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Where to start? Born in Pittsburgh PA, grew up in Bethlehem, PA. Married 50 years, three boys, four brilliant grandchildren. Love the outdoors and live in a rural area. All my years growing up I spent the summers in the Pocono Mts. living with my Grandma at Lake Minisink. I learned many of my cooking skills from her. All this with no running water. We canned all the huckleberries we could pick, the berries that didn't get canned we ate fresh or made into jelly. There was always enough left for my Pop Pop to make into wine. By the way huckleberry or elderberry wine is a great cold remedy. I guess if it doesn't cure you, you don't care if you have one.;>) We dried green beans, & corn etc. to preserve them. Breakfast would be catfish caught fresh that morning along with eggs & fried potatoes. We had no electricity for quite a few years. Boy, cleaning the soot from the chimneys on those coal oil lamps every morning was not fun! Big excitement when the power lines came through. The bathroom was 'out back' with a moon cut into the wall for a window. Our bath tub was a jump in the lake with a bar of floating soap. That was our laundry also. My favorite cookbook (when I need one) is The Settlement Cookbook but I usually have one in my head or look at a whole lot and combine them into one we like. Of course unless I make notes, it's never the same twice! note: this tidbit is from OnMilwaukee.com First published in 1901, The Settlement Cookbook, born in Milwaukee, fast became a kitchen essential. The book was the brainchild of Lizzie Kander, who taught cooking in two Milwaukee Jewish settlement houses before starting her own, called The Settlement, on North 5th Street, at the dawn of the 20th century.