Best Meal Ever Week: Grandma and The Best Cooking Lesson Ever

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Em Carpenter

Em was one of those argumentative children who was sarcastically encouraged to become a lawyer, so she did. She is a proud life-long West Virginian, and, paradoxically, a liberal. In addition to writing about society, politics and culture, she enjoys cooking, podcasts, reading, and pretending to be a runner. She will correct your grammar. You can find her on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar CJColucci
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    My paternal Italian grandmother was a lousy cook, except for one thing. Meatballs. If we smelled them when coming into her house, we were happy.Report

  2. Avatar Oscar Gordon
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    I follow your grandma’s style of cooking, to the occasional annoyance of my wife. I tend to follow a recipe exactly the first couple of times, but then I start playing with it, and jotting down the changes, until it works for us.

    My wife gets annoyed when I decide to play with it when it’s what’s for dinner, and it’s a flop. She’s banned me from any major deviations except when I’m doing something on the weekend where we aren’t depending on the result for the next meal.Report

  3. Avatar Jaybird
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    My mom copied Mama’s biscuit recipe from watching Mama make biscuits. Mama used measurements like “the yellow bowl full of flour” and such. One of the ingredients that Mama used was “clean bacon grease”. When my mom copied the recipe down, she changed it to “clean bacon grease or vegetable oil”.

    She made biscuits with vegetable oil.

    She complained to me once that her biscuits were never as good as Mama’s. “They’re still really good!”, I told her.

    I make mine with clean bacon grease.Report

  4. Avatar Michael Siegel
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    This was a lovely post, Em. Made me smile!Report

  5. Avatar Slade the Leveller
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    This brought to mind my great grandma Smith’s fried pies. Thrown together without measuring, fried in lard, and absolutely delicious. Sadly, no one had the foresight to watch her make them, and she took the recipe to her grave.

    Thanks for making me think of that.Report

  6. Avatar Kristin Devine
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    I love this, though it made me crave spaghetti and meatballs. Thanks for sharing.Report

  7. Avatar Fish
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    This is awesome, and relates pretty closely to everyone in my wife’s family trying to replicate Grandma’s cooking. There’s no definitive way to quantify “a pinch of this, a dab of that, just add a little more of this if it does that” and “well you see, Grandma had this bowl…”

    Thanks for writing.Report

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