Tuesday, April 2, 2013

biscuits

for years of my life, almost every other weekend, my family would go to the country, to where my father's mother, lived-"queenie"--

these pleasant visits for me, included a massive lunch meal, and sometimes if we stayed just a little longer, dinner---these dinners, were where i first learned to make biscuits--

now at my house, for some reason-probably the mess--my mother didn't let me do much cooking or helping-so when i was given this rare opportunity to cook, i was in heaven-

my sister martha and i would adorn our red checked very own aprons and precede to roll the wondrous dough---it would go right on this little cold enamel kitchen table-

there would be lots of flour and ice tea glasses, that were used to cut the biscuits shapes just right-

those biscuits tasted like no others and especially with a huge spoon of my grandmother's homemade pear preserves-

i have made those biscuits many times since those days, and when i do, if i look with my heart, i can see my grandmother smiling-

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  1. I'm so hungry right now! ;)

    I love your last paragraph: what a great memory! I'm sure your grandmother is smiling. ☺

    Happy Tuesday!

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    1. awww thanks dana---i know, i have had breakfast, but i'm hungry again haha :)

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  2. My grandmother taught me to make noodles for chicken soup. Thanks for bringing back the memory.

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    1. mmmm that sounds really good! thanks denise :)

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  3. That is so beautiful, Lynn. I love the special memories and relationships created with grandparents.

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    1. awww thanks susan---i know---we really miss them when they're gone <3

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  4. If I could marry a biscuit I would. I love them with all my heart. Grandmas make the best ones even when you have her recipe.

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    1. oh, i know--they never quite taste the same without them :)

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  5. my sisters have great memories of cooking with my mom and grandmother. I almost wish I did, too, but the truth is, I never really liked to cook much. Those biscuits sound yummy though!

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    1. i have a love/hate relationship with cooking haha---they were yummy :)

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  6. I've never had pear preserves. That sounds so delicious though.

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    1. oh they were---i just wish i had her recipe for them--thanks joy :)

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    2. Shoot! I was going to ask you for the recipe too.

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  7. Love the post. You brought back my own memories where I grannie taught me how to make homemade biscuits. I still have the bowl today that she handed down to me before she passed. I can still hear her explaining to me a handful of this and a handful of that (there were no measurements). She had it down to a science, which I do now. We also made dumplings in the same bowl. I loved her Chicken and Dumplings. Thanks for the walk down Memory Lane. Enjoy. I'm an A-Z fellow Challenger.
    Hugs,
    Kathy (794 on the list)

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    1. oh dumplings---mmmm love them---glad i could bring a good memory--thanks kathy :)

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  8. I'm sure all grandmothers (the nice ones) become guardian angels after they pass on. I love biscuits, but haven't made them in a while.

    I was allowed to make oatmeal cookies at 8 yrs old, which is about the time I discovered I liked baking better than cooking. (and as for dumplings - you either love them or hate them.) As the oldest sibling, I got to help in the kitchen a lot. Early helps: making iced tea, and cornbread. Nice memories you've stirred up, Lynn!

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    1. oh yeah cornbread--my grandmother's was great--not like any i have ever had since--she fried it---i think you are right about them watching over us--glad to stir the nice memories d.g. :)

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  9. Biscuits are a definite comfort food. I like your story behind your family biscuits-- but I was hoping for the recipe as well :)

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  10. Nothing like the real thing made straight from the kitchen!

    Sure would have liked to have tried one! Keep the tradition alive! Enjoy!

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    1. yep, you are right, it is good to keep some traditions for sure--thanks betty :)

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  11. What a great memory. I love writing memoirs.
    TatteredPast, 820 in A to Z.

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  12. Hopper from Blogging A to Z, started following you :)

    A Mom's Point Of View
    http://www.amomspointofview.com

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  13. Marvelous post & sweet memories to accompany the sweet pear jam on Queenie's biscuits! I have tried so many times to make biscuits, but alas, I do not have the knack of it. No one showed me how to do it and for some reason, after about 50 recipes, I just can't get them light and fluffy. Hockey pucks, that's how they always come out for me, sadly. *sigh*

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    1. haha yeah it's easy to make those hockey pucks! thanks so much for reading!

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  14. My grandmother taught me to make egg noodles. I still think of her as she showed me how she measured with her hands, no spoons or cups.

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    1. that's the way both of mine measured too--probably made everything extra delish--huh susan :)

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  15. Beautiful memories...my grandma baked the most amazing bread and whenever I smell fresh bread, I think of her. Looking forward the rest of your A - Z posts!

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    1. oh yes the memories associated with smell, they make the best ones---thanks so much :)

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  16. My great grandma made shamrock rolls. Sweet yeast dough; for the second rising placed in muffin tins as three little balls to rise and fill the space. I watched and remembered. My grandma made egg noodles. She gave them up before I was old enough to be engaged, but I had watched and remembered them, too!

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    1. that sounds so lovely---what wonderful memories--thanks joanne :)

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  17. Grandma's biscuits, such lovely story. Thank you for sharing your memories, because they brought forth such warm ones for me, of my Grandma.

    I loved visiting, everything she made tasted good, but her pancakes were to die for -- light and airy and I could eat them by the dozens. I've never been able to duplicate her recipe. Hers were as thin as crepe's and I'm sure the bacon grease she used made all the difference! :)

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  18. haha yeah i am sure that grease didn't hurt!! thanks so much yolanda!

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  19. I love biscuits! I bet they bring back some great memories for you!

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    1. they really did bring it all back sherry :)

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  20. What a lovely memory! They sound yummy too.

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    1. yes they were mouthwatering if i say so myself! thanks jojo :)

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  21. Those kind of memories are the best.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  22. Tastes and smells are so evocative and so is your writing. Was there a special recipe? Can you pass it on?

    Thanks for looking in on my blog and thanks for sharing the memory.

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    1. wow--thank you so much sally---i will try to share it later :)

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  23. Such a lovely memory of time spent with your grandmother. I can just smell those delicious biscuits.

    Julie

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    1. they did smell pretty awesome! thank you julie :)

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  24. Lynn I have a tear in my eye...you have a way with words. I can picture the scene.
    Great to see you're doing the A to Z Challenge.

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    1. awww that is so nice to hear, thanks maria :)

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  25. Biscuits!!!!! You said Biscuits!!!
    Color me pleased to know I am not the only person who enjoys great biscuits!

    I haven't had pear preserves - BUT, Buttered with Marmalade - little bit of heaven, I'm thinkin'
    Thank you Very Much for sharing!
    -g-

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    1. oh yeah marmalade is good too--thanks maggid!

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  26. I never had a biscuit until I met my husband. I guess they're not big in Canada! My husband says he was raised on biscuits and iced tea.

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    1. haha i could live on that diet, christine :)

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  27. Biscuits were a big deal at my grandmother's too. She was from Newfoundland, and I think it made her think of the hard tack they'd have...but biscuits were much easier to eat! I loved to watch her make them. I don't remember ever getting to help though. She was fast! And she never knew her recipes when I'd ask how she made something.

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    1. awww i wish you had the recipes and i wish i had many of my grandmother's that no one knows--thanks donna :)

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  28. What a legacy. My grandmother and mother weren't good cooks except for my mother's molasses cookies.

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    1. mmmm they sound awesome--love molasses cookies--you know susan, i don't remember either of my grandmother's making cookies!!

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  29. For me its rice pudding. I love how food comes with such strong memories :) Very Proustian.

    Sarah Allen
    (From Sarah, With Joy)

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    1. omgosh sarah---i love rice pudding too-and queenie's was soooo good, i can't ever make it right!

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  30. Such a lovely picture- guess what I made with my grandson this weekend? Beans on toast!! Biscuits next time...

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  31. Lynn, thank you for visiting nuttybean.

    That is a beautiful memoir of childhood, grandma and biscuits. What we call biscuits in my family are actually cookies. But I do love the real 'biscuit' too ... just not making enough of it.

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    1. that sounds lovely, calling a cookie a biscuit--too cute :)

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  32. Love this post. It took me right back to my grandmother's kitchen. She made homemade biscuits every single day and they were so good! I can smell and taste them now!

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    1. awww i'm glad i could take you back :)

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  33. When I lived in Nashville I learned about biscuits and they are still one of my all-time favorite foods.

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    1. oh yeah, i am sure they are very big in nashville thanks carol :)

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  34. Such lovely memories. Baking brings nostalgia to me, too.

    Damyanti @Daily(w)rite
    Co-host, A to Z Challenge 2013

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z
    #atozchallenge

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    1. thanks so much damyanti---sometimes i love nostalgia :)

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  35. Ah, the power of from scratch biscuits...there is nothing like it in the world!

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    1. i know---and they really aren't hard at all, michelle :)

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  36. aww, that was beautiful. I love that biscuits bring up such fond memories for you.

    Have fun with the a-z challenge.

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    1. it is funny how they do--thanks jessica :)

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  37. What a beautiful memory and those biscuits are a touching tribute to your grandmother.

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    1. awwww i am glad you like this ms a---hope your son is doing much better :)

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  38. lovely. thats such a wonderful thing to know...

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  39. Ah the things we truly knead ;-)

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    1. haha leave it to the poet to say such a creative comment--thanks rch ;)

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  40. The highlight of our Sunday visits to my granny's house were without fail having her homemade crusty bread and her Traditional Scottish Kale
    I've tried out a few since, but no one has ever reproduced the gorgeous taste of granny's.

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    1. oh kale---i love that--and she made the most delicious greens also---sounds like you had great Sunday's too :)

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