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Two is Too Many!

3 Jan

When I received my Grandma’s recipes, I was sent TWO copies.  Well…that’s more than I need.  So, here’s what I’ve decided…

As I go through this cookbook, I’m making notes, tips, & tricks of my own that helped me along the way.  I would LOVE to be able to pass that knowledge along to a lucky reader at the end of the year!  So, stay tuned throughout this journey and keep your eyes peeled for your opportunity to come away with a little piece of my family’s history!

A shopping we will go…

30 Dec

I think I’ve been lulled into a false sense of security.  My shopping list for week one is uncharacteristically short. However, I do only have two days of recipes to try.  The first day being New Year’s day and I’ve got two written recipes and two “note-mentioned” ones.  Of course one of the first concoctions is for a canned mixture!  I like to jump in to the pool with both feet and in the deep end!  However, once I have the canning supplies, I will really only have to replace seals and jars of those I give away.


Now for the list.  This is not inclusive of all recipe ingredients, but rather what I don’t already have on hand.

  • pineapple
  • mandarin oranges
  • peach pie filling
  • bananas
  • maraschino cherries
  • avocados
  • jalapeno
  • tomato
  • cilantro
  • onion
  • 3# of pears
  • lime
  • sugar (I usually have enough on hand, but this one calls for 5 cups!  Better get more)
  • Canning supplies: jars with lids and seals, jar tongs, boiling rack (maybe)


I bet you can guess one of the recipes…the other two are a bit more hidden.  Although I will say that one comes from the Appetizers/Beverages section; the other from the This & That section.  Here we go!


Deciding What to Cook…

30 Dec

I went through the entire cookbook today and weeded out the recipes from the month of January.   There are 16 actual printed recipes and 3-5 recipes that are mentioned in Grandma’s notes (i.e. “I made a cherry pie/cabbage/bread/etc. today.”)  Fortunately, for me, I have another cookbook from the Ramah community (again, east Texas) that has many other recipes from her.  So, I should be set with about 21 different things to try. There are salads of fruit and of veggies, side dishes, and even home-made BBQ sauce and salad dressing.  There is even a canned recipe…it will be my first.


The next step is putting together a shopping list for the week.  I’ll post that soon.  I am at a disadvantage as Grandma ALWAYS cooked, never really ate out, unless for a special occasion.  So, most of her ingredients were always on hand.  I do not have that luxury.  Yes, I think a fully stocked pantry is a luxury that ANYONE can afford, if we’d just put away the plastic and take-out menus…but I digress.  Needless to say, my first few shopping trips will be to pick up more items than subsequent visits (I hope).  This is going to be a GREAT excuse to completely clean out and restock the spice cabinets and pantry!


Oh, and did I mention that we are planning to double our kitchen pantry after the first of the year?  I am so crazy stoked!  It will free up much-needed counter space for prep work and give me a place to put all my soon-to-be canned, pickled, and preserved items!


Off to do kitchen inventory and make a shopping list…

Recipes for Food and for Life

29 Dec

Just before leaving town Christmas weekend, I was surprised to find a small white package in my mailbox. I saw the return address was my Aunt Barbara’s and smiled. I was positive I knew what was in the box. A few months back, she sent emails around asking all the cousins for their five favorite recipes. I just figured she was FINALLY getting around to writing a cookbook (she is an amazing home “chef”). However, upon opening the box, I was VERY surprised!

There, in my hands, I was holding two copies of “With Love from Grandma’s Kitchen: Her Recipes for Food and for Life.” It is a compilation of recipes, notes, journal entries, and love from my grandmother, Gladys Horton (1910-2007). Many of the recipes I remember and many of the journal entries were like photographs from her memories. From our home until we arrived in Orlando (about 1.5 hours) I had read most of the notes and many of the recipes. There is such wisdom and love in her words. So, I decided to share.

Much in the style of “Julie and Julia,” I thought it would be a lot of fun to go through every single recipe in this cookbook and blog about it. Yeah, so I’m a copy-cat of sorts, but what of it.

I thought the best way to go through the book is to just start at the beginning and go page-by-page; but, that is too predictable. I figure I will find journal dates that correspond with the actual date (only a different year) and go from there. The only exceptions will be the recipes submitted by my cousins and me. Those will be filler recipes or maybe I’ll have readers vote on those as to when they are served.

The cool part, most recipes my grandmother used were with seasonal or canned goods. When I say canned, I don’t mean of the Red & White canned variety. I mean old-school canning and preserving of veggies and fruits. So, I am excited to actually shop for groceries at the time of year in which they are to be consumed! I am also excited to be able to utilize ingredients I’ve never used before…Swan’s Down flour, Oleo, and molasses, just to name a few.