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Apr. 26, 2012 12:41 pm 
Updated: Apr. 27, 2012 7:05 am
I LOVE to cook...I always have!  I have great memories of both of my grandmothers in the kitchen, both of them very different cooks.  My mamaw cooked from recipes, some handed down from her family, some she created, and some she picked up along the way.  My nanny cooked from her heart and her head.  She had recipes written down, but I rarely saw her pull them out.  Thanksgiving is HUGE in my family.  It is one of the few times of the year that the whole family is together.  We always had Thanksgiving at my nanny's house.  When I got married and moved into my own house and had kids, it was offered to me to host Thanksgiving.  Wow.  I was both excited and terrified.  My husband and I both love to cook, and are pretty good at it.  However, the Thanksgiving meal is big time, and...the whole family would be here.  So, we started searching online for things like "how to cook a perfect turkey", "hosting a great Thanksgiving", etc.  We found and decided to use a turkey recipe from them.  The meal was divided among our family members with each person bringing a different part of the feast.  My nanny's job every year was the stuffing...DELICIOUS stuffing.  The turkey turned out great, we hosted a fine Thanksgiving and it was decided that we would host each year from now on and save my grandma the stress.  A few years after that, my nanny passed away.  Since she didn't really cook with recipes, I tried a few times before she died to sit down with her and have her tell me exactly how she made recipes I love, like the Thanksgiving stuffing.  I got some chicken scratch notes on each recipe that were, to say the least, unfinished.  So, when Thanksgiving came around for the first time since she passed, I was given the task of re-creating nanny's stuffing.  Talk about daunting...I went back to and searched for "grandma's stuffing", "Thanksgiving stuffing", "homemade stuffing", etc.  I was able to use pieces of the recipes I found online with the pieces of information I had from nanny to create a stuffing for Thanksgiving.  I was so nervous to serve this dish!  When my family came and we all sat down for dinner, passing the stuffing made me squeamish.  After taking a bite, my mom turned to me and said, "it tastes just like nanny's!"  Wow.  I did it!  I have continued to cook, to try to replicate other recipes, and to introduce my family to new ones...all the while using!!
Apr. 26, 2012 2:27 pm
I really enjoyed your blog. Thanks for sharing!
Apr. 27, 2012 6:37 am
I know what you mean when it comes to recreating your Nannys stuffing. I had the same problem trying to recreate my Moms. I finally have mastered it, but the first few tries left something to be desired. Mom had no recipe either.
Apr. 27, 2012 6:51 am
Could definitely relate to your blog. Thanks for sharing!
Apr. 27, 2012 7:05 am
Aren't grandmothers wonderful? I wish I had understood that better in my younger days, while she was still around!
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I love to cook! I am a consultant with the Pampered Chef and I enjoy every minute of it! I have a husband and two kids, ages 8 and 6. It is fun to try new recipes with my family!
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My favorite things to cook are probably stuffed shells and parmesan shrimp casserole.
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My favorite family cooking tradition is definitely Thanksgiving! Everyone has their "special" dish to bring and it brings generations into the kitchen together.
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