This branch of the Austrian Hesch family is descended from Johann Hesch and his wife Marya (Schlinz) Hesch, who came to America from Oberschlagles, Bohemia with three sons: Paul, Mathias, and Anton. +++Johann & Marya settled in Buffalo County, Wisconsin but moved to Pierz, Mn in about 1885. .+++Mathias settled in Waumandee, Wisconsin and moved to Pierz in 1911. +++Anton never married but farmed with his dad in Agram Township, where he died in 1911.+++And Paul, my great grandfather, settled five miles away, in Buckman, Minnesota. He died there in 1900.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A springtime family recipe

Remember fresh garden lettuce?  It was always the row nearest the house, right before the onions in the garden.  The salad mom made with lettuce and onions was the first thing we ate from the garden every spring.  She'd send one of us out with  a paring knife, the big steel bowl, and orders to fill it tight to the top with lettuce.  "Oh, and bring 6 or 7 onions, too".
Back in the house, the lettuce would be dumped in the sink and covered with cold water to get the grit off.  Wash, rinse, repeat.  Then, each handful was squeezed and tossed back into the clean steel bowl.
The baby onions, shaped like pencils, were washed and chopped into cute little chunks, including the green tops.  That was tossed on top of the lettuce in the bowl, and the dressing was prepared:
Pour some cream into a coffee mug, add a blub of vinegar, some sugar, and salt & pepper.  Mix.  Pour over the lettuce and gently toss.
For a family of seven, it was maybe a half mug of cream...about 2 T vinegar, 3 T Sugar, 4 shakes salt and 5 shakes pepper.


For extra credit--what was the name of the lettuce we always planted?  lol...its in the comments ▼


  1. I always loved that salad and had no idea how grandma Agnes made it. My mom didn't make it that often - we just had it at grandmas. Thanks! The next recipe request I have is for the funeral hot dish...

  2. Dunno where the answer went--it was Black-seeded Simpson!

  3. LOL...which hotdish? Tuna or hamburger? They almost ALL used mushroom soup, onions, celery and noodles, and some were fancied up with peas.
    What rings a bell?

  4. What about canned onion rings lined up on top?

  5. Or tater tots on top - although I think that was probably the Lutheran version.