Monday, March 7, 2016

Fearless Females - Day 7 - Recipes

Lisa Alzo, the Accidental Genealogist, started a blogging prompt-series in 2010 in honor of Women's History Month and our female ancestors. If you wish to participate, the prompts are here.

Share a favorite recipe from your mother or grandmother's kitchen. Why is this dish your favorite? If you don't have one that's been passed down, describe a favorite holiday or other meal you shared with your family.

When I think of my paternal grandmother and food I think of three things; her rich and creamy cheesecake, her pot roast with the darkest gravy you've ever seen, and her delicious Swedish meatballs.  I didn't have any of her recipes until I found her personal recipe book in my stepmother's basement in September.  I still haven't had a chance to try my hand at any of them myself or even scan or copy any of them, but I did recently scan some old slides and guess what we were eating! Here I am goofing around with my dad who took the photo. I can actually taste that cheesecake right now even though I haven't had it in over twenty years.

When I think of my maternal grandmother and food I think of her Christmas baking and her delicious chocolate sauce. My favorites were her lacy cookies, her melt-in-your-mouth shortbread and her Nanaimo bars. I'm making myself hungry! I don't bake cookies much, but I do make her chocolate sauce a couple of times a year. Although I am a chocoholic, this sauce is very sweet and is best served over french vanilla ice cream. I shared the recipe once before for Family Recipe Friday, you can find it here.

It looks a bit thin here but was probably just a bit too hot and settled
in the bottom of the bowl.

One of these days I will try more of these recipes for myself and share them on Family Recipe Friday, too.