By Faye Porter
What might you provide for a day on your grandmother's kitchen?
Leaning over the countertop, you believe you studied as she additional the flour?just a bit at a time?to the bowl of her previous, yellow Sunbeam stand mixer. To her, cooking could have been as moment nature as surroundings the desk. To you, it appeared just like magic?the approach she skillfully placed issues jointly to create the mouthwatering nutrition and special cakes you loved at her desk. most probably, it's her culinary delights that experience set the bar for every thing you've eaten in view that. And let's face it, her pan fried beef chops and home-baked banana bread make someone else's models faded compared. when you're wishing for only a little extra time on your grandmother's kitchen?complete along with her tales and the thoughts of the comforting favorites she lovingly made for you?you're absolute to embody this social gathering of grandmother's cooking. She'd be proud!
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At My Grandmother's Table: Heartwarming Stories and Cherished Recipes from the South by Faye Porter