Sunday, January 1, 2012

Your Mother's Cookin'

It's true no matter who you are -- no matter how famous, or independent, or successful -- when you go home to your parents' house, you fall into familiar patterns, familiar roles. All the items of your childhood still sit around you, and in some quiet corner of your soul, you're eight years old again.

My mother keeps things, for a very long time. They may be worn and tattered, but if they're still useful, they're still used. I have emotional attachments to so many of my mother's tattered things. See the little cookbook below? I remember when she got that, as a gift, I think. It's one of those "write-your-favorite-recipes-here" books. I started copying all our cherished family dishes in there. I still remember when I started the copying. At the top of the page, it said "Name." I carefully wrote my mother's name there. Only when I saw the same thing at the top of each page did I realize that I should have put the recipe name. How silly I felt, to have already made a big mistake in a brand new book! I was about twelve years old.
That was decades ago. The pretty pottery cup in the picture is one made by my brother, the artist/farmer, decades ago also. He no longer throws pottery, and we cling carefully to the pieces we have left. There will be no more.

So, what was mother making last night? French Silk Chocolate Pie, my favorite! Anna requested it because she is leaving for college again tomorrow. She has a Winterim class to take.

If you want the recipe for this pie, click here. It's a post I did before. Scroll down a bit in the post. Before getting around to the pie, I wax eloquent about mountains, daffodils, and other things. Here's a picture of today's pie:

Of all things, perhaps one's mother's cooking, with its appeal to eye, nose and mouth, is the most cherished, the most missed. I know that my children already express a devoted attachment to our home's food, just as I feel for my mother's. If you could name one dish of your mother that you miss the most, what would it be?


  1. Merry Christmas my dear ones, enjoy reading your post. I pray this year will be better!



  2. Definitely apple pie. She knows exactly how much to touch the pastry and she can eyeball the sugar, cinnamon and butter. My own family doesn't get giddy over pie, so I don't make it much. Apple crisp is perfect at Mom's, too! That chocolate pie looks delectable!


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