Friday, November 27, 2009

Legacy, recipe and bucket

- Mom's sweet potato recipe that she made on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. It comes from a cookbook of my grandmother's called "A Taste of Georgia" published by the Newman (Georgia) Junior League in 1977. A nice legacy. Senator Richard Russell was a senator in Georgia from 1933 until 1971; the senate office building in Washington, DC was named for him. There was nothing in Wikipedia about this casserole. :)

- Since I am not so much a "Southern food" cook, I only hoped my version came out as good as hers. I love all the notes in margins and how to make the recipe for a crowd. I especially loved walking into my aunt and uncle's home with it and seeing so many beloved faces; the oldest - 86, the youngest - 14 months, and there are two more on the way.

- The ultimate compliment came from my cousin Russ, who asked his mom if he could have a "bucket of that sweet potato casserole" to take home. Russ got his take away "bucket" in the form of a couple of those Glad containers.

Have a great weekend everyone!


LL Cool Joe said...

Sounds like your cooking went down very well!

My mother writes notes by the side of all her favourite receipes in books. Not that I'd ever attempt to cook anything!

Have a great weekend!

Meredith said...

Oh, that's such a high compliment! (I requested a bucket of my uncle's venison barbecue yesterday, and he beamed.) That recipe book is truly a lovely heirloom treasure! (Go, Junior League!)

Glad to hear you had a great holiday :)

Riot Kitty said...

That sounds like a sweet reunion. Happy holidays!

Snaggle Tooth said...

Look at all those notes, n such neat writing, like my mom's was too! I have an envelope full of odd paper handwritten recipes from my Mom's files to deciper. Really wish I had time for that project to organize them n cook more-
I'm sure you got the dish just perfect!
I can't believe wikipedia missed a Senator! you should submit your info to them-

Have the best week-end, too!

Lance said...

Yum!!! And great job with it! And sounds like a fun day together!

Maude Lynn said...

What a precious heirloom that book is!

Unseen India Tours said...

Oh this is fantastic !! One more thing these recipes are damn tasty !! What say??Unseen Rajasthan

Lynn said...


It did go well. Thank goodness. :)

Meredith -

I like that image of your uncle beaming. The cookbook is a treasure for sure.

Riot Kitty -

It was sweet and fun - I hope yours was, too!

Snaggle -

No one has handwriting like that anymore. It's great you kept your mom's notes, too.

Lance -

It was yum!

Mama Zen -

I love to have things like that and wish I had kept more of my grandparent's notes.

Bharat -

It was damn tasty! :)

TALON said...

I love when a cookbook has been really used. You just know the recipes are keepers.

Sounds like it was a beautiful family gathering.

Lynn said...

Talon -

It was beautiful. I am happy to finally be home now though - I used a borrowed computer this morning. :)

Cookie said...

I love those old recipes too with the notes in the margins :)
Glad to hear people wanted more to take home. That's the best compliment@!

Lynn said...

Cookie -

It IS - and I hope you had a wonderful holiday - I see that you have a new post up and will be there shortly.

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Jamie said...

What a wonderful compliment that is! I have my mother's cookbooks, too. They mean so much to me.

I am new here, but I will be back.


Lynn said...

Jamie -

It is good to see you here - checking out your blog now.

Jannie Funster said...

I LOVE sweet potatoes!!! And so good for us too.

I have a couple cookbooks well marked like that. One is from my Grade 8th year of baton twirling and I have a recipe in it, no 2 recipes!! Maybe 3, but I think 2.


Lynn said...

Jannie -

Then you would like this recipe - except is so full of sugar that the health benefits are probably marginal. :)

A baton twirling cookbook! Cool.