The Ladies Page


| March/April 1968



COUNTRY ECHOES

When it gets down to ten below zero in Wisconsin it is the beginning of even colder days. New years morning our thermometer stands at this reading at 5:10 A.M. Maybe you thought we never get up this early in the cold wintertime. Here is proof.

And just in case the winter gets intensely cold, and hard on your grocery budget I will pass on a cheap and really delicious recipe. How many of you ladies have ever made or eaten Corncob Jelly? The first time someone graciously handed me a gift sample I almost dropped it in absolute unbelief. But a year later found me visiting the corn field gathering a pail ful of broken-up corncobs where the picker-sheller had left them to be returned to the soil. We rent land from one of our neighbors and the next morning she called me on the telephone and said, 'Really I suppose it is none of my business, but what were you picking up in the cornfield yesterday?'

'OH!' I replied matter-of-factly, 'Only some corncobs for making Corncob Jelly.'

There was a rather long pause on the other end of the telephone line and then my neighbor found her organs of speech were working again. 'Corncob Jelly?' she said questioningly. I chuckled at her distastful tone. This time I had shocked her for sure.

'Yes, Corncob Jelly,' I replied with a certain humorous authority. 'Didn't you know they sell it in the most exclusive gift shops in Iowa?'

This time I had her stumped. She is usually well ahead of me on a lot of information. Don't we all need a moment of glory now and then? Well the poor lowly corncob had given me mine.