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Patty Craig: A Slice of Time

Foods provide more than nourishment in life. Foods offer comfort and play a part in social events. Often, we associate food with a fond memory, such as an event or a period in life. For example, I associate certain foods with special events and other foods with certain times – like childhood. For me, roast beef and gravy tastes like home; my Mom made the best ever. And sweet corn reminds me of my late husband’s family home. His mom’s corn was always delicious! For me, the best food memories seem to be connected to family.

Wondering about others’ food memories, I asked family and friends, “What foods taste like or remind you of home?” Their responses are below:

·       My daddy makes the best vegetable soup, and I won a contest making soup like his. A huge lasagna is what mom always cooks us for special occasions, and she cooks me sauerkraut and polish sausage because I like it and no one else at my house does. Chess pie makes me think of Grandmother.

·       Fried potatoes, cabbage, sweet corn, and fried chicken remind me of my Mamaw’s cooking when I was growing up and makes me think of home. Also, homemade gravy and biscuits. I lived with my grandma a lot growing up after my mom died.

·       Fried potatoes and onions. I would stand by daddy when he made them. We had them a couple of times a week. I thought he really liked them. I did not realize until years later that we had plenty of potatoes and less of other food. Fried potatoes and onions in the iron skillet – I can see him now.

·       If I could think of anything that tastes like home, it would be chicken and dumplings at mom’s and beans and cornbread at my husband’s mom’s.

·       My granny’s eggs, bacon and cinnamon toast.

·       Yellow cake with chocolate icing and Neapolitan ice cream.

·       Meatloaf.

·       Chicken and dumplings remind me of home.

·       Homemade fried chicken, sweet garden-grown corn, and homemade mashed potatoes.

·       That’s a tough one. I guess BBQ chicken. We used to have these huge barbecues when I was a kid. We had a pit and there were 30-40 chickens on that thing. I used to drink the sauce from a pan. Two older women from Drakesboro made it. It was so good!

·       Oh, there are so, so many. But I’ll go with salmon patties, fried cabbage, mashed potatoes, and cornbread.

·       Potato soup with ham.

·       Spam and green peas.

·       Roast beef, carrots and potatoes and chess pie.

·       Tenderloin and gravy with cornbread.

·       For me, it’s “maid-rite.” A loose hamburger sandwich which my mom had waiting whenever we traveled home to Iowa. My sister-in-law’s chocolate lush reminds me of my husband’s family holidays.

·       Homemade vegetable soup, fudge, Rice Krispies treats.

·       Watermelon and Granny’s macaroni and cheese.

·       Cinnamon toast.

·       Rolls and banana pepper roast at Granny’s.

·       Potato soup and chocolate oatmeal cookies.

·       Pan-fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy.

·       Peeling peaches and canning them. Seemed like bushels! Then eating them in cold winter.

·       Chocolate pie. Coconut, too!

What a variety!

Irina Shayk said, “Nothing is better than going home to family and eating good food and relaxing,” and Elizabeth Olsen said, “I get way too much happiness from good food” ( I have to agree with these ladies. After all, family and food are very high on my list of favorite things.


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