A Different Kind of Cook - A Poem

Hot apple pie waiting to be cut and served.
Hot apple pie waiting to be cut and served. | Source
Soups and stews are staples.
Soups and stews are staples. | Source
Plain and simple but seasoned just right.
Plain and simple but seasoned just right. | Source
Good as is, or with a choice of rice or potatoes.
Good as is, or with a choice of rice or potatoes. | Source
A working kitchen requires a cook.
A working kitchen requires a cook. | Source
Five great cooks.  Cooking has its family traditions, too.
Five great cooks. Cooking has its family traditions, too. | Source
The best meals of any kind are the ones we share with family and friends.
The best meals of any kind are the ones we share with family and friends. | Source

Home is where the kitchen is.


Every worldwide family

Has a very special cook,

The one they treasure dearly,

The one worth a second look.


And yet they all are different,

Their approaches unique too.

It could be a favorite aunt,

Who makes “that special stew.”


Some keep it “plain and simple”

Some jazz it up a bit.

But when it’s on the table,

It’s sure to be a hit.


Some sure mess up the kitchen.

Some keep it spic and span.

Some only cook with chicken.

Some just cook for their man.


No matter what the menu,

When the cook is in her “lab”

The best part of her menu

Isn’t just how small the tab.


The fragrances that linger,

Around the kitchen door,

Like music to a singer,

A hint of what's in store.


We crave the old familiar

Our favorite “chef” will cook,

And all else is peculiar,

Not worthy for her book.


If there should be a contest,

We’re sure that she would win.

Her dishes’ judged the “Best”

With judges digging in.


Her face a humble smile,

Blue ribbons in her hand,

We knew it all the while.

Mom’s foods are simply grand.


________

© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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Comments 45 comments

Victoria Lynn profile image

Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

That's very sweet and special. Special times for family sure are often centered around food, aren't they? This is a neat poem with nice photos. The food pics make me hungry. Many votes!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

This is a sweet piece! I actually think it was my grandmother who was the cook and how I loved visiting her!


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

great poetry on my favorite subject, or than women. nice hub, gotta go eat now!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Victoria Lynn: Eating, listening, and chatting about mutual interests. How good can it get, especially when there are one or more great cooks around?


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

AudreyHowitt: Some great cooks bake wonderful homemade breads. My grandmother baked biscuits, and aren't they great with honey or maple syrup!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

cleaner3: Where did the perception come from that great chefs are typically men? Probably because they seem better suited to bossing a kitchen. Wine afficianados are most often seen as men, too. Yet I believe that women have a sharper sense of taste than men. Go figure! Does anyone know, if that is true?


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flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

Charming poem and it is a delight to taste other family members recipes.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

For sure--enjoyable times. And I think you should research and write a hub about the perception of so many mean being great chefs? There are some women who are really good, I'm sure, but are they lesser known? Interesting question. Is it just a perception or are there more great male chefs?


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

flashmakeit: Thoughts are with you, too. Hope you don't have to cook this weekend, unless you want to. Are you any good in the kitchen?


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flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

I just cook for me and I seem to love my food.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Victoria Lynn: A little Freudian slip there (mean=men)? I think I will stick to poems and politics for awhile during this Election 2012 season which also has some need for light-hearted stuff. the biggest casualty so far? Truth. It's hard to go wrong with Mom and Apple Pie.


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

This is a beautiful poem with great pictures highlighted along the side. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed this. Voted up and beautiful!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

MelChi: For the vote and comment, thanks. As a first-time reader, thanks, too. I am enjoying yours, also.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

flashmakeit: Good for you. Your Mom (or someone) shared some good talents to make your life enjoyable. Have a wonderful weekend and Memorial Day.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up. Such a wonderful poem. Made me hungry all the way through. In most family's the greatest cooks of course are moms and grandmas and then everyone else. Love the pics and the food looks delicious and congrats I see you too are a cook. Thanks for sharing.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Gypsy Rose Lee: Yes, that was a great looking pie I made wasn't it! And it tasted even better than it looked! Men can cook, when we put our mind to it...or get hungry enough for something we like.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What a lively poem, I really like this one! I vote up and will share as well. Take care.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

ChristyWrites: Lively (or a lovely typo?). It does roll right along, for sure. Thanks for voting and especially for sharing. Remember this one for Mothers Day (some distance away now!)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I meant lively as I like the flow and ease of the poem.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Great hub Demas!

For me the best cook is my mother and my best dish is what she makes in her best moods...

Loved the poem!!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

rahul0324: And a meal she makes in her best mood, and that the two of you can sit down and share together, right?


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Exactly Demas... in fact I would come out and share my favorite that we enjoy together.. It's a staple east indian meal of Steamed Rice, Yellow Lentil Soup, Mashed Potatoes, Mango Pickle, And Ghee...

And then I get lost into some divine ecstasy.. refreshed each time :))


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

rahul0324: I won't spell it correctly, but include some chapati and it sounds like a complete meal to me! I like chutney, too.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I remember the special foods my mom always made.. her fried chicken was the best her banana pudding absolutely wonderful... and so on I love your hub

Debbie


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Oh yes.... Chapatis are also good... and the favorite chutney of mine is coriander and chilly :)


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Deborah Brooks: We all have our favorites and we can remember some of the special times at a table with a special meal. I can remember eating at the Spece Needle in Seattle, but I have no recollection of what I ordered. On the other hand, I have memories of several meals at home and at my grandmother's. Picnics and clambakes are most always memorable, as was a steak sandwich of just bread and steaks which had been cooked outdoors in the winter when some of us had gone ice fishing.


stessily 4 years ago

Perspycacious, Your poem comes straight from your heart. Your photos are wonderful; I can imagine the aromas of the pie, the soups, the vegetables.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

stessily: I need to do more Hubs with recipes, so you can do more than just imagine the aromas. First I have to do one on Afghanistan because I think we have all missed the point on what happens when we pull out our troops some next year, and the rest in 2014.


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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Mmmm! I can just smell all that luscious food. Loved the images, too. I haven't written much about recipes or food as mine usually taste good, but don't look so wonderful.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

BlossomSB: "Beauty if in the eye of the beholder." Who knows, maybe they will look wonderful to the rest of us


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

thanks for sharing this great family meal...


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

What a sweet poem and such great pictures...of the food and of the family. Eating out is less work, but there is nothing better than sharing food and conversation at home with one's family.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

phdast7: I will affirm your affirmation that "...there is nothing better than sharing food and conversation at home with one's family" (and friends, too.)


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

We all have our own individual styles and voices! I enjoyed this lovely poem. And I so agree with it. Sharing!


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

We all have our own individual styles and voices! I enjoyed this lovely poem. And I so agree with it. Sharing!


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dghbrh 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

I pressed every possible buttons and many more here for this uniquely awesome poem.......! Best part for me if of course....

'.....The fragrances that linger,

Around the kitchen door,

Like music to a singer,

A hint of what's in store....'

Waiting for your next onc.......sharing it to the world also.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

midget38: thank you for stopping by again, and for the sharing. I just commented on one of yours, too.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

dghbrh: Your sharing is also greatly appreciated, along with the Hubs you do here on HubPages.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I so enjoyed your poem and pictures and will be adding it to my favorites in Pinterest. Sharing and voting as well.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I reread this after many months. I enjoyed it very much again. How I love working in my "lab" to create things! Love this one! :-)


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Perspycacious 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Just Ask Susan Thanks for the comment, votes, and sharing. Lots of great cooks everywhere, and Canada is far from being an exception.


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Perspycacious 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Victoria Lynn Just as with many of your Hubs, some of mine appear to be enjoyable (or something) the second time around. Did you hear about the man who remodeled his kitchen by marrying a different wife?


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

Voted up, interesting and awesome. It's time for this cook to get some dinner stirred up.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

tirelesstraveler - That sounds like a Soup-or idea. Thanks for voting.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

tirelesstraveler - That sounds like a Soup-or idea. Thanks for voting.

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