Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Fond Memories of Food and Family

Day 110.

The first cookbook ever given to me was Kids Cooking for Kids. I still have it, with all of my own notes and recipe written in my own penmanship.

Every time I look through the cookbook, it brings a smile to my face. Now, my own children look through it and choose recipes to try on their own.

My breakfast "recipes" from childhood

One of the very first recipes I made by myself. From Kids Cooking for Kids.

The two leading influences on my love of cooking are my mother and my grandmother.  Growing up, I was always served fresh, wholesome, cooked from scratch meals by my mother. We'd have garden-fresh vegetables, backyard-raised beef, homemade breads, and homemade desserts. Thanksgivings were mostly spent at my grandmother's house, where a feast would await us. Grammy spent weeks preparing for Thanksgiving, and would be up cooking and cleaning all night before the big day. But it never showed. She was always so loving and fun to be around.

For many years, the Army kept us away from Grammy's at Thanksgiving. This year, however, my family and I got to visit for Thanksgiving and my own children got to experience their very first Grammy Thanksgiving. Now, it wasn't the feast of Thanksgivings past... it was smaller, and partially catered. But a few favorite dishes graced us with their presence, and just being at Grammy's made it special.

One side dish that Grammy makes is turnips & carrots. It's very simple to do, but it's so delicious. Only five of us like it: My Grammy, my mother, my two children, and me. Maybe we can add you to that list.

Turnips & Carrots

What You Need:
  • 3 turnips, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 lb carrots, peeled and cut up
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • splash of milk
  • salt to taste
How it's Done:
  1. Boil turnips and carrots together until soft, about 20 to 30 minutes, then drain.
  2. Move to a mixing bowl and add milk, salt, and butter. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth.


Andrea said...

I love your cookbook Michelle!! I love your breakfast recipe :) It gave me a big smile this am so thank you for that. Can you believe that I've never tried a turnip? The color is really pretty - I'll have to give this a try :)

Jenn said...

The cookbook is great Michelle! I wish I had a love for cooking at a younger age.. I feel like I missed out on so much :) I love your little hint!!!

Simply Life said...

I love the handwritten recipe!

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