Bertha’s Dinners

This is a bit of history for the old timers to dream about.  My mother Bertha, circa 1950, did all the cooking, and these were my father’s favorite dishes.  You need to remember that Dad worked in a meat packing plant, and I ended up with a stent in my later years!  Pick one main dish and one or two vegetables!  Maybe add boiled potato.

Main Dishes

  • Country style sausage
  • Ground beef – fried onions
  • Stewed chicken – noodles
  • Roast pork
  • Brown beef stew with vegetables
  • Loin ribs – sauerkraut
  • Breaded pork loins
  • Baked ham – green peas
  • Beef loaf with Creole sauce
  • Boiled beans with diced ham
  • Beef stew with fresh vegetables
  • Baked pork loin with applesauce
  • Minced ham & scrambled eggs
  • Tenderloin tips on toast
  • Creole spaghetti with ham
  • Corned beef hash
  • Barbecued loin ribs
  • Beef rib roast
  • Pork liver
  • Fresh Minnesota bullhead – tartar sauce
  • Fresh Iowa catfish – tartar sauce


  • Spinach
  • Buttered carrots
  • Sauerkraut
  • Creamed peas
  • Fresh lima beans
  • Stewed tomatoes
  • Creamed cauliflower
  • Baked beans
  • Creamed new potatoes with peas

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