Cooking with my Grandmama Nell
My Grandmama Nell was one of the best cooks in my little hometown in middle Georgia. She made all the doctors cakes for Christmas. Not just a cake, but a CAKE. Usually it was one of her famous top 3: Japanese Fruitcake, Lemon Cheese Cake, or Lane Cake. All had this wonderful, fluffy white icing, and stood a foot tall (or so it always seemed to me). I can still see her kitchen counter covered with all the ingredients, and this giant mix master that seemed to be forever spinning. It was the kind you didn't have to attend very much; it just sat there, and did it's job, while she did other things. I honestly don't know the brand, but in my mind, it had to be a Kitchenaid! (That's my super hero mix master, as I've mentioned before).
And believe you me, those doctors and lawyers were at my grandmother's beck and call all year in anticipation of those Christmas cakes!
I picked white here, because my grandmother's was white. Kitchenaid comes in about a million colors!
She Could Cook Anything!
Now my Grandmama Nell wasn't just a great cake baker; she could cook anything, and it was wonderful! And you should understand, that's not just me talking. She had a reputation! Her turnip greens were to die for, and they had some sort of corn meal dumplin's in them. And she made this cherry pie that makes me hope Heaven has kitchens, so I can have it just one more time!
I remember sitting at her big kitchen table, with her big old waffle iron plugged in, and my brother and I just drooling over the next waffle to come out. Somehow, waffles don't taste like that any more! For one thing, it wasn't glorified pancake mix that she used. There was real flour and milk and eggs in her stuff!
Talk About Old Fashioned Recipes!!!
As you can see from the above picture, I am now in possession of her most prized recipes. They are in pretty bad shape, because they were well used and loved. Some are written in old school composition books,(Anybody remember the old blue horse?), some in an old loose leaf notebook, and some are on blank pages of an old ledger she had that listed her debits for the month. Light bill; $5.73, water bill; $3.50, and groceries; $4.50. She also paid someone $6 for a load of coal! Think these recipes qualify for "old fashioned"? She had even pasted some recipes from magazines and newspapers over the class work my mother did in a geography notebook - dated 1927! Anyway, you get the picture. These recipes are old, authentic, and good. And, I plan to share some with you from time to time!
These are some other old recipes that you might be interested in.
A Final Explanation
Now one final word. As I put up some of the recipes, be aware that some old fashioned terms are used; like "sweet milk", and flour (with no distinction as to what kind), oleo, and "soft ball" (or hard ball) stage. If I know what it means, and for most of those just mentioned, I do; I will tell you. Otherwise, you are on your own! I will put the search term "My Grandmama Nell" on all recipes of hers I post, so be on the lookout.
Beware! If nostalgia isn't your thing, just go for the recipes, and skim the rest. The recipes are all wonderful, but I can't write about them without the remembering. That's just part of the package; I can't do it any other way!