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Cooking and Baking with Ma Bott

Introduction to Ma Bott 
 
Dec. 5, 2011 12:08 pm 
Updated: Jan. 1, 2012 8:42 pm
    First, I am not Ma Bott. My name is Kristy Smith. Ma Bott was my Great Grandma Frabott and most of her grandchildren and great grandchildren called her by that name (or so she told me). This lady was an amazing woman and, above all, a phenomenal cook. Her heritage goes back to Florence, Italy and food was the central theme. She is the one who taught me how to bake, the one who passed down her family recipes, and assured me that our family legacy would be passed through generations through "our" food.
    Once, when I was seven or eight years old I remember asking for a roll at the dinner table and my mom asked me if I wanted butter on it and I had declined. Ma Bott spoke up and said, "Real Italians don't eat their bread with butter." Smiling, I felt so proud. Now, she also said that because I didn't like spinach when I was a kid that it was very "un-Italian". Then when I told her my husband was allergic to tomatoes, she declared he was definitely not Italian. Of course, he isn't. He has an Irish and German heritage, but I thought it was funny nonetheless.  I'm pretty sure Ma Bott could have made a tasty dinner out of towel for an ingredient if she had to. She used what she had on hand to cook and did it well. Holiday dinners were always a feast and I heard tales of fifteen to eighteen course meals that came with weddings. Not knowing we would be popping by for a visit, she always seemed to "whip up" fresh wedding soup, homemade cheese puffs (really more like strips), and a newly baked pie.
    I miss her terribly, but I always seem to feel her presence when I'm in the kitchen. Now that I have a little girl I am more than happy to provide that same example, and pass down our recipes to her. Having been busy with settling into mommyhood and wifedom along with a job it's been difficult to get back in the kitchen and create great, tasty homecooked meals. I am determined to get back into the habit and that is what this blog is about --cooking and baking with the zeal and essence that Ma Bott brought to my family. Grandma, this blog is dedicated to you.
 
Comments
Dec. 5, 2011 12:22 pm
Kristy, That is a beautiful tribute to your Grandma. Thank you for sharing your story. My Grandma was my inspiration and the reason I love cooking so much. Many years from now, I believe the same will be said about you. Sincerely, Scott Live, Love, Laugh.
 
Dec. 5, 2011 1:08 pm
Kristy: I related. I won't repeat previous blogs,but my Italian Grandmother (Naples) shaped so much of my character, and most of our time was spent in the kitchen. Most of my time with my Grandpa was spent in his lap, and they had 60 grandchildren....!!! I still felt special. so nice to know that you do too.
 
Dec. 5, 2011 1:14 pm
Kristy, What a great blog! I have the same task in our family to hand down, Oma's an mom's recipes and family favorites... To preserve some of these hand written gems I am matting and framing them for wall art in my kitchen. Those too, to be passed down... just seeing their written recipes, makes me feel like they are right there in the kitchen with me! Have fun with the blog and welcome!
 
Dec. 5, 2011 2:03 pm
i'm southern and half irish and german. my wife is almost totally irish. she can't cook worth a flip. no kidding. we've been married over 29 years. i cook. i LOVE italian! of course, my mother and aunts COULD cook! i intend to pass all i've learned about cooking to our 2 daughters. my oldest daughter makes a sketti sauce to die for! i make a pretty good one, but her's is superior! your blog flooded me with memories of aunt rilla's cocunut cake, aunt ruby's butterbeans, aunt dot's fried chicken and of course my mom's biscuits! great blog!
 
Dec. 5, 2011 3:00 pm
Kristy, you've penned a very loving tribute to your Grandmother. I could feel the love oozing right off my screen. I've got a strong feeling you'll garner just as much love from your own grandchildren one day. Thanks for letting us peek into Ma Bott's kitchen window.
 
Dec. 6, 2011 11:47 am
Thank you all for such insightful and caring comments! Knowing that you all share that love of family and kitchen truly made my day. Happy memories and cooking to all!
 
Dec. 6, 2011 12:54 pm
Totally awesome, welcome kiddo!!
 
 
 
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~Kristy~

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Bainbridge, Ohio, USA
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Owensboro, Kentucky, USA

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Intermediate

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Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

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About Me
I'm a 32 year old wife, mother and environmental educator.Food is amazing to me. My friends think I have a genuine relationship with any meal I eat. My husband brings good southern food to the table and I bring what I've learned of Italian cooking into the household. My mother never cooked, so I learned out of necessity. I'm told I'm an excellent baker. I learned from my Great Grandma Frabott who's mother was from Florence, Italy. I'm very proud of my Italian and Scotch/Irish heritage and the wonderful recipes that have been passed down to me.
My favorite things to cook
Multi-Cheese Stuffed Shells in Marinara Sauce; Carrot Cake Cupcakes; Fish (It is really easy to cook after you get over feeling like you're going to mess it up); and Chicken Dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Great Grandma's family is from Florence, Italy and they passed down some fabulous Italian recipes....I love Pizzelles at christmas time!
My cooking triumphs
I know it's funny, but.....carmelizing apples without overcooking them.....and pork chops without making them like a thin pork jerky.
My cooking tragedies
The roast chicken that ended up on the driveway (oh it was a horrible accident), carmelized apples that somehow got left cooking too long. I'm sure I'll add more to this list.
 
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