Sunday, May 27, 2018
I happen to like spinach in almost all its incarnations, but my grandmother's spinach casserole was the best of all. She used frozen spinach well-drained, sour cream, Lipton onion soup mix, and bread crumbs. I could literally eat the whole casserole, if the other folks enjoying the meal had given me the chance. It was made with good ingredients- plus the one thing Polly always added- LOVE.
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Forty year or so back, my grandmother made the best dessert that I have ever tasted. Amaretto cheesecake with a cherry topping made us all feel we had gone to heaven. Mom and I have tried to duplicate the deliciousness but never even come close. Sometimes the best things in life turn out to be a one off.
Friday, May 25, 2018
I was at the grand opening of a luxury car dealership once, when the old bartender dropped the bowl of olives he was going to use in the Martinis he served. He scooped them from the floor back into the bowl thinking no one had observed the event. I stuck with Evian that night.
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Years back, when I was a child, my parents bought some frozen monkfish. They thawed and prepared it according to the directions on the package, baking it at 450 degrees for 45 minutes. Mom served the fish and our accompanying sides. We cut into our portions only to find live worms crawling all over our plates. We called the health department in Nashville, and they instructed us not to eat the fish (not that there was any chance of that). I will never knowingly eat monkfish, but you have to admit after being frozen and then cooked, those are some remarkably resilient worms.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
When I was a child, I was scheduled to have surgery to remove my tonsils. The night before, my parents took me to our favorite Chinese restaurant. The proprietor saw me looking glum and was concerned as I was usually the opposite. When we told him that I was down because my tonsils were to be removed tomorrow, he brought me canned pineapple, and told the story of how he was spared an operation to remove his tonsils back in his home country by the enzymes in canned pineapple that eliminated the inflammation of his tonsils. Miraculously, the canned crushed pineapple had the same effect on me and saved my tonsils that remain with me as a fifty-one year old today.