Week 5: Favorite Food

I am re-posting some of my old blog posts to keep the history of my blog alive. This post is from the 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History blogging prompts series.

This post appeared originally on my blog on Jan 29, 2011.

Week 5: Favorite Food. What was your favorite food from childhood? If it was homemade, who made it? What was in this dish, and why was it your favorite? What is your favorite dish now?

Well favorite food is a hard choice for me to make so I am going to just talk about several of them.

My Grandmother Treat was a great old-fashioned southern cook!  She always had something on the stove when we would visit and most of it came from her very own garden!  She had 6 children and never seemed to be able to make smaller amounts of food so whenever you stopped by there was food on the stove keeping warm for later!

At the holidays she always made two pies:  Chocolate and Lemon Meringues.  I loved those pies and looked forward to them every year.

For everyday type of foods, I loved her fried chicken that was battered with a corn meal and flour combination and pan-fried until the batter was crisp (and the chicken was completely cooked) usually in “lard”.  She always made cornbread and usually homemade mashed potatoes with it.

Another of my favorites was her stew.  She also made a soup that everyone else seemed to like but I am not a big vegetable eater and her soup had every vegetable she grew in it!  This stew had big chunks of potatoes, corn, Tabasco sauce,  tomatoes, cabbage, and huge chunks of browned hamburger meat with some onion and peppers for seasoning.  She would make a huge pot and leave it simmering on the stove all day.  She would have large pans of her cornbread to go with it.  I loved this stew and can make some that is close.  I don’t think mine will ever taste as good as hers but at least I can eat some of it once in a while!

She taught me how to cook many of the dishes she made when I was a teenager and would visit their home in the summer for a week or two.  I can come close on many of her dishes but I never had any baking talent and still can only manage to make even a boxed cake mix turn out about half the time.  I am probably the only grandchild who ever received the advice from this from the garden to the table cook to find a good bakery because I would need it!!

My Grandmother Thompson was also a good cook.  I am told by Dad that she used to cook a lot more when he was a young child and he remembers fondly the huge meals she used to put on the table for their family dinners.  What I remember though is that she used to make these decorated cakes with flowers and such on them.  Also, she made chicken and dumplings that were wonderful.  One of my favorites was her potato salad and deviled eggs that she made at the holidays.

My very favorite food at Grandma and Grandpa Thompson’s home at the holidays was Grandpa Thompson’s Rocky Road Fudge that he started making in the late 1970s.  I think someone else had made it and brought it to work for some function and he found out that the recipe was on the can of condensed milk so he got the stuff and made it for that Thanksgiving dinner.  It was delicious and became a family tradition for years after that.

Mom and Dad would cook for us most nights and I remember liking their meals but my favorite meal when I was a kid was when they would take us out for pizza.  We would go to Pizza Hut and sit at the tables with the red and white checked clothes and be served our pan pizza straight from the oven to our table!  I loved those pizzas and it was such a treat for us to go out to dinner!  Another favorite was Kentucky Fried Chicken when they had the original “Original” chicken and it was served in those little boxes with the “sporks” and wet wipes to clean your fingers with when you finished eating.

The foods now though sometimes don’t seem to measure up to those of my childhood but I think I remember the people who made the dishes more than the actual taste of the dish.

My favorite foods now are much the same as when I was a child:  fried chicken, potato salad, fudge (well really anything chocolate) and pizza.   Now my sister, sister-in-law, and I make the holiday dinners with all the special treats for the children!  Hopefully they will remember our dinners as fondly as I remember the ones from my childhood.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants.