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Ancestral Cooking Forum

Re: Utensils from the past
In Response To: Utensils from the past ()


This article really resonated with me. During childhood, I didn't do baking with my mother, but rather my paternal grandmother. My father now lives in the house he inherited from his parents.

Basically, it appears the same way I remember from childhood; the kichen moreso than any other room. The trivets and cutlery sets are still hanging on the wall. The same pot holders hang from the refrigerator. And the same utensils, cookware, and bakeware occupy their various places. I can still picture my grandmother in front of her stove, stirring some delicious sweet or savory concoction. If I close my eyes, I can even smell the corn pudding or butterscotch pie in the oven, or the warm strawberries and rhubarb simmering on the stove. I can't tell you how many of those batter-coated spoons I licked, but can remember them all collectively.

Now, Daddy wants to send some of my grandmother's things with me across country, for instance, the baking items. (I need never fear that he'll be overtaken with the desire to whip up a pie or cobbler! That's just not even within the remotest realm of possibility!)

There is one item in particular that he really wants to send with me from Indiana to Nevada: my grandmother's old rolling pin. Now, I could have easily brought it with me when I returned from my trip in November. If really motivated, I suppose I could have asked him to ship it to me before now. I have just been reluctant.

Right now, I am content to allow it to occupy its rightful place alongside all those other wonderful culinary items of Grandma's. The day will eventually come when it will find a home with me. Until then, it is already at home.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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