Grandma's Vittles


By: Wayne Brown

From the old chimney, the smoke starts to rise

Grandma’s in the kitchen baking her pies

That ol’ wood stove lined with pots and pans

Nobody can cook like my grandma can

There’s chicken n’ dumplins’ steaming hot

And strong black coffee boiling in the pot

There’s homemade biscuits ‘n sawmill gravy

And that roasted turkey sure smells so savory

Oh the mash potatoes and hot corn pone

We’ll eat like kings and it won’t be long

I like the looks of that sweet smoked ham

It will go so good with biscuits and peach jam

Granny is in her apron; flour to the elbows

Making all those treats, only God knows

How one woman could cook so, so divine

And keep us coming back, standing in line

There’s some of everything on her table

Eat all you want and more if you are able

Grandma will just cook up more if we need it

Don’t let it waste; get in here and eat it!

One and all are always welcome to dine

Choose what you like but it’s all so fine

And just when it's so good you think you’ll die

Get ready for a piece of that hot pecan pie

Going to grandma’s is always a big treat

She’s never without something good to eat

Everything tastes better with Granny’s touch

I guess that’s why we love her oh so much

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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

I miss my granny!!!

this was her, spot on.

Very nice!


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@CMerritt...I think we all had the same grandma, Chris. I sure miss mine as well. Thanks so much! WB

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Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Oh Wayne,

This was the best! My grandma could cook that southern style! I remember going over after church and her having everything ready. She was the master of the home cooking.

My parents went back to Ga last month and they were in heaven as they got to eat all that southern style food. Fried Okra, Fried Chicken, mashpotatoes, fried squash,homemade biscuts, and I know I am missing something...Everything fried but tasted so good! :)lol

Thanks for the memories

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

God how I love chicken and dumplings. Thanks for making my mouth water this morning. Now I have to write an article for a restaurant in Fort Worth called Chef Point Cafe that serves some damn fine food. I think I need a snack. Great hub!

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Renegader_Bj 4 years ago

Love food literature!!!!

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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Nice poem.We never lived very close to either grandma all i can recall is my mothers mom killed chickens to feed guests. They only live about sixty miles from us but people didn't drive as casually back then.

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Miss Lacey 4 years ago from Michigan

I love this! It reminds me of my Granny too! :D And now I'm dying for some of her yummy food!

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Diana Lee 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

This reminds of my grandma very much. Sure wish she was here today. Thanks for the reminder.

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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Now I am so hungry I feel like ordering a pizza... Oh, Wayne, I don't think the grandma's of today are as awesome as ours were. This grandma takes her grandchildren to the Spur where they can order whatever they like. Currently I am teaching the eldest one (8) how to botch up her own delicatessen :) But must say her paternal grandmother is still from the old school - she was born in the late '30's.

I enjoyed your poem, Wayne, as always :)

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Sunnie Day..Having grown up in the south, I am a fried food afficanado! LOL! My mom could always fry okra in a way that I cannot figure out. She is the last of the good cooks generation...the world has changed. Thanks much! WB

@billybuc...I will have to check that one out...have never been there. Thanks much, Billy. WB

@Renagader_Bj....You must love food too! Thanks so much! WB

@dahoglund...We only lived about 15 miles from my mother's folk and that is the grandmother who could really cook...still miss those meals. Thanks, Don. WB

@Miss Lacey....The baby boomers grandmothers were some great cooks. Thank you! WB

@Diana Lee...Guess we should have paid more attention and learned something about cooking back then, huh? Thanks much! WB

@MartieCoetser...You are so right, Martie. Roles have shifted all around. I cook much more than my wife but I like it and have fun with it. She sees it only as a chore. But we are far more prone to eating out than creating meals for others. The world has changed and not for the better in cases such as this. Thanks much. WB

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teaches12345 4 years ago

This poem reminds me of my mom as a grandma. Everyone always enjoyed coming home to visit with her. She always had something to share and if not, she would cook up something right then. Thanks for the smile in my day. Voted up.

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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Wayne - Some of the best times I remember as a kid were having dinner at my Grandmother's house. One night we were having cow's tongue, which is quite good if cooked correctly. I had a cousin visiting from Maryland and she was raving about the flavor of the meat. She asked what it was. When told you can imagine what happened next. Grandmother took it all in stride though.


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mljdgulley354 4 years ago

Beautiful poem of your grandmother. I was fortunate to grow up with two grandmothers, a step grandmother and a great grandmother. All four of those women sure knew how to cook. I'm glad they passed their talent on to their kids and grandkids

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moneycop 4 years ago from JABALPUR

u made me in to tears of remembering late grand ma...

thanks a lot

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

now that you have me so hungry and I am missing my grandmother..

I love your hub.

voted up


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome! I sure miss my grandma and yours sounds wonderful. The poem actually made me hungry and a bit sad.

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

I had the same grandma as you, Wayne, she could cook almost any food and it tasted like heaven. Nope, they do not make grandmas like that any more. Speaking for myself, it's so much easier to eat out. But I still miss those days. Thanks for reviving the lovely memories with this tender, sweet poetry.

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Truckstop Sally 4 years ago

WB - Great hub! Remember the little metal container that held bacon grease? Think it came along with the canister set. My favorite - steak covered with gravy. I finally came close to re-creating her cornbread dressing this past Thanksgiving - delicious. It all tasted so good because it was made with love!

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@money cop....Sorry for the tears...glad for the memories! Thanks. WB

@Deborah Brooks...I sure miss mine too and all the smells coming out of that kitchen. Thanks much. WB

@Gypsy Rose Lee...I got hungry just writing it! LOL! Thanks much for the good words. WB

@drbj...I think I got some of my grandma's genes...I like to cook. I find it creative though I am not a very disciplined chef. Thanks very much!WB

@Truckstop Sally...That is so true...made with love every single time. Mom is alway telling me something when I visit her about how to thicken this or that and how to put a little extra on something. She learned a lot from my grandmother...more than her other sibs. Her advice to me when I went off to college was..."I am going to teach you how to iron, make sweet ice tea, and tuna fish woman can ever leave you high and dry if you know those things." I laughed at the time but it later came in handy!LOL! Thanks, Amy. WB

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breakfastpop 4 years ago

My grandma had a tiny stove that looked exactly like the one pictured above.Thanks for reminding me of my dear grandma.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@breakfastpop...You suppose the stoves were little or the meals were just so big???LOL! Thanks! WB

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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

My Granny in England cooked in oven connected to a fire.

In the Summertime boy did it get so hot in the living room smelling so good. Thanks for this memory. Voted up and interesting.

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

My grandma on my father's side cooked like this and I sure loved her. Awesome hub.

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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

Wayne most excellent write, brings back memories of my little brothers mother in law on visits back to the south after church she'd cover a table with all sorts of good eats if any one left hungry it was there own fault! thanks for bringing back memories!,


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@writer20...My grandmother used a wood-fired stove for years. she finally went electrice when I was a small boy. Glad you enjoyed the poem. Thanks. WB

@Pamela99...Good food has won many hearts...maybe that is the way to fight a war! LOL! Thanks much. WB

@50 Caliber...Nothing like remember good food, Dusty. Thank you! WB

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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

You capture our Grandmas' so well and they were a very special breed. They thought nothing of toiling in a hot kitchen all day to feed the extended family. A lovely tribute to Grandmas. You have evoked lots of warm memories here. My votes to you Wayne Brown.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@fennelseed...They came from an era of very define roles between men and women. At that time, women thought they had the better end of the deal (as did the men!). It was also a time in which a woman was expected to become a good cook or folks would talk about them! LOL! Thanks so much for the good comments. WB

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LABrashear 4 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

Thanks for this Wayne! My Grandma was German, so not the southern food. But I remember going to her house and there was always German Sausage on the stove for sandwiches or Kraut burgers or some sort of yummy, cake or cookie type thing. And the coffee. Thanks for bringing back these memories. I miss her lots, but appreciate it! Voted up and sharing.

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savanahl 4 years ago

What a wonderful piece you wrote. My grandma was Thai so she cooked Thai food, but I remember the coffee. I can still smell it. This brought back such great memories. Thank you for sharing.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@LABrasher....MMMM! German sausage, bratworst, struddle, red cabbage...lots of good things, huh? Thanks much. WB

@savanahl...Thank you...glad I can tough on those memories for you. WB

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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

That was wonderful! I can remember my grandma making light bread and red beans when we came to visit. There was always some kind of dessert waiting for us too. Thank you for bringing back old memories! Voted up and awesome! :)

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@sgbrown...Grandmas seem to find a special place in everyone's heart...I hope I can do that as a grandpa! Thanks much. WB

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ImKarn23 4 years ago

This brought back memories of my grandmothers kitchen and how it smelled...all the time! I just baked cookies using one of her recipes tonight. Totally enjoyable Wayne!

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@ImKarn23...Yes, the smells were like permanent! Thank you! WB

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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

OH my!!!!!! A beautifully descriptive poem, Enjoyed reading and loved it. You're granny must be awesome. Loved the picture. Voted up. Great poem once again.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Vellur...One of my grandmas was a very loving lady who could cook cirles around folks. The other was just the opposite...amazing the difference it makes to a child. Thanks much for the good words! WB

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Vincent Moore 4 years ago

I could just smell all the goodies being cooked in your grandma's kitchen. I to had a grandma who could cook up a storm and we all left her house stuffed and feeling content and loved by her kind heart. Something about grandma's cooking, I truly believe God placed that special talent of great hospitality in their hands and hearts. Bravo my friend and talented scribed, Voted Up and shared.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Vincent Moore...I think we were a bless generation in that respect...those days may well be behind us such that almost all of us had at least one grandmother who could really cook...nowadays...they are much more rare but no less loving. Thanks much! WB

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reikieffect 4 years ago

Beautiful poem WB. Cooking and baking are just some of the ways grandmother's and mother's show their love.

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Senoritaa 4 years ago

Sounds exactly like how my granny used to cook. Now she's too old to go to the kitchen, but we talk about her food all the time.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@reikieffect...So true and memorable ones as well. Thank you! WB

@Senoritaa...They are even fun to talk about food with, huh? They remember just how they cooked each item...never had to write it down. Thanks much. WB

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Wizzie Crone 4 years ago from

My grandmother died when I was 18. But we lived next door to her and she taught me how to cook. Now I have turned into her. Everything I cook brings back memories of her. This hub has inspired me to write about my grandmother. Thank you.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Wizzie Crone...Thank you and such a nice compliment to know that I have inspired your interest in writing about your grandmother. I look forward to reading it! WB

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tlpoague 4 years ago from USA

This brought tears to my eyes as I thought about all the great times I had going to my grandmother's. You never could see the table from all the food she made. I can smell the hot pecan pie now. I am grateful enough that she taught me her cooking so I could pass it on to my grandchildren. Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@tipoague....So glad you enjoyed it and felt those memories of your own grandmother. As the lines are blurred on the traditional roles of mothers and fathers, we lose some things...a lot of good cooks is one of them I am afraid. Luckily, you have held on to that tradition and will be able to continue you it in your family until others can appreciate it and take over the reins...Thanks so much! WB

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thebluestar 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

What beautiful memories you have Wayne. I never knew either of my grannies and missed out on the loving! I shared friends grannies and wished I had my own. I adore baking and love to cook for my grandson, maybe one day he will have fond memories of his granny too. Thank you for sharing your granny. :)

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carolinemd21 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

Great poem Wayne! Very clever and fun.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@thebluestar...Hi! Have seen you about...good to see ya! That is comforting to know that you have a chance to build a memory...maybe just like this one! Thanks much! WB

@carolinemd21...Thank you! WB

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annart 4 years ago from SW England

Strange how we always associate food with our grannies! Not sure if my grandchildren do or will do the same, as I'm hardly a cordon bleu; however, I hope they have a good homely view of me! Sorry, another question on words - what is 'pone' in verse 3? Voted up, interesting and beautiful.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@annart...I am afraid we are as a generation rapidlly losing those roles in life for other things I suppose. No longer do a cross section of women care to be identified with being great cooks. Funny, cause I like to cook myself and I find a number of men who do as well. The word "pone" refers to a body of cornbread. The mixture for the cornbread is made up and placed into a greased black skillet which is then baked in the oven like a cake. The round disk created is referred to a "pone" thus the term "corn pone". Thanks much! WB

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annart 4 years ago from SW England

Thanks. Another one to add to my dictionary!

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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

This was awesome. it renders true with so many of us who were lucky enough to have a grandma like this.

Great stuff. Thank you.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Dim Flaxenwick...Thank you, so glad I could revive those memories for so many. WB

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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

wonderful memories. My dad's mom wasn't the greatest cook, but my mom's mother is a fantastic cook... she owns a restaurant that's made her very wealthy. I love watching her cook.

Thanks for sharing.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@PDXKaraokeGuy...I had much the same experience growing mom's mother was a great cook as was my mom. I suppose that is why I have an interest in cooking myself. Thanks for the good words. WB

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