First, Susan, I made waffles this morning and they were heavenly. I did notice that the last time I made them, they were from scratch. This time, I used a mix, and while they were delicious, they weren’t quite as good. This leads me to a story from one of our daughter’s birthdays. Our tradition on sleep overs, pancakes for breakfast. We are more hippy than most: growing, making, and canning a TON of food. All you Covid-canners can just stop right now because I cannot find lids for my jars! But I digress.
We had a group of girls over and my wife was adding the ingredient to her bowl, making the pancake batter. One of the little gilrs looks at my wife and says, “Why are you doing that? You know there’s a box mix for that, don’t you?”
Yes, yes we do.
I make a lot of bread, much for Christmas gifts, but when we got a bread maker, it was so easy! So, I’d make cinnamon rolls for the girls for basketball practice (always a favorite). I’d make different kinds of bread for family and friends (people never said no). Another favorite was just a plain old dinner roll. They had many difference uses other than dinner rolls of course! They were often big enough that you could slice them open and slather on peanut butter and jelly, pile it high with lunch meat and toppings, or just eat it as it was, yummy!
Anyway, my oldest made sandwiches out them them, wrapped them up, and took them to the pool for lunch during her lifeguarding shift. She takes them out and starts eating, only to have to boyfriend as ask her, “G, are those homemade rolls? Is your family Amish?”
Now, I’ve been called many things, but never Amish! We tease him about it to this day because, why not?? 🙂
Both of our mother’s were very good cooks. Different, but good all the same. My wife came from a very meat and potatoes kind of upbringing (they farmed dairy, beef, and pigs), while we had a more plant based diet (dad was a teacher, mom stayed home). We both had giant gardens, so some of this is in our DNA. We each watched as food was planted, we helped with the weeding, harvesting, and watched as food was prepped for canning or freezing. It was different, but a very similar experience all the same.
Last summer, we were going to go through my wife’s cookbook, recipe by recipe, making, commenting, and eating each one while recording it for a YouTube channel. Now, while that didn’t happen, that’s just stuck in the back of my mind, could we pull something like that off? Would “Melissa’s Cookbook” become a viral hit? No, probably not, but based on the tiny bit of research I’ve done on social media, the idea is novel one. She created this cookbook to rather all the family recipes together in one spot. We are now on the third edition, with some wonderful additions over the years, but with some oddities from way back in the day hanging out, waiting to be made by us.
Amish isn’t in our DNA, but saving food, creating beautiful meals, and maybe sharing our favorite dishes is certain engrained in us.
And who knows, perhaps “Melissa’s Cookbook” will just take off, and I can write about that too! 🙂
March 7, 2021 at 11:34 pm
You and your wife’s upbringing leaves me so envious, I have always dreamt of that sort of lifestyle and what it would be like growing up like that…you were both very privileged! I hope your kids realise how fortunate they are with all that homemade produce even if it involves a breadmaker!
I guess I don’t understand where the connection to being ‘amish’ comes in (not being American, I thought it would be more of a ‘hillbilly’ comment? Thanks for sharing all the details, your pancakes sound delicious!
March 10, 2021 at 10:17 pm
I think as they have stepped out on their own a bit, they realize just how well their mother could cook. They both are pretty good cooks by their own right, which goes directly back to their mother! 🙂
As for being Amish, the Amish are a strict Christian group here in the United States. They’ve made the choice to turn away from current technology, using many hand tools and animal to provide for themselves. So, when he’s asking if we are Amish, he’s making that reference to those who create and grow much of their own food.
March 8, 2021 at 5:44 am
If Melissa’s Cookbook was a YouTube channel, I would watch it, because all of this food sounds yummy! Similarly, I would subscribe to Darin’s Garden, because I can use all of the help I can get in that area!
March 10, 2021 at 10:14 pm
I think Melissa’s Cookbook would be a great because she’s a great cook! Darin’s Garden, a good showing, but second place because weeding the garden is NOT much fun! 🙂
March 8, 2021 at 6:38 am
What a fun slice, Darin. I hope your wife’s cookbook is a hit and your thoughts go viral. Back in the day, recipe books were the rage. I wish my grandmother’s recipes were recorded for posterity but she did not speak English. Her Italian cookies, other baked goods and entrees were always a family favorite and she got press along the way. When I did find a few of her cookie recipes the secret ingredient was lard. Of course, that is why I cannot replicate them. When your recipes are printed let us slicers know. I would like to try some.
March 10, 2021 at 10:13 pm
One of her grandmothers would write down recipes, but purposely leave out an ingredient! It would drive my MIL crazy!
March 8, 2021 at 5:14 pm
Your post made me very hungry and ambitious to try and make cinnamon rolls! I really enjoyed reading this post. Thank you!
March 8, 2021 at 6:25 pm
Glad I possibly inspired some waffles. You’re welcomed. Also I’m hungry now even though I just made pasta with a LOT of cheese. I would subscribe to Melissa’s Cookbook. Get a move on.
March 10, 2021 at 10:11 pm
>Get a move on.<
She kind of said that to me as well! 😀
March 20, 2021 at 2:31 pm
Love this post, Darin and not just because of the “Are you Amish?” title, although that definitely hooked me in, but because my husband and three children love to cook. There is always talk about food and ingredients and when we get together the kitchen is an important gathering place. I, on the other hand, do not cook. I mean, i can cook but that is not one of my strengths. I do love to hear other people talk about food and watch everyone cook. I’m more of a sous chef and dishwasher. LOL!
March 20, 2021 at 10:45 pm
I am that sous chef and dishwasher as well. The conversations about food and life are what I’m here for! 🙂