As many of you may know, either from knowing me personally, or through my twitter, I went to Virginia on Sunday to visit my grandmother in the hospital. My grandmother, Mimi, is very dear to my heart for many reasons. She moved in with our family when my sister was born (when I was 8) and lived with us for 10 years. My mother is a working mother and my father worked a lot too (Mimi is his mother). So, since both of my parents were working pretty much all the time, Mimi was a big part of our lives, whether it was taking us shopping for school clothes/supplies or cooking us dinner every night. She is a great cook. Her fried chicken is one of a kind, and I refuse to order lasagna in restaurants because I know it won't measure up to Mimi's. My Aunt Beth is an excellent cook as well, hence her recipe "Beth's Baked Brie" was featured as my first post! I hope to one day at least be able to cook half as well as them, and have my kids, grandkids, and nieces and nephews think fondly of me as a "great cook." Dare to dream right?
Well about two Thanksgivings ago, Mimi was diagnosed with cancer. It seems to get everyone these days. She had just had her 80th birthday, but she decided to undergo chemotherapy in an attempt to fight the fight. She's been a tough lady for the past year and a half but, unfortunately, chemo is no longer working and now we kind of just have to wait and see. I had, I suppose somewhat selfishly, hoped that in visiting her I would be able to get those recipes from her: the fried chicken, the lasagna, the meatloaf etc. but unfortunately realized upon my arrival that it would not be possible. Instead, I spent the day just sitting with her, talking a little...but mostly just being there, keeping her company, and holding her hand. I had hoped to be able to share these things with you in an attempt to honor her cooking and continue her legacy.
I have been struggling a lot with her illness and I think this was maybe my desperate attempt to hang on to anything that reminds me of her. Fortunately, my Aunt Beth is a much better protege than myself and she has probably had these recipes for years. If I ever get ahold of them, I will make them and share them with you, so that you can be a part of her legacy too. If I don't, that's okay too; I have many other memories with her.