My Mother is an amazing cook!!! She loves to cook and bake and it shows in the meals she serves. She is a no-nonsense cook, and everything she makes is from scratch!!!
I have been trying to think of my favorite meal my Mother makes and I am finding that difficult to do. There are just too many to pick from and each on conjures up a different emotions!!
As a child I traveled (camped) with my family all over the whole United States, what an exciting way to see the amazing wonders the U.S. has to offer. I think that every meal that Mother cooked while on vacation was the BEST. There is nothing like eating a big breakfast cooked on a small stove in one skillet, to start your day. I too have taken my children all over the U.S. camping, and I still think food just tastes better cooked in a campground!!
Another favorite for me is when Mother made meatloaf, it wasn’t necessarily the meatloaf that made the meal it was the wilted lettuce salad. Every summer when the leaf lettuce appears in the garden we were sure to have Mothers meatloaf dinner soon. She would take the lettuce and prepare it for the most amazing dressing. She takes bacon and cooks and crumbles it, then she adds vinegar and sugar to the frying pan (bacon grease and all), then she would pour it over the lettuce….OMG my mouth is watering right now!!!
Here is another favorite that is not really about the whole meal, but about one single dish. My Mother’s Coleslaw!! My sister and I are obsessed with it. She has given us the recipe(cabbage, carrots, onions, green peppers, mayo, sugar and vinegar) but when we make it, it isn’t the same thing. Anytime my Mother makes coleslaw it is a treat for everyone. I really don’t think she does anything special, or that she is leaving something out of her recipe so we can’t copy it. I think it is just that she made it. (Dad says it’s because he has chopped all the vegetables). In fact when my Mothers comes to visit my sister or I we make sure we have all the ingredients ready so Mother can make us a large vat of coleslaw!!
Another favorite meal/memory would be Christmas morning breakfast. This was no ordinary breakfast this was a special treat that we only got to eat on Christmas morning. After we had opened the last of the gifts Mother would disappear into the kitchen and cook for us a meal that all three of children still serve to their families every Christmas. Breakfast would consist of smoked sausage and not the sausage that you buy at the regular grocery store, but from the meat market (Bay City, Michigan), this sausage would be boiled to perfection. She would serve it with her homemade potato salad, which is her most asked for dish to bring whenever she is invited anywhere. There would also be olives, and cut up tomato’s, and homemade bread and butter. I know to some of you this would not be a treat but to me and my family this is the most amazing breakfast!!(*side note: Years ago when my Mothers father was in the hospital, I went and stayed with Grandma for the week, and she actually served this breakfast to me every morning, she even let me have as much as I wanted (I was a growing young girl). So now this breakfast has been handed down through the generations, and my own son now serves it to his family.
So over all I would say I love everything that Mother makes, but I would have to say my favorite meal of hers is her Christmas morning breakfast!! Or maybe it is just the memory!!
*This is an assignment from the Writing 101 challenge.