By Correne Martin
Delightfully sour and tangy, cool and crunchy, the perfect snack or sandwich topper—now that’s a good dill pickle.
Consider yourself lucky if you’ve ever savored Rose Stram’s dill pickles. Labeled as “prize-wining” by her family, though she admits they’ve never garnered any official awards, Rose’s jars of gherkins are sensational, to say the least. Just take it from this privileged taste tester.
Since 1974, Rose has been pickling cucumbers with her own basic recipe, found in a cookbook she can’t even remember today. And for many of those years, the 84-year-old has been making them not only for the grandkids, but also so she can donate them to benefits and fundraisers around the Prairie du Chien area. In the early years of the Eagles’ Heart and Cancer Telethon, Rose, who grew up cooking alongside her mom, started contributing a couple jars in an effort to help raise funds for the cause.