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Carol Guensburg

My hometown

Marshfield, Wis.

Where I live now

Arlington, Va.

What is your family’s culinary heritage?

Midwestern white bread, with a mix of “modern convenience” and wild game and fish. That means Sunday dinners of roast chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and Jell-O salad with fruit cocktail and Dream Whip. Also, my maternal grandmother’s homemade egg noodles or peanut butter blossoms (cookies). My paternal grandfather’s killer meatballs in mushroom sauce and paternal grandmother’s — oh, she bought lefse or got it from her mom. My dad’s venison stir fry and my mom’s excellent spritz cookies.

Favorite childhood food memory

It’s a toss-up: Popcorn, made in a heavy-bottomed kettle over a gas burner, dumped into a big wooden bowl and drizzled with butter. This was an evening ritual in winter. In summer, I recall breaking off stalks of rhubarb to gnaw on while lying in a patch of tiger lilies to watch the clouds. In a big family, this provided a rare opportunity for solitude.

Favorite dish to share

Chicken and leek pot pie, adapted from the “Crabtree & Evelyn Cook Book: A Book of Light Meals and Small Feasts” (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1989). Please reissue this book, with its charming illustrations and equally fine photos and recipes, so I can give it as a gift again.