What’s the difference? Time, effort and the tender loving care that goes into making any thing from scratch by your own hands. “Baking with Love for those you Love” is what my paternal Grandmother called it.
My Dad’s mom wouldn’t be caught dead making something from a box. She’d spend hours in the kitchen, shuffling back and forth between the pantry, the counters and the stove. And her house always smelled so inviting, warm and wonderful.
She and my Grandfather raised 3 boys, until WWII. The middle son, was killed in action in his tank in Germany. Within a year, my Grandfather too had left this world. But even with grown sons, my Grandmother still worked in her garden, canned, cooked and baked. She never had much to dote on her grandchildren. But my sisters and I, who were her only grandkids were treated with some of the best down home cooking you could ever want when we went to visit. Continue reading →
Every summer someone in my family was making banana pudding pie. At least once each month from June to August, it was a summer staple and perfect for the hot days playing outside and celebrating the warm season.
My grandmother always told me there’s only two things you MUST do when making nanner pudding pie; be patient and think presentation. Something she said those in the north don’t get about those in the south.
Down here we’re not in a hurry all the time. We slow down and take our time to do things right. Patience and Presentation are everything to a good Southern Banana Pudding pie.
That starts with the right serving dish. It must be a glass rectangular dish. Typically a Pyrex dish like the one pictured here. It’s not a big deep dish bowl, or a round pie dish or even a small individual serving dessert glass. Bigger or more doesn’t make it better.
If you want to make real “Southern Banana Pie”, it means a dish deep enough for a Nilla wafer to stand up on the side. That’s One wafer, not two rows of wafers. A deep banana pie means you’re serving too much to a guest or jipping them out of a complete delicious serving from top to bottom. Be reserved and think presentation. How it looks is as important in the dish as on the plate. Continue reading →
My Mom made the best cheese cake in the entire neighborhood. When ever someone in my family had something special to celebrate, something that wasn’t a birthday or anniversary, we asked for her cheese cake.
I loved going shopping with my Mom. Since I was little she would let me pretend to be all grown up and “do” the shopping. As I got older, the pretending turned into really helping her shop. My Mom had 3 girls, and I’m the youngest. I don’t know why my sisters never “played” with my Mom. But she and I always had a great time. Continue reading →
So you want to top a pie, cake, cheese cake, cup cakes or some other type of dessert, but you don’t want whip cream or icing. What do you do?
My Mom would make what she called “Adult Topping”. I asked her once, why she called it that and she said “because kids like sugar, and adults like taste”. Well, I didn’t understand that at all until I got older. Now I understand.