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August 7th, 2017 at 05:50 pm

It is interesting how food plays an important part of our lives. Take for example our friend, Barb. Barb was a former neighbor. DH knew her years before I did since she would frequent the bookmobile he worked on. Anyway, after she was widowed, I would invite her to Thanksgiving. For a number of years she didn't attend, but made other plans with friends because she had no local family. Then she started accepting our invites. She admitted a few years ago the reason she came (besides the company) was my cornbread. She said the turkey, potatoes, and green beans were fine, but it was the homemade cornbread she liked the best. Barb died this weekend. She was 88 and when she came for dinner on Memorial Day, she was telling us how she couldn't believe she had lived that long. She gave up smoking over twenty years ago and it probably helped quite a bit. But she also went and exercised some. She kept social and kept her mind alert. And other than some arthritis, she got was slower, but still got around and did things. I just chuckle over the comment about the cornbread.

Well, I posted a photo of her on Facebook (see below) with my husband at a Thanksgiving meal. One of the guys from church commented on it and of all the food on the table, the thing he commented on was the cornbread. He wanted to know if I made it and was it Jiffy or homemade. I told him it was homemade, baked in a cast iron skillet. We discussed this at some point and then I made the offer to teach him some Sunday afternoon when he isn't golfing.

All of this just because of cornbread. Too funny.

11 Responses to “Cornbread”

  1. rob62521 Says:
    1502133738 is very easy. I just use Paula Deen's corny cornbread recipe and put it in a cast iron skillet to bake. But, as many times as you have commented on things and I've read your kind comments, I feel we would be good friends in "real life" too.

  2. patientsaver Says:

    What a sweet story.

    My dad, age 84, commented to me once that as you get older there are fewer and fewer things you can do. Enjoying a good meal is one of the few things he CAN still do, and he does enjoy his food. The thing I have observed about my father is that he relishes everything, though some of his favorites include soft-shelled crab, anything with balsamic vinegar and seafood in general. He likes to try new things; the other day we were at a new restaurant and once he saw rabbit on the menu, he had to try it.

    Some of my fondest childhood memories revolve around the food my Slavic grandmother used to make for us, with love. (I say Slavic becus while she told me she was born in Czechoslovakia, multiple documents I've found on Ancestry indicate the family came from Austria or Hungary, so who knows?) Just seeing red cherries in the supermarket, or macadamia nuts or strawberry shortcake, brussel sprouts or even spare ribs sends me into spasms of rhapsodic memories.

  3. patientsaver Says:

    That is such a nice picture, by the way.

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    Sorry for your loss, but lovely story and picture. It's amazing that some of the threads that keep going are as simple as food. Now you've got another friend interested just as your cornbread's biggest fan has passed away. In a smaller way it's reminiscent of Gramma Ray's story she just posted about life continuing through her grandchild.

  5. VS_ozgirl Says:

    That's so true! Food brings family and friends together, so much warmth. Such a lovely story, may your friend rest in peace.

  6. Petunia 100 Says:

    Barb looks amazing for 88! How lovely that you befriended her and enjoyed good times together. May she rest in peace.

  7. Thrifty Ray Says:

    You and your family were a true blessing to Barb. What a great story. of the foods I miss most from my mom's kitchen is her cornbread stuffing during the holidays. She made cornbread throughout the year and would save a piece from each batch. At holiday time, she would pull out that bag from the freezer and crumble up the cornbread and make stuffing. It was amazing. Thank you for your memory, which reminded me of my mom's.... XO

  8. CB in the City Says:

    I have to admit I make Jiffy cornbread, and any attempts I've made at the real thing have been failures. You have some beautiful Blue Willow pieces!

  9. rob62521 Says:

    Thanks, CB, for the compliment on the blue willow. Our collection has gotten out of hand and I'm at a point in my life I decided I'm not saving it for good as my mom use dot say. I'm going to enjoy it.

    Thrifty Ray, was a sweet memory of your mom and a cool tradition.

    Petunia, we were amazed at how well she looked at 88 too. She still drove, was very mentally alert and other than some arthritis that started to make her move slower, she did really well.

    VS_Ozgirl, thanks for your kind comment.

    Deejay, thanks for your comment; I thought the same thing about Gramma Ray's story ... great minds!

    Patientsaver, it is amazing how food plays such an important part of our lives.

  10. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Rest in peace I have a tear in my eye from your wonderful story! Congratulations to having a wonderful friend and what a great memory. Best wishes for her family

  11. rob62521 Says:

    Thanks, LivingAlmostLarge!

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