A Grandmother’s Memories

Jan 10th, 2010 | By Jeannine Becker | Category: For Senior Women

My husband is contentedly watching bowl games and I am equally contentedly finding some time on our shared computer. Memories are easily coming to my mind and they are doing the same thing for my soul that comfort food does for me. I’m remembering amusing words or comments that our children and grandchildren have ‘created’ at some time in their lives.

At 2 1/2 years of age, our daughter, who is now 43, was for some reason very upset with her mother. 40 years ago is too long to remember the details. So whatever it was that ‘mother’ did to cause her upset is long gone. However, the little ‘act’ that proceeded from the upset is still clear as a bell and I laugh thinking about it. She stomped her little legs across the room saying, “I don’t like you, you naughty pinecone. You are a naughty pine wadi kai!!” And so today in our family, when things get really bad and we need a ‘word’, naughty pinecone, naughty pine wadi kai, or just plain wadi kai fills the bill nicely.

Our son walked into the kitchen, nose in the air sniffing strongly and said, “something smells purple”. His little daughter, years later, was on the phone with grandpa and grandma. Her grandpa asked her what she was going to eat for dinner that night. Her response was, “guess, it starts with B.” So we started guessing…bread, “no”, bananas, “no”, broccoli, “no”, beans, “no”. Finally grandpa said that he had no idea. “Grandpa, we’re having basgetti.” (spaghetti, in case you missed that).

Just recently we had a delicious ‘basgetti’ dinner and talked together about this wonderful memory. Good memories and comfort food soothe the soul. Potatoes are in my comfort food category…especially mashed, scalloped or potato soup.

I am especially fond of this scalloped potato recipe because it doesn’t call for cheese. It is as tasty as cheesy potatoes and in fact, I added two slices of swiss cheese, but I didn’t need to and couldn’t taste it. This is a creamy, tasty dish.

Yummy Scalloped Potatoes

9 medium Yukon Gold potatoes
5 Tablespoons butter
1 medium sweet onion thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic chopped
5 Tablespoons flour
2 ½  cups whole milk
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon dried mustard
dash nutmeg
dash turmeric
salt to taste
ham if you desire 

Lightly grease a baking dish, heat oven to 350 degrees. Peel potatoes, rinse and slice into large bowl. I sprinkle with salt lightly as I slice into the bowl. In a medium sauce pan melt butter over medium heat, add onions and sauté till clear. Add garlic the last minute. Stir in flour until smooth and bubbly. Add milk, salt and pepper stirring until thick and smooth. Stir in mustard, nutmeg and turmeric. Pour the mixture over the potatoes and mix well. Add ham if you desire. Pour the potato mixture into the baking dish, cover with foil and bake for 1 hour. Uncover and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes until potatoes are tender. Serves 6-8



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