Traverse City Record-Eagle

Edna Shaffer: Grandma's Kitchen

August 17, 2008

Grandma's Kitchen: Family and vinegar

What a good morning! I really enjoy meeting new people and today I hit the jackpot. Thanks to an R-E column I was contacted by a lady who grew up where I did in Arkansas those many years ago. Our phone visits have been so much fun and I will be meeting she and her husband in person this coming Sunday. Isn't it great to meet someone you've shared a common experience with, even though you didn't know them at the time? I'm sure the conversation will get around to the foods we had as kids...so stay tuned!

I'm looking forward to Aug. 20th when the women in our family will begin to gather (all four generations) for a very special occasion. Daughter Molly will be hosting a Blessing Way for her daughter Rachael who is expecting her first baby in October. This will be a time to celebrate this new life and welcome Rachael to the joys of motherhood. Material gifts are not given.....love is. This love is expressed through poetry and readings and small heart gifts are given to encourage the mother during the birthing. Of course we put our own spin on it with the things that are meaningful to our family. It is a wonderful bonding and strengthening of the family ties, and the unspoken pledge to be there for the new mother and the little one. It's also a time of laughter and feasting. I can hardly wait!

I hope your summer is going well and not too fast. Have you discovered any new ways to cook those same great garden vegetables you've cooked for years? The "experts" are saying they have more nutrients if eaten raw...that cooking destroys the vitamins. I have a suggestion if you have lots of swiss chard. My friend makes cabbage roll-ups and substitutes the chard for cabbage, It is delicious and the leaves are so easy to work with.

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