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For this month’s Recipe Roundup, we took a trip back in time and searched for recipes to help us celebrate the 75th anniversary of the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives or NDAREC. They’re the folks who publish this magazine on behalf of the state’s electric and telecom cooperatives.

On our journey to the past, we came across holiday recipes in a cover story from December 1955 featuring Gerrit and Thelma Slagh. The Slaghs, members of KEM Electric Cooperative at the time, lived on a dairy farm near Strasburg. Read more.



Photo of turkey, dressing and string beans

  • 6 slices homemade bread, toasted, soaked with water
  • 5 tsp. salt topped with pepper
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 lbs. hamburger
  • 4 eggs, beaten


Mix thoroughly. Sufficient dressing for two chickens or one turkey.

PUBLISHED IN DECEMBER 1955 FROM Mrs. Gerrit Slagh (deceased), a member of KEM Electric Cooperative


  • Photo of Dutch Pumpkin PIe2 cups stewed pumpkin
  • 2 cups rich milk or cream
  • 1 cup brown or white sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. allspice
  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • tsp. cinnamon

Mix pumpkin, cream, sugar, beaten eggs, salt and spices and beat for two minutes. Pour in pie tin lined with pastry, place in hot oven 45 minutes, then reduce heat and bake 15 minutes in moderate oven.


Test note: Rather than using stewed pumpkin, we baked a 4.5-pound pumpkin for 60 minutes at 350 degrees, then drained the water out of pumpkin and used a blender to puree after all water was drained. Smaller pumpkins are sweeter. We used rich, thick cream versus milk. The pie was baked at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then we reduced the temperature to 350 degrees and baked the pie for 30 minutes more. Delicious!

 PUBLISHED IN DECEMBER 1955 FROM Mrs. Gerrit Slagh (deceased), a member of KEM Electric Cooperative