What are the recipes that take you back to a special place in your life? How long has it been since you've made it/them?
For me one of them would be cod fish cakes. Reminds me of summers in my great aunt's kitchen in Maine in the 50s. I made them once many years ago and my family --one and all and after I'd soaked and soaked dried cod -- decided they were vile and I was nutz... Oh well. They're still special to me. ;>
Then there were my great aunt's cakey date-filled cookies. Alas! I don't even have a recipe for those.
Another is good old tuna casserole with cream of mushroom soup and topped with crushed potato chips. That's my childhood! Mom wasn't much of a cook and that was the era of convenience foods. But I still have to make a tuna casserole every once in a while just because nothing tastes like those salty potato chips stirred into the fishy ragu.
Finally, there's homemade bread. My great aunt made a loaf of bread every other day *before* she went off to work at the university. She made a lovely basic white bread that she shaped in large balls. Then she put two of them into a bread pan and baked what came out looking like a soft brown tush. I still make bread in her memory all the time. Not so much white bread and none of the tush bread but I always hope mine will make my house smell as good and be as satisfying and make a memory for my kids.
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