I grew up surrounded by good food. I also grew up spending a lot of time with my grandmothers. Both were home cooks, with very different styles of cooking. My Grandmommy, Virginia Ricker, was a farm girl from Pennsylvania. She grew up eating fresh vegetables and lots of meat and potatoes. I used to make molasses cookies with her and watch her cook Christmas dinner for 20 people in a kitchen the size of my bathroom. My Bubbie, Mary Gilbert, was a second generation Jewish immigrant from Russia. When we would visit her at the beach on the South Shore of Boston, for breakfast we would be served Challah French toast drowning in maple syrup, scrambled eggs, and homemade hash browns. After that we would be force fed kugel that was stuffed with raisins. When I think about my grandmothers, I remember not only what wonderful women they were, who worked and raised their families, but I remember the food they made and the love they put into their cooking.
To pay tribute to my beautiful grandmothers, I will be re-making their classic recipes from their recipe collections. Along the way, I will be remaking these classic recipes with a modern, healthier twist. Enjoy!