Wednesday, December 24, 2008

That's 2 cups of flour...


Let the cooking begin...my daughter is having Christmas dinner at her house this year, but I always bake the pies and the rolls and odds and ends. We've had a funny thing going on through the years, when I bake the pumpkin pies, I always have to bring the can label with, because one year I baked sweet potato pie and she thought it was pumpkin...and was totally grossed out when the truth was told...even after eating 3 pieces...hmmm...

But I'm one of those good ol' cooks, from scratch kinda cookin', whole wheat, fresh eggs all natural products, that fresh right outta the cow kinda stuff...and she just hates it, she is a totally outta the box kinda gal. Now how on earth did that happen when she was not raised that way.

Christmas with my 'X', was always a trial for my daughter, as my husband, you know, the Robert Redford, Jeremiah Johnson type...would always go out the day before and shoot us a turkey. If you've never had a wild turkey before, you have NEVER tasted turkey, nuthin' like it! Eggs fresh from the henhouse, veggies from the summer before's bounty, it was a feast for most modern pilgrims.

My Granny one year before she passed, taught me her minced meat pie recipe, though we altered it with deer meat...of course some of Jeremiah's booty...anyone that tasted it could not tell it was deer. We processed our own deer (should you doubt) so the taste was totally game-taint free, it totally tasted like beef. But Granny's pies were the best, never used lard, always Crisco, for that light, flaky, buttery taste and I have to brag a bit, my pies taste exactly like Grams'.

So as the snows come down in this wintery season of holiday, my oven is warming the house, the smells would draw in any man out of the field and the silence of the new fallen snow spreads a magic all around...it's CHRISTMAS...

11 comments:

High Desert Diva said...

Mmmmm....I'm with ya. That's the best kind of baking/cooking.

Yesterday, my sister Chantele (who lives in Michigan) emailed me for our family's vinarterta recipe (Icelandic holiday cake) as her youngest daughter wanted to make it, thereby continuing the tradition.

Chantele told me she had used Pillsbury cookie dough for the recipe the last time she made it...aaacckkkk! Blasphemy!

Off to dream up a holiday recipe without flour, eggs or milk products. (yeah...takes all the fun out of it...)

Merry, merry!

Golden West said...

Wishing you a Merry Christmas. Thanks for stopping by!

JB Knacker said...

Sounds like a wonderful day of baking! That's my specialty, too. I come from a large family and have never been given turkey duty...usually cutting up vegetables to bring to the big family gathering. Now, I'm the pie lady...I do a mean apple pie! Enjoy the day and Merry Christmas! Brenda

Zita - Magpie said...

Wow. Happy cooking and baking this lovely Christmas time...

trash talk said...

Isn't it amazing how the smell of baking pies and yeast rolls can warm up a home even when it's colder than who'd a thought it outside! My granddaughter and I are in the midst of holiday meal prep and I'm loving every minute of it! Merry Christmas, my sister in spirit! Debbie

cconz said...

great post sharon.Sounds like alot of work. Bill and i and bill's mom are going out to the casino for christmas brunch. Much easier.

willow said...

Merry, Merry Christmas to you and yours, Sharon! :D

Willow x

lulu Redstar & Lauri Evans said...

Merry Christmas Sweet Sharon. I hope you have a wonderful Holiday with your family. Lauri @ chippys

Karen from A`Musements said...

Merry Christmas Sharon!!! Hoping you are finished with the baking (I haven't started, as usual!) and the wrapping (I haven't done that, either!) and enjoying that seventh showing of "It's a Wonderful Life" with some strong nog... Happy New Year!!!
xoxo
Karen

M.Kate said...

Merry Christmas Sharon..the cooking sounds like fun though I am not good at baking. Eat an extra slice for me will ya :)

Tea Time With Melody said...

You know, I am just like your daughter, cook out of the box. I think if I was a homemaker I would cook from scratch. I would have much more time on my hands. Probably be a lot cheaper too!