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
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".
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