eggs

1/4 cups sugar

1/2 cup butter slightly melted

1/4 cups chopped walnuts

1/4 cups Craisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat two 8 1/2 x 4 by 2 inch loaf pans.

In large bowl combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Make a well in center. Mash bananas in another bowl. Add eggs, sugar and butter and beat until almost smooth.

Pour banana mixture into the well of dry ingredients and stir just to blend. Fold in nuts and Craisins. Divide batter evenly between prepared loaf pans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Test with toothpick. Remove and cool on rack. Take out of pan and drizzle with small amount of orange extract and powdered sugar mixed together. OR butter the tops while hot and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.

This is very good toasted!

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