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June 25, 2014


Sally Schmidt

Oh, Concord grapes - memories of my Grandma making grape jelly. She cooked without recipes also, a handful of this or that, give it a taste . . . always wonderful. I have my standby recipes I can do that with, but I never figured out the chocolate sauce and never learned to make the jelly.

Elaine Viets

Me, either, Sally. The highest compliment I can give any cook is "this tastes like my Grandma's."

Carrie Pelchat

A big box of Bisquick is still a requirement in kitchens! I have mine, mom had hers and Memere (my grandmother) had hers. I think it was one of the first "staple" I bought myself when I got married and moved out.

Charlaine Harris

My grandmother's legendary pecan pie turned out to be the recipe on the Karo syrup bottle!

Alan P.

The Bisquick box, Karo syrup, and the back of Nestle Chocolate Chips are "Grandma's secret weapons". But the bottom line is they make the foods we grew up with and are nearly bullet proof.

My Grandmother baked the most wonderful cookies. My mother learned from her. Grammie is now teaching the Princesses, my daughters her mother's cookie recipes. The fact that the girls favorites (Buckeyes and pink meringue cookies) are easy enough for a 5 year old to help is good too.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Oh, the secret family recipes! An ex-boyfriend's ex-girlfriend used to proudly serve Stouffer's spinach soufflé as her own--she'd scoop it out of the freezer pans, put it in a fancy pan, and take the applause.

Marcia Talley

Grandmas! What would the world do without them? Now that I'm one myself, I'm hosting five of the six "grands" -- my oldest is in college and has a summer job (ack! how can I be so OLD?) -- for "Camp Grandma." Two of the boys, ages 10 and 7, are at sailing camp right now. The 7-year old has named his right hand, the talking one, Jeff. Should I worry? When Susanna was here (age 6) we made fudge which was my FATHER's "secret" recipe. Years later he told me that it was in The Joy of Cooking, but you use canned evaporated milk. LOL.

Elaine Viets

Karo syrup, Charlaine. The secret weapon of many southern cooks. I used to love it on pancakes.

Elaine Viets

Bisquick brought a lot of comfort to new cooks. Grandma's Bisquick dumplings were mouth-watering.

Elaine Viets

Grandma used the Nestle chocolate chip recipe but doubled the chips -- another "secret," Alan.

Elaine Viets

LOL, Hank. I served my boss an Italian dinner made by the local restaurant --- whisked it up the back stairs and threw out the aluminum pans. She praised my spotless kitchen.

Elaine Viets

So was the canned milk Carnation or Milnot, Marcia? We need the whole secret, no holding back.


Ah now - I've learned what "detailing" is this week already. "Bread and butter pickles" is another thing that's been puzzling me. It's not pickled bread and butter, right?

My Granny McPherson's scone recipe was the one we could never reproduce: a wee handful of this a big handful of that,mix it til it looks right, then bake it til it feels done.

Elaine Viets

Bread and butter pickles are a type of sweet pickle, Catriona. Those pinch of that and hand full of this cooks made food that can never be duplicated. I suspect the missing ingredient is love.

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