“A diet is the penalty we pay for exceeding the feed limit.” – quote from Big Mommy’s recipe book.
Yesterday I asked which recipe of Big Mommy’s I should tackle next. Realizing that some of you were not privileged to grow up with her cooking, I have here assembled the top ten most common or well-known of her dishes (family members, feel free to disagree, add, or subtract!). In no particular order, we have:
1. Biscuit. Yes, the plural of biscuit is still biscuit. At least in the vocabulary of Big Mommy’s day.
2. Louise’s Cornbread. A staple. Used for cornbread dressing (stuffing or filling just can’t cut it!). Also as a base over which to pour field peas and “pot likker.”
3. “Pancakes – Big Momie Style.” Excellent with palmetto honey and squeeze butter. Or freshly-made cane syrup.
4. “Dumplings – Chicken and.” All I can say is, YUM. Until her older years, when she began substituting tortilla strips for the real thing. Never, ever substitute.
5. Guava cobbler. If you don’t know what guavas are, or if you’ve never experienced them, don’t worry. We’ll educate you.
6. Okra and Tomatoes. Yes, this is a recipe. A simple one. Oh, so good and oh, so Big Mommy.
7. Collard Greens. The Southern dish supreme. Very healthy…that is, until you add the bacon or ham or turkey or other fat of choice.
8. “Louise’s Specials” (a.k.a. Oatmeal Crispies). The cookies that were always in her cookie jar when we came for a visit. (You have to check out the pictures of my cutie pie helping me with these!)
9. Almond Cookies. My daddy’s absolute favorite of her cookies, and a recipe I thought we had lost forever. Lo and behold, she recorded it!
10. Big Mommy’s Rolls. My favorite soup accompaniment.
There are so many more; it’s hard to choose: Peanut Butter Pie, Okra Pickles, Pound Cake, Fruit Cake, Chocolate or Butterscotch Cream Pies….