Mama’s Cooking

Mama15    This is my Mama and me on Memorial Day 2015 in Sunny Sanford Florida. She is a trooper. And let me tell you she is THE best cook in the world…according to my standards and the rest of her family!

One day early this summer, I visited her at her home in rural south Georgia. She had a real treat waiting for me! Knowing how much we both share the same love for her style of Southern cooking, she had some of the fabulous food on hand that she has prepared for our family for many years.

Just as an example of this…Last year she had fallen ill (short term! Thank you Lord!) My older sister had been with her from the beginning.  When I came up to stay with her for a few days, I asked her what she wanted for lunch.  She was finally feeling much better. (Thank you Gin!) Mama wanted her homemade pound cake! And not surprisingly, she had all of the ingredients on hand. I followed her directions and we had pound cake for lunch.  It was delicious!!!

Back to the treat she had for me…

Mama making Hoecake cornbread       Mama12

Mama in her kitchen making Hoecake Cornbread.  Yummm…crispy edges!

(in the background, a gardenia she is rooting in the red solo cup)


So after cooking up our lunch, the finished product was, of course, the best food on the planet. Homemade meatloaf, Uncle Bud’s squash, a pear salad, Vidalia onions, and of course, ketchup! She makes it look so easy.



About to leave…


Nothing much better except for the time I spent with my Mama! That is one of her dogs, Gipsy with us.

(another post about her dogs later…)



Mama waving goodbye just like her mama always did.


Sunday Family Lunch

IMG_1969So yesterday we had all of our children and grandchildren over for Sunday lunch.  I wanted to have a feast; yet a simple feast so that I would not be in the kitchen the entire time that they were here. (Thanks Ina Garten for entertaining tips…keep it simple!) 

It was another rainy day in Sunny Florida, so I wanted it to be comfort food.  Thanks to Pier 1, I had recently purchased two sets of beautiful, colorful, Pasta serving dishes and dinnerware. That was my inspiration.

I made a traditional bolognese meat sauce with penne pasta and another penne pasta dish starring spicy sausage and vegetables in a warm broth. 

My family loves me dearly and would never hurt my feelings, so I judge the success of the meal  by how many servings they have and general comments, not directed at me.  It was a huge success!

Because I had kept it simple for myself and enlisted all of the generous help that was offered, the atmosphere was festive and exciting.

My Tips:

I cooked the sausage in the Crockpot the night before.

Morning of, I made both sauses and let them simmer in their own Crockpot.

I also assembled two salads (looks complicated,…not)  I opened two bags of butter lettuce, sliced and added tomatoes and cucumbers. ( I have recently made salads on platters instead of bowls, layering each item…looks elegant) 

I then sliced buffalo mozzarella,sliced tomato and added basil for a classic caprese salad ( I put the balsamic glaze on the table in a beautiful dispenser)

I had bought Italain bread the day before so that it would be fresh and need no toasting, to dip into the beautiful dipping bowls (thanks again Pier 1) with choice of Bread Dip Seasonings from FOODS, INC

My grandaughter ,with supervision from her mother, made pumpkin cookies so with a little vanilla ice cream made a festive fall finish!

I hope that this inspires you to have family and friends over for a festive home cooked meal. (Just keep it simple and enjoy!)