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Old 10-23-2004, 01:48 AM   #1
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Cooking with Grandma!

It seems everyone had the grandma who showed them a thing or two with cooking. Let's hear some stories!

My grandma is amazing. I inherited my sweet tooth from her. I remember her getting out a bag of the newly invented Reese's peanut butter baking chips and we sat on the floor of her living room, seeing how many landed in our mouths when we flung them into the air. Her oven always had something baking, usually cookies, or her amazing blackberry cobbler. She made Monster Cookies for us, which is a secret family recipe. She'd bake a ton (they are as large as a round eggo waffle) and freeze them. When we would come over, she'd pop one in the toaster for each child and they'd taste just like they'd come out of the oven. She's still kicking, at age 90. What a remarkable woman!

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Old 10-23-2004, 02:38 PM   #2
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Oh how well I remember the days spent with grandma and grandpa.

Grandma and I would get up in the early morning and go into the kitchen where she would let me help her fix breakfast so that it would be ready for grandpa when he got up to get ready for work.

It has been many years but I can still almost smell the bacon and eggs cooking. And there was the toast with butter and grandmas home-made strawberry jam.

And I must not forget to mention the coffee with cream and sugar...yes grandma and grandpa let me have coffee.

Anyway I'd get the table set for the three of us and grandma would fill each plate and then grandpa would come out of the bedroom and we'd all sit down to eat.

Grandpa would look into my cup to see what I was drinking and he'd growl "grrrrrrrrrrrrr that stuff will put hair on your chest" and then just laugh.
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Old 10-23-2004, 02:51 PM   #3
 
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My grandmother was one of those cooks who made it all seem so easy, and did things so quick, you blinked, and she was done. She made no mess to clean up, and there were no dirty dishes when she was done. It was like magic! Presto, there is another cherry pie, exactly like all of her pies -- perfect!

She sold pies for many years during the depression from the back of a truck at a local industrial plant. Grandma couldn't make enough pies to satisfy the demand.

My grandfather was reknown locally for his barbeque. When grandad barbequed, everybody showed up!

I was grandma's baby. My grandmother babysat for me when my mother went back to work when I was 8 weeks old. Until kindergarten, everywhere that grandma went, I was sure to go...hanging onto her skirt for dear life!

I learned to be quiet so I didn't get sent away to play, and I watched everything they did in the kitchen, garden, and other activities.
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Old 10-23-2004, 02:54 PM   #4
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How lucky you were, choclatechef! Both of my grandmas lived too far away from Illinois for me to be around them much (Louisiana and California). The things I missed learning about!
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I didn't get to spend much time with my maternal grandmother. She lived only about 8 blocks away, but for some reason, my dad would not let me spend much time with her. :twisted:

I regret that now, but it was not my fault.

Yes, you missed an awful lot by not having your grandparents nearby. I was spoiled absolutely rotten, and learned so much! I even got to spend time with great aunts, older cousins, my paternal great grandmother, and of course aunts and uncles.

I got so I preferred being with older people than being with kids my own age, I was so spoiled. Everything I did was praised and talked about as being wonderful!
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Old 10-23-2004, 03:03 PM   #6
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i never met my maternal grandparents, they unfortunately passed before i was born, same as my paternal grandfather, and my dad's mom only lived a few years past that. so for those of you who have had relationships with your grandparents, cherish every second of it.

i did have a kind of set of adopted grandparents. when i was in my late teens thru my late 20's, i dated an italian american girl with whom i became very close to her grandparents. her grandpa was from sicily, her grandma was from calabria. they were the best. when we would go visit them in florida, they waited on us hand and foot, with some of the best italian home cooking you can imagine. peppers and eggs for breakfast with grapefruit from the trees in the backyard. great big heroes of meatball and sausage parm for lunch, and i can't even begin to describe the dinners. you could taste all of the love that went into these dishes.

one of my favorite things to do was get up before dawn with grandpa louie, and go crabbing on the bridge leading out to anna maria island off the coast of bradenton. grandma celina would already be up (if someone needed food, she just wouldn't ever sleep) making us the pepper and egg sammiches. btw, you NEVER turned down food in their house, not that you would want to anyway. we would get our catch of blue claws, bring them home, clean them and hand them to grandma. then my girlfriend and i would spend the day on the beach, knowing and drooling with anticipation what was coming for dinner. grandma would make a big pot of crab marinara, served over angel hair. it was one of the messiest meals you could eat, first sucking the marinara off the crab parts, then cracking the shells and eating the crabmeat. but it was just the best dinner. we would sit around the table for hours, chatting and sucking on the crabs, enjoying all the love only grandparents and grandchildren can share.

i miss them very much. they both passed shortly before we broke up. in fact, whenever i think of them, if something jogs my memories of them, i always smile, with a lump in my throat, and tell them how much they meant to me; how much i learned from them, and how i hope i can be even a fraction of the wonderful parents and grandparents they were.
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Awwww Buckytom, you sound like a lovely man!
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As long as you pass on to Ryan what you're sharing with us here, you need not worry about cranking out the memories for future grandkids, buckytom.
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And that's the absolute truth! What a wonderful story, bucky. What wonderful people, I'm sure.

Being a military brat, I saw my grandparents precious little, but when I did, they made up for lost time in the cooking, drinking and just having fun departments. My paternal g'father was taught me to play poker and gave me my first taste of scotch at the ripe age of about twelve..... It took.
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See, I know we'd have wonderful stories - let's hear some more, folks!
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