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Jul 17, 2021

Sherry and Marshall discuss prairie fever, which is a term that was coined to describe the isolation, loneliness, and depression experienced by pioneers on the prairie.

They talk about the Homestead Act, Willa Cather's books about it, weather, and more.


This show's lagniappe:


Potato Salad

5 lbs. new potatoes

3 slices bacon, diced

1 onion, peeled and diced

½ cup vinegar

¼ cup water

3-5 tablespoons flour

Salt and pepper to taste


Boil the unpeeled potatoes over high heat in a large pot. Cook until tender. The skins can be removed or left on. Drain and set aside.

Fry the bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove, but leave the grease in the pan. Set bacon aside.

Add the onion to the grease, along with the vinegar and water. Allow to boil over medium high heat until the onion is soft. Mix three tablespoons of flour with a small amount of water to make a paste. Add this to the boiling liquid and cook until thick. If it doesn’t thicken, add more flour. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Once the mixture is cool pour it over the potatoes. Gently toss and taste for seasoning.

Recipe adapted from the Wichita (Kansas) Searchlight, 1908


Your Hosts:


To learn more about Sherry Monahan and her books, visit her website

To learn more about Marshall Trimble and his work, visit his website.

Experience History:


Homestead National Historic Park, Beatrice, Nebraska

Klemme Homestead Museum, Klemme, Iowa


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