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That was the year radio homemaking hit the airwaves. It all started when Henry Field, owner of a Shenandoah seed company and radio station KFNF, invited his five sisters to "talk to the womenfolk about children and cooking and things" on the air, says Lucile Verness, Field's niece. At first they were reluctant, lamenting that they knew nothing about broadcasting. " Field's sister, Helen Field Fischer, began emceeing a program called the "Mother's Hour," during which she'd discuss tidbits from her family's daily life with her listeners.
She might stick in a few slices of bread, and mix in a little hamburger or cheese, if we had it. She'd cook it over a real slow fire 'til it set, then she'd flip it onto a plate. " And of course there was always homemade pasta. "My mother would use a long rolling pin, sort of like a broomstick only a little wider, to make her pasta for ravioli," Mrs. Sertich recalled. "After she'd roll out a real thin layer of dough, she'd put little spoonfuls of filling on top. " For Mrs. Sertich, the daily cooking chores she was responsible for included packing substantial lunches for her father and the boarders and later for her husband, John.
One boarderhis name was Frankused to tell my mother he couldn't take baths, or else he would rust," Mrs. Sertich said, laughing. '" In the early days especially entertainment was almost nonexistent. The tiny coal-mining town of Granger offered no outside activities, and there was no transportation to a larger city. But community ties were strong, especially since many of the town's occupants were from the same villages in Italy. "Every now and then we'd have a picnic, or visit relations," Mrs.
A Cook's Tour of Iowa (Bur Oak Book) by Susan Puckett