My Writing Village – The Hand-Me-Down Cook

My Writing Village – The Hand-Me-Down Cook

I’ve been blogging about immigrants and today in my Monday “Practical” Blog, I want to talk about cooking and my mother.

My mother was a famous cook in the Scandinavian Circles of Cecil County, Maryland. where I grew up. She and my dad often entertained other families for dinner and no one ever refused an invitation to our home. She made delicious soups and stews and roasts, all kinds of vegetables and breads, but she was best known for her deserts.

SFS_AngelFood_-3_articleAngle food cake, chocolate brownies, lemon soufflé, chocolate roll, and cream puffs were some of her legendary deserts. I remember when our Lutheran Church was raising money for a new sanctuary; she baked 70 angle food cakes and sold them (to order) over a period of months.

All of the cakes were made from scratch. Her angle food cake had a dozen egg whites in it, always beaten with a hand mixer. Electric mixers made the consistency too dense, she claimed.

When she got older and was living in New Jersey, I brought her to my house over several days and we sat at my computer while she down-loaded her recipes one at a time. It was a handful of that and a sprinkle of this, with a glob of butter the size of an egg. I translated all of this as best I could and filed them in my PC under “Elsa’s Recipes”.

If you come to my house for dinner, you will probably be treated to one of my mother’s recipes.

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