Cooking The Way Grandma Does

My family spent Easter at my Grandma’s house.  She is a great lady.  I hate that I don’t get up to see her that often.  I always think of her as a strong, independent lady.  She’s also the best cook in the world.  I’ve always wanted to learn her secrets for cooking such great meals.  That day, with just her and my family, I had the chance to really see her for who she is now.  She’s in her eighties, and her health isn’t too good.  I told my husband that we need to make more of an effort to visit her, while we can.

I took some time to ask my Grandma about her recipes.  She’s old school when it comes to cooking.  My Grandma doesn’t follow a recipe on paper, they are all in her head.  She cooks by taste and feel.  Her homemade breads and dinner roles are amazing.  Her spaghetti sauce is the absolute best you will ever have.

I do a lot of cooking by taste.  I just needed to know the exact ingredients, and I knew I could take it from there.  She went over the ingredients she uses for her spaghetti sauce, and a couple other things she makes.  She gave me some tips that are the key to making her sauce.  I made note of one important thing about cooking the way Grandma does, and that is to take your time.  Also, it’s important to use fresh ingredients, and make use of fresh produce like celery, peppers, and onions, to give your food flavor.

The differences between her pasta salad, and mine, are the finely cut celery, peppers, and onions.  Also, there’s the dressing.  I always used plain mayonnaise.  It’s what my mom used.  Grandma makes her dressing.  She gave me the recipe.  Not the exact measurements, but I have the ingredients.  A little of this, a spoonful of that, etc..  I made my pasta salad yesterday, and although it wasn’t exactly like hers, it was a lot better than what I had been making.   Give me time, and I’ll be cooking more things like Grandma does.