Kitchen Moments: Blending the Batter


Connie MooreOn any given day, strangers and family mingle together in my kitchen. They come together by my invitation, helping to produce meals, snacks, gifts, even experiments.

Take today: Duncan Hines is about to become batter in the Sunbeam Mixmaster my mother sent home with me after she realized she wouldn’t need it anymore. It was, to say the least, a sad day for us both. However, as the beaters go down into the powdery mix with eggs and water and oil, there is no sadness now.

Nostalgia often replaces sadness when the usefulness of kitchen tools lasts beyond months or years of missing someone. Mom’s favorite cake was a mayonnaise-chocolate with layers of cocoa buttercream frosting. A recipe is somewhere in one of her recipe boxes. But for today a box of Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate mix with a layer of chocolate frosting and another layer of chocolate frosting rosettes brings Duncan and mom together working on a most luscious layer cake.

Betty Crocker’s Suddenly Salad comes in a box. Years ago my mother-in-law made a macaroni salad from scratch and served it in this green glass salad bowl that now holds Betty’s salad. We do not gush over the boxed salad, but we are prompted by the green bowl to reminisce over meals at Mom Moore’s table. Betty meets Ida on a summer’s table.

Also on the table are C. F. Claussen’s pickles resting in a clear cut-glass relish dish from Grandma Gladys. She used to serve her recipe of sour cream-dressed cucumbers and onions in it. A pepper shaker, white with black lettering from another grandmother; it holds Willoughby McCormick’s ground pepper. That grandma used Will’s pepper too.

In my kitchen drawers are box grater, ice tongs, ice cream scoop (three of them), Foley food mill, paring knives from three generations, wooden spoons, cookie cutters, pie trimmer and pastry blender (one red handle, one bare wood from use), measuring spoons from both sides of the Moore/Lewis family. All used by others and now waiting for the next meal.

8/15/2015 9:03:23 AM

thanks for the kind words. I am new to this blog thing and am just now making sense of it. Have a great summer. C.M.

8/11/2015 10:25:33 AM

Connie, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. You kitchen sounds like a place where both memories and delightful food are made. I'm looking forward to more of your posts. ***** Have a great day in the kitchen.

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