Long Lost French Canadian Delights by
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These were a few of our favorite things:

“Gortons” [grotons–ground pork pate]

“Tourquee” [tortiere–pork pie]

“Boudin” [blood sausage–really yuk]

“Crepes” [Memere’s fat crispy pancakes cooked in light oil–the recipe faded away with her Alzheimer’s]

“Rhubarb stalks dipped in a cup of sugar” [great for walking around with]

“Pepper steaks” [thin beef grilled with sautéed onions and peppers in a bun, at a Lakeview stand in Dracut, MA]

“Maple Syrup Pie” [leftover pie crust fashioned in a mini-pie plate baked with a thin layer of maple syrup inside]

“Popcorn and ice cream” [a double-guilty Sunday outing treat at Locke’s in Hollis, NH]

“Raw Carrot, Celery and Potato Sticks” [the only way Mom could get us to eat veggies]

“Le mis pi le beurre, mais le croute pantoute” [Pepere’s description of my sister’s habit of eating only the middle of the French bread with butter, and leaving the crust]

“Fig Squares” [at Crosby’s Bakery in Nashua, NH–still available, exactly the same today, amazingly]





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40 years in the enterprise software industry in Silicon Valley, with a lot of non-profit arts board experience. French Canadian New England roots, distantly related (I'm guessing) to Jack Kerouac, and inspired by his free spirit.

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  1. David Rock says:

    A nice tongue and cheek way to present a story about memories of food — in menu format!

  2. Susan says:

    At last, a fellow rhubarb connoisseur! We have such refined tastes. Thanks for sharing.

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