This will take a call to mom to remind me exactly what size she meant for each "pkg." But I can certainly still remember the wonderfulness of a spoonful of sugary strawberries snuck from the thawed out block.
Bushels of Jonathan apples during apple season always triggered mom to make at least one pot of stewed apples and a second pot of red hot apples. Once these cooled down in the refrigerator, these apple treats made a perfect sweet ending to a weeknight meal.
After growing up relishing my mother's beef stew, I stumbled onto a decadent equivalent from Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins wonderful cookbook, "The New Basics" in the early 1990s. 20 years later and it's still a favorite winter staple. My version is a bit simplified from the original, but as long as the wine and bacon are included, the results will be savored by all.
This is the one "must have" recipe that we request each time we visit our parents. Throughout our life we were raised that this was a war recipe that our Grandma Ruby used to work with the limited rations. Recently, however, our mother has discovered links for the recipe going back to the 1800's.