loretta haggers

Thanksgiving offering: Sweet potato pie a la Haggers
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 I didn’t know what to post for Thanksgiving until I suddenly remembered this recipe.  It was featured on a 1970s Norman Lear show called “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” which was Norman’s salute to the soap-opera format.  It was on five nights a week, and it hit every theme: sex, violence, deviant behavior, death, illness, marriage, love … And it was very funny.


So anyway: Mary Kay Place played a character named Loretta Haggers, a sweet little ol’ thing married to a much older man.  Loretta wanted very much to be a country singer, and kept almost breaking through, but something always got in the way.  This recipe comes from an episode in which Loretta actually gets on the Dinah Shore show, sings a song, and does a cooking segment; sadly, however, she makes some unfortunate comments, and she’s booted from the show.



  • About a pound of potatoes
  • Half or a cup of sugar
  • A tap of nutmeg
  • Two taps of cinnamon
  • A half tap of cloves
  • Three big eggs or four littler ones
  • A wee bitty glug of vanilla
  • Half a big stick of butter (or margarine)
  • A cup of sweet milk

  1. Mash the heck out of your potatoes.
  2. Throw in your sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, eggs, and vanilla extraction.
  3. Pour the melted butter and sweet milk right into that.
  4. Beat this with a beater.  Whip the daylights out of it.
  5. Pour it all into a ready-made pie shell.
  6. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. 
  7. Bake for 1 hour and 25 minutes. It will be done to a nice turn.  Once the smoke clears, it’ll be some dandy eatin’.