New is not always Better
May 17, 2012 3:26 pm
Updated: Jan. 16, 2013 3:15 am
Have you ever noticed that we, as a society tend to want to constantly change and add things that are not broken? I am not talking world changing things, I am talking about the simple ones. Recipes are often time like people; they have a history, Many
are birthed in the kitchens and lives of those who have gone before us, and that we try to remember in honor. We can't stop there though, we tend to want to change things, to alter it, make it more hip and modern, and in fact many times we have completely
changed it from the original recipe that was Birthed in our Grandmother's kitchen all them years ago.
With the advent of the Food Channels and the network shows about cooking and restaurant style we as Americans are loosing many of the things our heritage has to offer. Go to Italy and Order Lasagna, and you will find it is made in a multitude of ways, however
let a celebrity chef give out a recipe and that becomes the "true" lasagna recipe. Same holds true for many dishes and spices.
It is a good thing to learn and grow in life and to try out new styles and cultures and methods. But the wise also grow and do not forget the simpler times and ways. Many recipes have stood the test of time and cannot really be improved upon. You just have
to try them to see this.
One of the many things that has caused this evolution, is time, My mother used to take all day to make a spaghetti sauce and she did not have an ounce of Italian blood in her veins, but the sauce was wonderful. Now we try to make a sauce that we can get ready
in a few hours at the most and 30 minutes preferably.
Over the next few weeks my recipes are going to be from my Grandmother, just the way she gave them to me, unchanged and unchangeable. Mostly will consist of Breads, Candies and Deserts, which was her favorite things to pass on. She lived in time without
Refrigerators or freezers, and grocery stores with mega-markets did not exist. A little taste if you will of some Ozark Memories..