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Memories of Mom - Part 1 
Apr. 29, 2012 2:10 pm 
Updated: May 2, 2012 10:01 am
With Mother's Day coming soon, I can't help but get nostalgic with memories of my mother in the kitchen.  My Mom (while I refer to her as Mom, I always called her Ma...) was a simple cook.  No fancy cookware, no intricate recipes, no exotic spices.  Plain, old-fashioned, homestyle cooking.  Period.  Her spice cabinet?  Salt & pepper; chili powder; whole cloves & bay leaves for soup; paprika to sprinkle on deviled eggs; your average baking spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, ground ginger; and pickling spices.  No garlic, seasoned salt or dried herbs.  Garlic and oregano?  Not unless you were one of them Eyetalians...  it just wasn't something she learned to use from her mother.

That being said, when she found a recipe that worked, she used it for everything.  Barbecue was made simply - Campbell's tomato soup, ground hamburger, chopped celery and onion, salt.  That's it.  And when that is what you grow up with, that is what you are used to.  Well, if the barbecue is good, it'll probably taste good over spaghetti.  Thus, our "spaghetti sauce."  And if it's good on bread and spaghetti, it's sure to taste good on pizza crust.  (Oh, and if you add a can of chili beans and some chili powder - Voila! - chili.)

Pizza crust - hmmm.... Ma never made anything with yeast, only quick breads.  What could she use as a pizza crust?  Her recipe for Butter Dips! (Again, multi-tasking with recipes...)  Butter dips were made with an almost biscuit-type dough, cut into pieces, rolled in melted butter and baked.  The recipe below was submitted by someone who said it had been made by her family for years and is exactly the recipe that Ma used.<

Butter dips were a family favorite and served for all holidays and it was a general given that they were served for our birthday dinners.  As adults, when she had us come over for our "birthday dinner", she knew our favorites and always made sure Butter Dips were on the menu. 

Oops, back to the pizza - So using the same dough as her Butter Dips and the recipe as her barbecue, she created the only pizza we ever had in our house, except for the Chef Boyardee cheese pizza kit in a box, which my Dad would not touch.  A package of dough mix, a can of pizza sauce, and grated Parmesan cheese.  I might add that my Mom's pizza pan was huge and I don't think the cheese pizza was ever meant to be stretched that thin.

Stay tuned for Memories of Mom - Part 2 where I'll make the barbecue and the Butter Dips, as well as the "pizza". 

As an All Star Ambassador, it was our mission to blog about butter, so I decided to reach into my memory banks and share a little of my history with you.

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Apr. 29, 2012 3:15 pm
BWAHAHAHAHA!! Girlfriend you are tooo funny!!!! XOXOXOXO
Apr. 29, 2012 3:28 pm
Don't you just love that "Eyetalians?" Gotta love the old-timers!
Apr. 29, 2012 3:42 pm
LS, I told you I'd get the darn thing done.
Apr. 29, 2012 3:43 pm
Oh for Pete's Sake, the ghost of Luigi is still in my computer. Every now and then he pops out my comment. Sheesh!
Apr. 29, 2012 3:44 pm
Anyhoo, LS, I told you I'd get the darn thing done. (In case Luigi manages to delete my comment above.)
Apr. 29, 2012 3:47 pm
Marianne, it's so true about some of the old-timers. What may now be considered slurs were common talk back then and none of it was meant poorly against another nationality, but just a way to describe another sect of people other than themselves. My Mom's hometown was divided into areas where certain nationalities lived and/or went to church. There were 5 Catholic Churches there, each with a predominant nationality.
Apr. 29, 2012 4:08 pm
Funny - Chef Luigi must have seen that Eyetalians remark! :) I am laughing about the too thin Chef Boyardee pizza crust.....I think that I ate that same pizza as a kid. I actually remember my mother discovering garlic salt! WOW!
Apr. 29, 2012 4:19 pm
BN, I have no idea how we managed to stretch that dough so far, but it worked! I think they may still sell that in the store, I just may have to try it for my next blog.
Apr. 29, 2012 6:38 pm
Holy Moly, I forgot about the Chef Boyardee Pizza Kits. We ate them too! It sounds like our Moms were cut from the same dough. (no pun intended) I love that yours had an "all purpose" sauce. Just think how much time she saved!
Apr. 29, 2012 6:51 pm
Hi Candice! Now I really have to look for that pizza kit. Sounds like a lot of us would trip arm in arm down memory lane together on that one.
Apr. 30, 2012 5:52 am
Chef Boyardee does exist! We bought one for the DS to make one night when we went out. We had been telling him how different things were now. Between the meals done at home (ditto here for if that is what you knew that is what you did) and fast food which was then a treat not the norm. I believe the whole conversation started with a "whatever" remark :) Come to think of it the DS hasn't asked for another kit...
Apr. 30, 2012 7:30 am
HAHA! You are so precious! I love your blog!! I am subscribing. Thanks for the good laugh. :-)
Apr. 30, 2012 3:07 pm
It's a done deal, I'm going to track down the Chef Boyardee. It was great when you're a kid. I wonder how it'll taste now that I have a little more "refined palate". Wow, that sounded snobbish... Well, you can't be too snobby if you're eating Chef Boyardee.
Apr. 30, 2012 3:08 pm
Hi MommySmith! Thanks for stopping in. Most of my blogs tend to lean towards the humorous side of life, if possible.
May 2, 2012 10:01 am
Boy, that Chef sure got around. Thanks for stopping in!
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