This book is dedicated to Annie, Minnie, Edna, and Gladys, the first Nelson cooks of my memory. Thinking of thedifficulties they endured every day to put three big meals on the table (not to mention afternoon lunch) without electricity, refrigeration, and modern plumbing gives me a great appreciation for them all and for the conveniences we take for granted. We also want to thank everyone for sending so many great recipes. Time didn't allow us to test all therecipes, but the ones we did try were delicious! Wehave no explanation for the fact that Olive's "Four Fruit Compote" has 5 fruits or that DoLores's "ThreeBean Casserole" has 4 beans. We are also uncertain as to whether lutefisk or bullhead are suitable substitutions in Gary's "Cioppino." Please refer any questions to the contributors. A special thank you to Stacy for all the hours spent at the computer typing and editing. Joyce Mueller April 1996
Stacy's Note:Please check recipes you contributed to this project for major errors that couldbe problematic and alert the family.