It was the 1980s and my mom loved to cook. Occasionally she’d let me join her for the fun. I don’t remember a lot about those times, but what stands out are three items: flour sifters, meat grinders, and sugar sprinkles.
I have been cooking through my mother’s recipes and in doing so have noticed instructions that seem almost obsolete today. Such as “sift the flour.” Do people still do that? Because I’ve never even owned a flour sifter since I left home for college.
My in-laws’ recently reminded me of one of my mom’s favorite delicacies: ham salad. My mom loved the stuff and I remember her buying unsliced Eckrich bologna to prepare it. We were at a garage sale one day when she picked up a hand-crank meat grinder, which we’d attach to a table. It was my job to grind the bologna. What fun! Thankfully, I think she must have done the cleaning of the meat grinder.
I don’t do a lot of baking but I assume that people still use colored sugar sprinkles on their cookies. To me, despite how prevalent they may still be, those crystal treats will always ring of nostalgia. I don’t remember my mom making a lot of cookies from scratch, but I do remember making sugar cookies with her around the holidays, using our special Christmas tree and silver bell cookie cutters. For me, the best part wasn’t mixing the ingredients, rolling out the dough, or cutting the cookies…it was the sprinkles! And oh, how generous I was with the sprinkles!
Maybe I’ll find my mom’s sugar cookie recipe in her cookie box and I can feature it in a future post 🙂
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