There are very few things in life that bring back memories like the smells of certain foods and the handwritten notes from those of your past. I have the great fortune of having many of my grandmother's recipes. Granny was a wonderful cook, and she left lots of notes on just how to recreate many of those wonderful smells and tastes of our past. It is quite heart warming to read her handwriting on the worn cards that show the stains of all the times they were pulled from the box for use. It never fails to make me smile at how her words were written as they sounded. Some things in life are just priceless - those boxes and books of Granny's recipes are just that.
As planned, we put away peppers, kraut, and some chow-chow yesterday. The pepper recipe comes from my Grandma Elma. She was my dad's mother who made the best refrigerator pickles and these peppers that are the best condiment for a bowl of beans and the absolute best on a deer steak sandwich. Our family can't eat those things without a jar of these pulled from the cellar or fridge.
Bruce and Amy Fitzwater of Joker Ridge Farm, where life is always busy and front porch swinging is a good way to end the day.