Month: July 2010

If you push it… Does it roll?

My maternal great grandmother, Clara, was an extraordinary woman. With my great grandfather dying early in life, she managed to raise nine children, and numerous grandchildren entirely on her own. (Having no children myself, I consider raising even one child alone an impossible task) and doing so in the early part of the last century when resources, money, and a well stocked mega store were non existent. She was an excellent cook, and my mother, one of the countless grand kids at the house, learned a few things from her. Growing up at home in Marietta, my mom would make one of Clara’s desserts. It was,hot, buttery, chocolaty,…it was heaven in a Pyrex(c) dish. Even now, I can almost taste it while I’m writing and if I close my eyes I can smell the cocoa, butter and browning crust. Clara Carter’s Chocolate Roll Yield – 6 to 8 servings (or just one long roll-fest) Ingredients 1/3 Cup Cocoa 1 Cup Sugar Pinch Salt – 1/8 teaspoon 1 Small Can Evaporated Milk 1 Biscuit Recipe (See …

Where Did You Go… and What did you EAT?

This is a slightly different kind of post. If you’ve read it before – I apologize. But I’ve been a little stuck on writing ideas. So… I figured I would catch some people up to date on some of the things that have happened on a social networking site I belong to. The list below came about from completing one of those “check off what you had done” bucket list chain letter thingies. I realized after I had checked off all the “Done Thats”, I had done about 95% of what most people had included on their respective bucket lists. And, I had eaten 100% of what most people thought they would never eat. Submitting my answers to the ethereal inter-verse – I began to think about it. I’ve eaten some really… I mean really odd stuff over the years. I have always believed that when you travel – look for (and try) what the locals are eating. You never really get a complete, rounded picture of what life and culture is like, until you …

Where did you go…. and what did you eat?

This is a slightly different kind of post. If you’ve read it before – I apologize. But I’ve been a little stuck on writing ideas. So… I figured I would catch some people up to date on some of the things that have happened on a social networking site I belong to. The list below came about from completing one of those “check off what you had done” bucket list chain letter thingies. I realized after I had checked off all the “Done Thats”, I had done about 95% of what most people had included on their respective bucket lists. And, I had eaten 100% of what most people thought they would never eat. Submitting my answers to the  ethereal inter-verse – I began to think about it. I’ve eaten some really… I mean really odd stuff over the years. I have always believed that when you travel – look for (and try) what the locals are eating. You never really get a complete, rounded picture of what life and culture is like, until you …

“Aye Captain – I’m giving it all she’s got!”

There were always a lot of people at my great grandmother’s house. With nine (count ’em, 9) kids of her own, and all of them begattin’ offspring, it’s like someone poured a bucket of water on a box of Gremlins. Being that as it is – at meal time.. pulling together enough grub to feed all those people,  it was always a treat.. well, okay … an adventure.. Fine, … Interesting.. Raising a passel of kids on your own couldn’t have been even remotely sane, and doing it at a time where if you didn’t grow it yourself –  or – couldn’t borrow or barter with your neighbors, you probably went hungry. So a lot of the time, you “made do” with what you had. And, given the times, it was probably never very much. I think due to that, my great-grandmother became a pretty inventive cook. She knew how to stretch food for a crowd into food for a horde. I wont go into all the details now, but there was the time she …