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Following is an excerpt from Lucie's Kitchen, a collection of stories and recipes from Lucie Olmstead's life coming out soon.

Clyde was home on leave from the Navy. He wasn't sure when he would be home again, so he and Helen planned their wedding on a Friday, August 12, 1955. Her sister Alice's wedding was the next day, but that was OK. Helen's wedding was a happy party, a casual gathering of friends and family glad to see the young couple get their start. Nothing extravagant.

Helen and Clyde would go on to live and raise four children in their hometown, together for close to 60 years-- and counting.

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Newlyweds Helen & Clyde Jenkins (center), with matron of honor Sally McDermid and best man, friend of Clyde.

When asked for a favorite recipe from Aunt Helen's daughter Tricia, this main dish was her pick. But like Edna's Scalloped Corn and Lucie's pies, Helen's Beef Tips and Noodles weren't tied to a hard and fast recipe. "Oh, I just use some leftover roast beef, add some gravy, and boil some noodles." reported Helen. "Homemade noodles though." she added. That's the key: her kids loved this dish, but the noodles are essential. "They're just egg and flour," Helen said "but the kids ate those first."

That's the truth, isn't it? Sometimes the most practical, uncomplicated things are what we crave the most.

Beef Tips and Noodles

by Helen Jenkins

Ingredients
Cooked roast beef
Gravy
Noodles

Cut the roast beef into chunks and brown over medium heat in a heavy skillet. Make gravy separately and add to the pan. Stir in cooked noodles.

Noodles

by Lucie Olmstead

Ingredients
1 egg
salt
1 T cream, milk, or water (or 1 tsp butter)
Flour

Mix the egg, salt, and cream together in a bowl. Add enough flour to form a soft ball.

Roll on a well-floured area to the desired thickness. From one end, roll the sheet up into a log. Cut the rolled dough into 1" wide sliced, then uncurl each noodle. Allow to dry for 1-2 hours. Drop noodles one at a time into boiling water or soup (after everything else in the soup is cooked). Cook in boiling water for 5-7 minutes.

The moment I got my hands on a copy of Remedy Quarterly I fell in love with the storytelling around food and community that is loaded into every issue. Plus, the artwork and photography are gorgeous. It's a short story collection that makes you want to curl up with and savor every word.

And today I'm head-over-heels excited because, as you may have read in an earlier post, I'm honored to be included as a contributing writer in the latest Issue 16: Change. To celebrate, I'm giving away a copy (a $14.50 value) to my readers as a thank you for all of your encouragement. Your comments always buoy me, and hearing that you've tried cooking up something in the kitchen is even better. Love you all!

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One of my very favorite finds from getting to know my grandmother Lucie's recipes is this:

The original chart used by my grandmother Lucie, where she kept it taped inside her cupboard door
The original chart used by my grandmother Lucie, where she kept it taped inside her cupboard door

This is so versatile! Five ingredients, used in different ratios, can make four different recipes. Lucie kept her homemade recipe chart taped inside her cupboard door, where I imagine she could quickly glance at the measurements as she made a meal for her family of eight children.

You don't need to buy a box of expensive mix with added anti-caking agents when you can stock your pantry with the basics and go from there.  The possibilities are endless: Strawberry Shortcake (we make if from frozen berries in the winter), Chicken Pot Pie, Biscuits and Gravy, Apple Dumplings.

I've been wanting to share this recipe chart with my readers for a while, and now it's ready, and for FREE. It's my thank-you for stopping by. Please share with a friend if you like, and happy cooking!

Free Dough Recipe Reference Chart
Free printable chart for quick reference to biscuits, shortcake, dumplings, and pie crust