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Meals Grandmother Made

Updated on January 5, 2012

Meals Grandmother made

Food, both my grandmothers taught me how to cook; how to prepare food and to enjoy doing so. They, both, experienced the Great Depression and during that period had learned much about getting good meals while spending very little. Their lessons were taken to heart and I still cook many of the meals they introduced me to as I was growing up.

Now, I love to cook and all that goes with it, shopping, and food preparation; the parts that come after, the cleaning up and dish washing are essential but not as much fun.

I still prepare the basic meals my garndmothers taught me, however, thee have been many dishes added to the menu.

For example, birthdays, anniversaries and other special days will see me preparing something elaborate. My wife is particularly fond of my tofu lasagna and I often make this during the Christmas season.

I always like making chili, in fact, there is chili in the slow cooker right now; it is a cool and windy day and this is a perfect meal for such weather.

However, the stews, root vegetable pies and soups I was raised on are still made and served around her on a regular basis. Some of the dishes I have modified according to my and my wife’s tastes.

I also enjoy experimenting with a dish. Once I have it down pat, that is, I do not need to refer to the recipe to make it, I start giving some thought to what else I can add or what I can substitute. This is an enjoyable mental exercise and has produced some great meals and a few no so great; but, we learn by doing so I continue to experiment and make note.

One change I made is using a slow cooker which was not available when the grandmothers were teaching me.

Both grandmothers relied on the root vegetables, potatoes, carrots, beets, turnip and even parsnips, for example as dietary mainstays. I do as well, for one reason these are inexpensive items that are available all year round and from a local source which means I can make dishes from vegetables grown within 100 miles of my home, gotta love that.

Shepherd’s pie was another favourite and one my wife truly enjoys. Today I make a number of variations on this dish, including one without meat.

I admit that unlike grandma I use frozen pie shells, but I am learning to make my own bread and pie shells, so one day soon I will be doing just what grandma did, back when I was very young.

Thanks to my grandmothers I developed a joy for cooking, and was shown ways to prepare great meals for a very low price. Thanks grandmas.

basic vegetable stew in slow cooker

This meal began with my grandmother showing me how to cook: Bob Ewing photo
This meal began with my grandmother showing me how to cook: Bob Ewing photo

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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, thanks for dropping by.

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    Lamme 

    8 years ago

    Excellent hub. I'm sure your grandmothers would be proud. Thanks for a great article.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Unique that is a good word to describe some home cooking, thanks.

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    Origin 

    8 years ago from Minneapolis

    My grandma has always made unique dishes that I've never had anywhere else, which includes restaurants, and they were always very delicious!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Tofu lasagna is good but not to everyone's liking.

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    Michael Shane 

    8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

    I'm not sure about the tofu lasagna but everything else sounds great!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    "The secret is in the mixing of the fat that you use with the flour mixture." I will use butter too, Thanks for the comment.

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    reddog1027 

    8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    Enjoyed hearing about the grandmothers and the things that they taught you. I always like to read the passing on of knowledge within the family. The root vegetable pie is going into my recipe box. Good luck with the pie crust. The secret is in the mixing of the fat that you use with the flour mixture. I use butter because I won't use anything that has been altered like shortening. My children's great grandmother swore by lard.

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    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks P99.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for visiting.

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    couponalbum 

    8 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

    You make me remember of my grandma. She also makes delicious dishes. Nice hub!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Never had a rabbit stew but do make an Irish stew with my grandmother's recipe.

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    billyaustindillon 

    8 years ago

    I love stews - we have a great Irish stew handed down from one my grand mothers and a great rabbit stew from the other.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Great hub on using Gramma's methods of cooking. I remember by Grandmother never using a recipe and everything was always wonderful. I sounds like you a truly good cook when you start thinking up ingredients to make a meal more appetizing. Slow cookers are wonderful for so many recipes. today. Excellent hub.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Food and memory are intimately linked, thanks for dropping by and enjoy.

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    Barbara 

    8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

    I read this at 3am, when I couldn't sleep! It brought me back to my grandmother's home in northern North Dakota. She taught me to roll lefse. What special memories these are and what delicious and tangible treasures we remember them by. Thanks Bob. I will have to sample some of your recipes and recall your words in the process.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thank you both for dropping by.

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    Tony McGregor 

    8 years ago from South Africa

    This is a wonderful tribute to you grandmothers. No wonder you like to cook!

    Thanks for sharing.Love and peace

    Tony

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    Sandra Mireles 

    8 years ago from Texas

    Nice sentimental hub. I love to remember the way my grandmother cooked. It is healthier and that is important.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    I am glad you enjoyed it, I agree cooking is fun and healthy as well, what's to lose?

  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    Sounds like you're really into cooking. Me too. I think cooking my own food helps me eat a bit healthier. Plus, it's fun! By the way, I've tried the turkey soup recipe from your other hub. It was great! :)

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome. Thanks for dropping by.

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    Hello, hello, 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    I love Shepherd pie and thank you for a lovely trip down memory lane.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Click on the link.

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    EnLydia Listener 

    8 years ago

    Very good...what is your recipe for shephards pie?

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    I agree, saving money and eating well, good plan, thanks for dropping by.

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    Katherine Baldwin 

    8 years ago from South Carolina

    Hi Bob, those are the days we should all go back to. Creating our meals from scratch is something everyone needs to do.It's cheaper, healthier and doesn't take that much more time to prepare. Great hub.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for dropping by.

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    AARON99 

    8 years ago

    Wonderful hub on meals made by grandmother, especially with her love for the grandchildrens. Well done. Enjoy.

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