May 4, 2009
Nana’s Recipe Box
I was always enchanted with my Great-Grandmother NANA. I RARELY saw her when I was a child…maybe 2 times a year. Each of these visits introduced me to bits and pieces about her that I grew to love and appreciate…even more so now that she has passed. Nana had a thick New England accent, a touch of a cantankerous manner and was sharp as a tack. She didn’t pay all that much attention to me but that didn’t really bother me much because I was always in awe of her. She resided in Maine in the summer, owning two homes. One sat on a typical Maine road where I specifically remember her beautiful flower gardens and spying her bedroom for costume jewelry treasures. Her other home in Maine was a “camp” on Flying Pond. I can conjure up memories of blueberry picking, walks in the woods, and taking a bath in the pond using only ivory soap. These visits each summer were formative to how much I love Maine today.
Her other home was in Florida. It was there that I learned how to shuffle board and was given free reign to ride her three-wheel bike around her community as soon as I was old enough to reach the pedals. Maine in the summer, Florida in the winter. She had BEAUTIFUL treasures in each home…glass and china, a pretty vanity, collectables from her travels, and the most stunning rustic braided rugs strewn on the floors, so indicative of Maine. My Nana was a GREAT baker and cook and loved to travel, garden and complete projects encompassing many home arts. When I think of her now, I realize how much she and I have in common and find myself wishing I could know her today.
When Nana passed away, I became the owner of one of her BIGGEST treasures…HER RECIPE BOX. You know that proverbial question…if you had 10 minutes to grab something out of the house…what you would grab? Well for me…the recipe box is at the top of the list. By sharing her famous edible delights, I continue her legacy for my family. Each Monday, I will share with you a TREASURED RECIPE in new series called Nana’s Recipe Box. I hope you enjoy her recipes and cooking as much as my family has.
This series is dedicated to my Nana, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
Down home friends and what they say...
love this, shawn! my grandmother recently gave me a cookbook she used for 40 years of marriage (my pop pop died 25+years ago) and it has all sorts of traditional recipes, notes, and such. i look forward to seeing the recipes! thank you!
Shawn, you are hitting your stride in so many ways - your voice is shining through in each day’s writing and I appreciate how much of your life you are opening up here!
I loved hearing about your Nana and am thrilled that you will be sharing her precious recipes with us! How special to see her handwriting and learn about her spirit. What a special lady!
Being from New England, I have known a lot of “salt of the earth” Down East-er ladies like your Nana. There aren’t a lot of them left, and it’s so wonderful that you are carrying on a large piece of her legacy not only through the recipes, but through all you are doing to create and carry on home traditions for your family. We are the lucky beneficiaries of your generosity!
Do you know of the children’s book “Miss Rumphius?” It reminds me a little bit of your Nana!
We don’t know each other, but I recently discovered your blog (I don’t even remember the path and for that I apologize) and have been smitten!
Your messages are so clear and convey so much of your love of family and traditions.
I hope you don’t mind, but I linked your blog to mine on my sidebar under the heading “Farmhouse” finds. I like to link blogs that I feel are beautiful in both spirit and design. Yours certainly fits the bill.
I also gave a shout out to your blog on my post I did this evening. I find you so very inspirational!
Many blessings to you,
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