In my last post, I discussed my current WIP, a quilt for my maternal grandparents using Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage book. Flipping through the book, a lot of the blocks recall specific memories or events at the farm, so I decided that I would sew up only these particular blocks to incorporate into the quilt. I used grid paper to sketch a quilt layout, using several 12″ blocks, the larger barn blocks and irregular sized tractor blocks. The mish-mash of sizes mean a creative layout and lots of sashing, but that’s ok.
As I stated in my last post, my Grandmother is quite the cook. Up until recently she hosted most of our holiday dinners, and makes the best turkey stuffing I have ever had. Always present at these holiday dinners were her famous sticky buns (dinner rolls with a sticky sweet glaze), pies, and plates of cookies and squares. There are no diet options here.
Recreating her best recipes has become a habit of mine and a few I no longer need the recipe card to make. Whenever I’m called upon to bring a dessert to a function, her recipe for Chocolate Chip Squares is the one I make. There are never any left on the plate by the end of the event. If there is a turkey cooking in my oven, Grandma’s super simple, yet delicious, turkey stuffing is in there too. I think that’s what makes her cooking so good, every recipe is simple, yet all the ingredients combined in the perfect proportion make them so delicious.
Another famous recipe, but one that I have yet to make, is her Strawberry Freezer Jam. As a child my Grandmother would take us a short drive down the road and around the corner to the berry farm. We would pick (and eat) strawberries and bring them back to the farm where she would make freezer jam. For dessert we would put berries on our vanilla ice cream with their sweet, bright red juice. A family favourite for sure, my mom usually has several jars of this jam in her freezer when we go to visit. We all love it on our toast, the intense flavour is many times better than the store bought variety we are used to.
I think cooking is a lot like quilting in some ways. Family treasures in the form of recipes and quilts are often passed down from our elders and cherished by the younger generations. Do you have a special recipe or quilt passed down through your family?