This theme brought back delicious memories of my Grandma Beckie Fox's cooking. I don't think she used a cookbook, and when asked for a "recipe," she'd say, "I just put in a little of this, a little of that" (in her lovely Eastern European accent). I remember my mother once trying to follow along while Grandma made strudel (or some such delicacy) and writing down the instructions as she watched. Must have been frustrating :)...and I don't think we still have whatever was written down. But the flavors, aromas, and kitchen scenes remain in my memory as some of the happiest times of my childhood.
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