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This blog inspired us to look through some of mom’s handwritten recipes. Just glancing through some of them, brought me back to the aromas and comforts of her kitchen. We noticed the differences in the handwriting on some of the recipes. We wondered about the contibutors, perhaps sisters or other family members. Maybe it was a reflection of the different stages of
her life, possibly writing or printing the recipes as they were given to her by one of her parents speaking Italian.
Margaret loved to cook and bake as a labor of love for her family and friends. We always had a choice of cakes for our birthdays. It was tough for me to decide between chocolate, strawberry shortcake, or her amazing apple cake! The really big parties required a large cake and a trip to the Master Bakery, where she worked on occasion, to use their large bread oven.
The prep work leading up to the event was an education. She would teach us about selecting the right products, prepping, cooking, and of course, cleaning up. “Farm to table” meant you grew the vegetables in the backyard or worked on a farm and brought them home.
Today, I would have to say that the apple cake was one of my favorites, and the recipe is below. I am also posting two Christmas cookie recipes, just to show the contrast in the writing! And how about those stains! (Mark)