Those Sweet Scents of Home ~ Comfort Food

Stove I have noticed a recurring element in my books, which certainly hasn’t been intentional, but has been consistent nonetheless. I have a tendency to write quite a few meal scenes. I began to wonder if I’m often hungry while writing *g*, especially since while writing I don’t put much thought into keeping myself fed, other than randomly scrounging something up to keep me conscious. And yet for my characters, meals become a significant part of the story, and at some point in the story, an emotional connection or reaction to a food goes beyond physical nourishment–becoming a reflection of the soul that hopefully provides a deeper understanding of the character.

In MUSTANG WILD, Skylar savors the creamy taste of butter during a brief stay in a town, and for her, butter is a representation of having a stable home. There weren’t any butter churns out on the cattle trail. She finds delight in cooking on the trail, because it provides a slight connection to the feminine life she longs to lead. The hero does the cooking in BRIDE OF SHADOW CANYON, and his dried peppers take Rachell MAVERICKback to her childhood and the Louisiana spices she’s missed for so long–a time when she used to feel safe and secure. In MAVERICK WILD, Cora Mae literally cooks her way into the hearts of the men on Chance Morgan’s ranch. She tells how she cooked favorite home recipes of the girls in her boardinghouse, to help ease them into mill life by giving them some familiarity of home. Chance certainly has a favorable response to Cora Mae’s cooking, the familiar dishes reminding him of a time when life was simple. The heroine in my upcoming release THE GUNSLINGER’S UNTAMED BRIDE is a business woman who can hardly open a can of peaches, much less bake any sort of pie, but throughout the story, as she’s being dragged and chased all across the Sierra Nevada Mountains, she has a constant, desparate longing for her hot chocolate. For Lily, hot chocolate was her one sweet escape during a long period of bitter struggle and heartache.  When she’s finally reunited with her chocolate pot toward the end of the book, it’s a rather tender moment. While thinking about all of these scenes, it struck me that comfort foods are something I definitely identify with, and perhaps that’s why I use food as a way to reveal insights on the pasts of my characters’.

There are those foods that transcend the ingredients, flavors and scents that touch the heart.  Both of my grandmothers were amazing cooks—how I wish I’d gained an ounce of their kitchen wisdom.  Both had their signature dishes…when you walked in the door, the scent of Peach CobblerGrandma Love hung in the air. Peach cobbler for one grandma, and chicken & dumplin’s for the other. When I think of them, those scents swirl up in my mind, taking me back to many happy memories of sitting in warm kitchens. For my husband, that food is crêpes, his Russian grandmother made the sweetest paper-thin crêpe she’d roll up with some fruits and a ricotta-like cheese and dust with powered sugar. Whenever we happen upon a place that serves traditional crêpes, his eyes light up and the ten-year-old sitting at his grandma’s kitchen table surfaces. Growing up my mom’s feel-good recipe was chocolate pie…likely why chocolate is my favorite comfort food 🙂

What are your favorite comfort foods?  Is there a nostalgic taste that takes you back, takes you home…takes you to a special place in time? Or perhaps a certain memory that carries the scent of a comfort food?Happy Cookie

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72 thoughts on “Those Sweet Scents of Home ~ Comfort Food”

  1. My comfort food is Chocolate Chip cookies. The foods that bring back happy memories are Fried Toast (my grandmother K) and Egg Custard Pie (my grandmother M). As a read I’m always gratefully when an author includes the recipes from her story at the end of the book.

  2. Oh man! Food has always been an important part of what brings my family together.

    As a child there was my Grandma A’s Thanksgiving dinner, especially her stuffing. She used Stove Top, but she would bake fresh biscuits and add them in along with diced onions and sage and other seasonings. Then she would make this wonderful dumpling gravy from the stock and add bits of turkey to it. So good! I was always her taste tester too on those cool early Thanksgiving mornings after she’d get it mixed up. She’d scoop me a big bowl and then I’d go off in the living room and watch the Macy’s TG Day parade near the wood-burning stove.

    Quite a lot of my comfort foods come from my mom’s side anyway- my grandma’s chili, oyster soup, fried chicken and mashed potatoes and green beans and fresh biscuits(I’m STILL trying to perfect my grandma’s recipe…I’ll probably never get it perfect unless I revert and use lard instead of shortening). Another favorite which I rarely get now- bass fried in cornmeal from our catch when we’d go fishing when I was little.

    My grandma’s chocolate cake with this rich homemade fudgy syrup to pour over it warm or her peach cobbler “cuppa cuppa cuppa” recipe.

    My comfort food from my mom- her meatloaf, which I just made last night for supper. Yummy! Fried green tomatoes or fried squash and zucchini and okra. Wilted salad(lettuce, green onions and radishes with hot bacon grease poured over it). Poor Man’s Spaghetti- aka elbow mac with tomato juice, diced tomatoes, onions, butter, salt and pepper.

    From my dad, it’s his bbq burgers that we always have on the 4th of July. He had a “secret” recipe and they are just melt-in-your-mouth delicious and so good that I usually only put a slice of Vadalia onion on mine. It needs nothing more, it’s so good. And there is the sugar popcorn that my dad always made when we were little, a recipe passed down from his side of the family.

    In my own household now there are several of the above mentioned recipes that I fix, but I also have a few new favorites I make that my husband and kids love. One being a hot chicken casserole, or the chicken stuffing casserole, crockpot Philly Cheesesteaks, homemade chicken pot pie, my apple pie, homemade pizza, homemade beef stew and a wonderful Round Steak Supreme recipe.

    If anyone would like any of my recipes, please let me know. I’d be more than happy to share(but my comment has gotten longwinded and now I’m hungry! LOL)

  3. Popcorn. I can’t read about it or see it on TV without heading for the kitchen to make some.
    Your blog made my mouth water (and so did your comments, Teresa and Taryn).
    Writing about food doesn’t make me hungry. But writing about a character slipping into a deep, delicious sleep actually makes me sleepy. Ho-hum,
    ‘scuse me ladies.
    🙂

  4. My grandma was one who could cook feather bones that would melt in your mouth I would go and take some and walk home eating them. I wished I had some of them now. She also made banana pudding home made not the box stuff it was great I am able to make that one. Plus she would make jello with fruit and it was so good.
    My mother didn’t really cook much but she did cook one thing and it is Taco’s the ones where the grease runs down your arm we don’t have them very often because I am sure they are not good for you.
    As for comfort foods my youngest says that is all I cook is comfort foods I asked her if that means she doesn’t like what I cook and she said no it is just they are all comfort things. I am not sure what she means becasue I have about 50 cook books at least and I make new stuff all the time, so I am not sure what she means. So of the stuff the kids and hubby love are Pork chops potato bake, stuffed peppers, cabbage rolls, hungarian beef ribs, Bread pudding with Rum sauce Hubby’s favorite I just made some this morning before coming to work. I also make this carrot cake the recipe was passed from Gram and nobody seems to make it like I do, not sure what is going on with it. Oh yes and my baked beans I make them for all kinds of functions I have given the recipe to several people when they come to family things and they say they can’t make them like me so would I just make them I am not sure what they are doing wrong. I think they just want me to do them. LOL If anyone wants any recipes just let me know and I will get them to you. I am getting hungry already and I have at least 3 hours before lunch I think I am in trouble.

  5. Anything chocolate is a comfort food to me, which seems like it is for most women. One of the food s that I love and takes me back to my childhood is called hogmal. I’m not sure if I spelled it right but it is a Pennslyvania dutch dish. It is a cleaned pigs stomach stuffed with sausage, carrots, potatoes, and I’m not sure what else. Unfortunately they cut the pig stomachs in quarters now adays and you have to have a whole one to make it. At least that is what my mom told me. I really miss it. It sounds gross, but taste amazing. When family would get together that is what they always made. So I guess you can say it reminds my of family, which is now spread so far across the US. I also love fresh baked bread the smell is amazing and I find it relaxing to bake. Even though it takes all day I would rather do the processof making my own bread than use a bread machine.

  6. I love the smell of a turkey cooking in the oven. It reminds me of the holidays and all the family get togethers. Sometimes in the winter I’ll make a Sunday dinner with turkey breast and stuffing because it’s such of favorite of mine.

  7. Fried Chicken. My Grandma always made us fried chicken when we visited. It was a place of unconditional love for me. She taught me to cook, sew, crochet, all of the things that I love to do. I can walk into a grocey store and smell the fried chicken at the deli and immediately think of my Grandma. She’s been gone almost 30 years now but it’s amazing the things that you remember.

  8. It’s those olfactory senses at work, and that’s why memories are associated with food. As writers we use scents and foods to produce a reaction in the reader. And you’re good at it, Stacey. As nurturers, we cook and bake to nourish and please our loved ones – so do our story people. As women, we NEED our comfort foods!

    I am off to order that cookbook ASAP – thanks for the heads up! I have a collection, you know. LOL

  9. My mom was a good cook but with eight children cooking was a fairly cut and dried business, not a lot of time to get fancy.

    But mom made cinnamon rolls. They were so good and of course, again with eight of us, we’d only get one or two and we’d ALWAYS eat them warm becuase they never lasted until they were cold. 🙂

    That is my comfort food. She still reaches for the flour and yeast when something special comes up. Company comin’ or someone needs food brought in for a funeral or sickness in the family.

    We had a neighbor about a week ago have hip replacement surgery…and he’s way to YOUNG to be needing that so it’s pretty serious.

    I made him cinnamon rolls.

  10. Favorite comfort food? That’s easy! Chocolate. In any form (no coconut please).

    I’m also a bread lover so…pastries are wonderful.

    I think its natural for meal times to show up in our stories simply because we tend to focus on that for our families since for many, mealtime is the only time we can all get together as a family; especially during the holidays.

    PamT

  11. For our home, the only time of the day we are all together is at dinner and it’s a time for all of us to catch up with what happened that day (school, work, etc). Even if I have to throw something together fast (and it may not be great) just being together is good.
    For comfort food, I would definitely say homemade Greek pastries. My yiayias (grandmothers) would make their own fillo dough and roll everything out by hand. Needless to say walking into their kitchens was heaven!

  12. My Danish grandma made Spritz cookies that literally melted in your mouth. She made them in shapes of “J” and “S” and kept them stored in canning jars. She was a gentle, kind lady and I always connect both her and those cookies with comfort.

  13. My grandmother who brought me up was a wonderful cook and baker. We would spend hours together in the kitchen creating culinary delights. My favorite’s would be potato pancakes and apple cake. When these were cooking and baking the house filled with an unforgettable scent which should be bottled. My comfort food is baked ziti which I love.

  14. My mom was an accomplished cook. She thrived on making the most splendid meals with the simplest of ingredients. She enjoyed baking simple but tasty desserts as well. Every mealtime would be a surprise for us and we were so thrilled with her expertise that we thought everyone had such great meals. My favorite meal of hers was an Italian feast of grilled chicken with veggies, a spinach frittata and for dessert lemon tarts. When I think of comfort food it is definitely chicken soup.

  15. When I think of an occasion and the meals, one that is remarkable is a special feast which a cousin made. She could cook like a dream and the meal was delectable beyond anything I have ever had. Brisket soft like butter with baby potatoes, lovely asparagus with olive oil and herbs, and a gorgeous torte. Unforgettable. But for me comfort food is spaghetti and meatballs simmering on the stove.

  16. MMMMMM,now I’m hungry! My grandmothers are amazing cooks. I have so many wonderful childhood memories that revolve around food. I’m lucky, too, because they taught me the recipes. My MIL, though, was just as amazing and it breaks my heard that I didn’t learn her recipes for Tamales… oh man, they were so good.

    Comfort food, for me, though, has always been breakfast. Any kind of hot breakfast food, any time of day 🙂

  17. My comfort food is a toasted bagel with cream cheese. Utterly divine.
    My sister who is a chef but isn’t working as one, cooks for us and I enjoy this treatment. She has the training and we enjoy her talent. One of her best dishes is paella since she loves Spanish food.

  18. What an amazing post! I enjoy the memories that this brings back. When my grandmother cooked and baked it was heaven. She made Italian dinners for our birthdays and holidays. Pasta that was incredible, lovely eggplant and grilled fish, and tiramisu. I cannot replicate this but my mother is able to and I still look forward to these special times. For me comfort food is hot oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar. Yum.

  19. Home made baked desserts are my comfort food.
    Foods that bring back memories are fried chicken because it reminds me of Sunday dinners at my parents’ house and mashed potatoes because they were so good at my Grandmother’s house.

  20. My comfort food is chocolate. What else? And sometimes I take time to make peanut butter bars. I got addicted to peanut butter sweets in the States and since I can’t buy those here…
    Cinnamon buns, Poor knights, Casseroles and Karelian pasties are the ones that take me home.

  21. I feel deprived – neither of my grandmothers could cook! My mum and my mil though, are both fab cooks.

    Awesome post, Stacey. How interesting that food plays such an important role in your books.

    Comfort foods? Some good, old-fashioned English favourites like bangers and mash, beans on toast, trifle, Battenburg cake, mince pies, Yorkshire puds and fish and chips. And a hearty fry-up always helps chase away the blues – even if it isn’t healthy *grin*

  22. Both grandmothers were great cooks. One did an amazing meatloaf stuffed with eggs that I wish I had learned to make. The other grandmother always had something good baking in her kitchen, mostly baklawa and Greek pastries. My comfort foods now-a-day are chocolate and pistachios. The little noise while cracking pistachios is in itself a relief from stress.

    Now I am the grandmother. My four little darlings would tell you they love Nonna’s very tender steaks, stuffed grapes leaves and noodle casserole, and for dessert Nonna’s chocolate pudding and brownies.

  23. Yum…homemade foods. I love my mom’s homemade mashed potatoes, fried chicken, and dressing. Those are my comfort foods and no one makes them like my mom. Every time we have a big family meal, I beg for them.

    Me, I can’t cook that well, but I can follow recipes…LOL. It always amazed me that my grandmothers and mother don’t need recipes for all the good southern foods they make…LOL. I want to learn to be a better cook and use something other than the microwave and a frozen meal…LOL.

  24. Comfort foods for me are hot cocoa and a grilled cheese sandwich. I miss homecooked meals which are to be cherished. Each weekend our family would drive to my grandmothers for a lovely dinner. Being a young kid I realize now it was a time to remember and important for the family to be together.

  25. There’s nothing as comforting as homemade macaroni and cheese. Meatloaf with a side of mashed potatoes is right up there too. There’s also a super easy spaghetti recipe that has come down from my grandmother satisfies me the way no gourmet meal ever can.

  26. Hi all!! Wow–what a wide variety of comfort foods. How interesting. Thanks to everyone for sharing their comforts, memories and sweet scents of home 🙂

    Theresa N, chocolate chip cookies are likely the favorite of my boys. I have never had fried toast or egg custard pie…something I will have to look into. You know, I thought about including a recipe for my books–but I’m always over page count *lol* I also thought about including them in my newslwetters, because I always have a food that relates to my heroine–but time got away from me….maybe with the next book 😉 I too enjoy books that give recipes at the end. Thanks so much for your post!!

  27. Chocolate is my comfort food. Hmmmm! Maybe thats why I am over weight. Or because I just love to eat. I cook like my mother used to and fix alot of the same dishes, so there in not much to bring back old memories for me. I think about the chicken and dumplings she used to make but I fix turkey and dumplings around the holidays and make my dumplings the same way.

  28. Comfort food was what Mom could and would make.
    She could whip up a cake in no time and would
    practically be taking it out of the oven at the same time the company got into the house. She’d bake cookies in the morning and be popping them into our lunch kits as the bus was coming down the hill.
    I loved her Cinnamon buns, baked buns, fried chicken and Apple pie – all home made. Yummy
    in my tummy.

  29. All my grandparents were Italian so I grew up with lots of wonderful foods – homemade sauce, meatballs, lasagna, pizza to die for, stuffed artichokes, etc. etc. etc. My mom’s sister did all the cooking/baking in the family while my mom did all the cleaning lol. I tend to cook in cycles – when I was first married I cooked up a storm and then once I had kids who prefered hot dogs and chicken fingers I didn’t do a lot of cooking, then I started again and now it’s down to just my husband and me and I must admit I don’t do as much again. Maybe once my girls settle down I can start the Sunday dinners like my grandma and mom.

  30. Taryn Wrote: “I’ll probably never get it perfect unless I revert and use lard instead of shortening”

    Talk about flashbacks…how many here had grandma’s who had the coffee can of lard sitting somewhere near the stove??? 🙂 Now that’s downhome cookin’ 😉 And made for some super flakey pie crusts 🙂

    This has become a rather mouth-watering topic, huh? LOL! I want the chocolate cake with warm fudgy syrup recipe!! I do love to cook and was always picking up cookbooks when I first got married and loved new challanging dishes. Now I find I wish I’d have just gone to grandma’s house and had her pass down her mealtime treasures 🙂 LOVED hearing about yours, Taryn!! Thank you for sharing!!

    In the past year I haven’t cooked much that didn’t come from a box, and my kids are getting tired of taco night *g*. My son got a cookbook out a couple weeks ago and started dog-earing pages, for when I’d start cooking again, said he’d help me–poor deprived lil’ thing. When I think back on all the great cooking I had as a kid, I realize I need to make time.

  31. Same here, Elizabeth! Popcorn is the one thing I get weird cravings for…at 1 am while I’m writing 😉 Whenever we go to the movies, we always try to go out to a nice lunch first so we can save $50 on popcorn *g*….but with all that crunching going on, one of us usually springs for a small bag we can all share 😉

    Thanks for your post!

  32. I usually like to sip coffer with friends, nothing better for the moral, especially if we also ordered decadent chocolate cake 🙂

  33. Food is a big part of my family. We have a happy occassion we eat, a sad occassion we eat.

    My favorite memory is in helping my grandmother bake homemade biscuits. She made it so much fun.

  34. Hi Brenda–so glad you stopped in! Your tacos with the greese running down your arm made me giggle 🙂 As for all of your food being comfort food, I think that relates to what Cheryl St. John said, about how our cooking nourishes and pleases our loved ones. My lack of baking has really made my boys appreciate their grandma 😉

    Pork Chops Potatoe Bake sounds super yummy!

  35. Hi Rebekah!

    Those old family recipes weren’t always pretty…but they sure tasted good 🙂

    There’s just something magical about dogh rising 😉 I really enjoy the bread making process as well. I need to give my boys that experience.

    Thank you for sharing!!

  36. Hi Maureen! I agree. I love how the smell of roasted turkey fills the house. We usually cook a turkey over winter because we never host the holidays. Although the holiday torch has finally been passed to me—so I’ll get all those great scents 😉 An excited right of passage sort of thing *lol*

    Thank you for posting!

  37. What great memories, Betsy! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    My chickin & dumplin’ grandma taught me to crochet too….but it’s been so long I may have forgotten. She also passed on her love of westerns 😉

  38. Wow, Mary. Sounds like some warm, sticky fun 🙂

    My mom used to make these little cinnamon pinwheels with pie crust, so they were crunchy. I thought they were the best treat ever. Not long ago I asked her about them, and she laughed, because never realizing they had such an impact on me—she said she was just getting rid of the extra pie crust–and for me as a young girl, that was the “special” part about making pies *g*

    Thank you for sharing!!

  39. Hi, Stacey,

    My mother was a marvelous cook! It was like cooking for an army around our house, since we totalled eleven! I’ve never tasted meals to equal hers anywhere. My favorites were fried chicken, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, her enchiladas, and her baked chicken and spaghetti. I could go on, but this should give you an idea that I miss my momma, and her cooking!

    Pat Cochran

  40. I know what you mean, Alissa! All of these shared memories is going to create a baking frenzy in my house 🙂 Thank you for posting!

    Back when I was working out of the house and we had company coming over, I’d pick up a frozen Mrs. Smith’s apple pie afer work and stick it in the oven before comany would arrive, just so my house would smell like fresh baked apple pie *g*

  41. Hi Stacey, great subject! I love food!!! LOL One of my favorite comfort foods are pot roast with potatoes, carrots, gravy, and rolls! YUM-O

    My grandmother made the best homemade hamburgers, they were thin and crispy around the edges. Sort of like the way Stake N Shake makes them. She always made our hambugers on regular toasted bread instead of hamburger buns, and that is still my favorite way to eat them.
    She canned her own veggies from her garden. I wish I had spent more time in the kitchen with her and learned how to can things. She made the best pickles I have ever eaten!!! She also made a wonderful pecan pie!!!

    My mom makes the best fried chicken in the world, and chicken fried steak. Fried okra was always a favorite too! Okra is very hard to find here in Indiana! Most people here have never even heard of okra! How sad!!!

    My mom also makes a mexican stew that I now make. My hubby says it taste even better than my mom’s. (but that is our little secret) 😉

    My dad was also an excellent cook. He cooked as much as my mom did when I was growing up. He cooked an apple pie once with cinnamon hots candy melted in with the apples. It was the best apple pie I ever had. He also made great beans and cornbread. He could grill a steak that made your mouth water. Wow was it good!

    My very strange comfort food that I HAVE to have when I am sick is boiled chicken mixed in white rice with soy sauce, and plain toast on the side. I don’t know why but it always makes me feel better.

    I can’t forget chocolate cake. LOL Chocolate always makes a bad day better! 😉

    I love the food scenes in your books because I think everyone can relate to how important certain foods are to us. It can mean so many different things to people.

    I agree with what Cheryl St. John said, about how our cooking nourishes and pleases our loved ones. I never had a desire to cook until I was in my thirties, and got married. Then I saw cooking as something to share and bring people together. Now I love to cook and try new recipes.

    Is there anything in the world that brings back memories like smelling Thanksgiving dinner cooking?

    Sorry to ramble on so, food is such a fun subject! LOL I could talk about it all day!

    It’s been fun reading everyone’s post.

  42. Hi Ruth! Sounds lovely–thank you for sharing!!

    Anne, the first meal I made with my hubby was spagetti and meatballs—we were sixteen at the time so we thought we’d really done something 😉

  43. My mother-in-law, whom I adore, is one of those great farm wife ladies who started at ten o’clock a.m. with a flock of chickens, a garden and an apple tree and had a feast by lunch time.

    She is fond of saying, “I can cook a meal for ten people in thirty minutes…or was it thirty people in ten minutes.”

  44. LOL, Mary!! Your mother-in-law sounds a lot like my grandmothers 🙂 They were of the era that a rich family was a family with a full garden and smiles at teh table 😉 So many families were going hungry during their youth–so a family with a garden was like a family with a gold mine 🙂

  45. Hi Crystal! Thank you for stopping in! Mashed potatoes…creamy clouds of heaven 😉

    Minna, I’d love to know what a Poor Knight is. Thank you for stopping in today!

  46. Theresa N talked about Fried Toast. Can Theresa, or someone tell me what it is. I have never heard of it, but I’ll eat anything fried! LOL I am very courious to find out what it is and how you make it!!!

  47. I’m with you, Jennifer–I’m not the best off-the-cuff cook, but I love to try new recipes. My grandmothers amazed with me their pinch of this a little of that and presto–mouth-watering-perfecton 🙂

    Thanks for posting!!

  48. You and me both, Virginia….but if I had the choice of shedding pounds in a life without chocolate–I’d take the pounds!!!! 🙂 Thank you for stopping in today!

  49. Hi Robyn—wow, do I wish I could have sat by YOU at lunchtime *g* Freshly backed cookies in the lunch kits–that’s special. How did they make it look so easy? 😉

    I really enjoy making breakfast and packing lunches for my boys, sort of feels like I’m still a part of their day while they’re off at school. When they were younger, I used to draw funny cartoons and notes on their napkins 🙂 They loved it, but once they hit middle school, they put a ban on the artsty napkins 🙁

  50. That’s a favorite memory of mine as well, Sherry! I liked it best when we’d roll them out and use a glass as a biscuit cutter—though sometimes we did drop-buscuits 🙂

    Thanks for posting!

  51. Hey Missy! Thanks for stopping in 🙂

    I’m curious about Theresa’s fried toast as well 😉

    We have some similar memories 🙂 My grandparents jarred, pickled and preserved everything 😉

    So great that your dad cooked!!! My dad has one signature meal—the best heart-clogging breakfast ever 😉 My step dad is an excellent cook. My hubby was raised in the “old school”, and had never touched a baking dish until last year. I slipped into book mode, and he discovered he really enjoyed cooking–yay for me 🙂 He’s quite the pro at enchaldadas and creative pasta dishes. My boys are actually anxious to start cooking.

    There is somethign soothing about baked chicken…wish I could make a decent chicken & dumplings 😉 Chocolate cake I can do–those don’t last long in this house. Lately we don’t even frost them—we put foil over the cake before it cools to make the top sticky moist…mmmmmmmm 🙂

    I’m so glad you liked my meal scenes! Thanks for stopping in and adding to the discussion!!

  52. Stacey, talking about our dads cooking reminded me of when my dad used to make cornbread mix and then cook them just like you would pancakes. I think they call them different things in different parts of the country. I think in Oklahoma they called them Johnny Cakes, but when my little brothers were young they would call them Hot Wheels. LOL (They were really into the hot wheels and matchstick cars) So to this day we will still ask Dad to make some of his famous Hot Wheels! 😉

    Thats great about your hubby starting to cook! I got lucky, my hubby likes to cook too!

    Theresa has to come back and explain Fried Toast!!!! LOL

  53. OMG, I nearly asked if your grandparents were from Oaklahoma 😉 A set of mine were! And Skylar cooks corn cakes over a campfire in MUSTANG WILD 🙂 If I was gonna do a recipe for that book—Corn Cakes would have been it. Of course, I was nearly 20,000 words over limit, so I wasn’t going to push my luck *lol*

  54. Well let’s face it, any cowboy or cowgirl isn’t worth their salt if they don’t have corn cakes with their beans!!! IMHO! 😉

    Hey, maybe after a few more of your western books you can write a camp fire cookbook! I would be first in line to buy one!!! 🙂

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