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1: When an Italian grandma comes to mind, Grandma Clayton is on my brain! Her mother and father were Italian immigrants and she lived in Bethel, Connecticut for a lot of her life. Whenever my parents say ‘we're going to Grandma and Grandpa Clayton's today’, I always got so excited! After a long car ride, seeing my grandparents was worth it. “Hi sweetie, I missed you!” “I missed you too grandma”. That is the conversation that I always have with my grandma as I walk in to her small house. The aroma of the sauce and Italian spices attack my nose with a hint of her musky perfume. It feels like a safe, warm inviting environment just like comfort food, and that is what she would make. If you could ask me to stay there, I would never leave. My grandma was and still is an influence on food in my life today.
2: Yep, that sounds like my grandma's house; little Italy as you walk through the front door. . My grandma is the type of person that is always baking or cooking something, until she moved to her new house after my grandpa had passed. She had a big kitchen in that house so she had the room to bake and cook. I have many fond memories of baking and cooking in her old house. From her delicious Italian cookies to her scrumptious ziti, she never went wrong. She gave me the taste for Italian food like no other, and taught me how to bake some of her recipes. When ever I used to go over there we would bake or cook something. One of my most fond memories was making monkey bread with her. We spend all day making it and then we ate almost the entire thing after wards with my brother and sister. I have such a clear flashback of that when ever I think of it. As well, her Italian cookies were so fun to bake; mixing and combining things that I never about. Grandma can take a lot of credit in giving me the basics to how to bake and cook, she shows me that it something that you should enjoy. Learning was and is still fun with her when it comes to food. Grandma Clayton makes 95% of her food from scratch; her ziti, bread, and cookies. That makes everything so much more fun to eat, knowing that she put her hard work and love into the food.
3: Love your K I T C H E N | Cathy's Kitchen
4: 3/12 cups apple 4 tablespoons flour 1 1/2 sugar 1 tblspn butter cook 45-50 minutes 350 degrees Then: mix flour, sugar in bowl put 1/2 in bottom of pie shell put apples on top - sprinkle cinnamon on top - add rest of flour sugar mixture on top of apples cut up butter and drop on top of apples roll out top crust and put on top of apples - press edges of pie crust slice 3 slits on top place tinfoil around crust so it doesn’t burn bake 45 minutes and then take foil off in last 15 minutes | Grandma Clayton's Apple Pie
5: Do you hear the jingling of the bells? That means Christmas is coming! Most kids are excited for Santa Clause, but I am excited for my Grandma D’Autorio’s Anise Christmas cookies! As young as I can remember around the holidays my Grandma D’Autorio will make her specialty cookies. They are so good that my mom makes them now since my grandparents don't live in Connecticut anymore. They cant come up all the time for the holidays so my mom has the recipe for a backup. I mean, you cannot go a holiday without the cookies! At first when my grandma started making them a long long time ago, I didn’t know what anise was. After my mom explained to me that it was a seasoning. It didn't really matter to me what anise was though, it was the taste. They don't taste exactly like sugar cookies, but similar to them. They have a distinctive sugary buttery taste that mixes with a strange hint of pine needles. It doesn’t sound too appetizing, but I assure you that they are so delicious. What I am trying to say is they taste like the feeling of Christmas. The smell is just like the taste; the holidays. These cookies are definitely a taste that you will never forget and they are a tradition for the D’Autorio family.
6: Do you hear the jingling of the bells? That means Christmas is coming! Most kids are excited for Santa Clause, but I am excited for my Grandma D’Autorio’s Anise Christmas cookies! As young as I can remember around the holidays my Grandma D’Autorio will make her specialty cookies. They are so good that my mom makes them now since my grandparents do not live in Connecticut anymore. They cannot come up all the time for the holidays so my mom has the recipe for a backup. I mean, you can’t go a holiday without the cookies! At first when my grandma started making them a long long time ago, I didn’t know what anise was. After my mom explained to me that it was a seasoning. It didn’t really matter to me what anise was though, it was the taste. They don’t taste exactly like sugar cookies, but similar to them. They have a distinctive sugary buttery taste that mixes with a strange hint of pine needles. It doesn’t sound too appetizing, but I assure you that they are so delicious. What I am trying to say is they taste like the feeling of Christmas. The smell is just like the taste; the holidays. These cookies are definitely a taste that you will never forget and they are a tradition for the D’Autorio family.
7: Grandma D'Autorio's Anise Cookies 1 cup butter 2 cups sugar 2 eggs 1/2 cup milk 2 tablespoons anise seeds (anise extract) 4 cups flour 3 tsp baking powder pinch salt cream butter add sugar cream the 2 together again add the seeds (well beaten), and milk add the flower which has been sifted with the baking powder and salt toss on a well floured board (but not too much flour) cut and bake
8: 1 lb cream cheese 3 eggs 1 tbspn lemon juice 3 cups sour cream 1 cup sugar 1 tbspn vanilla 1 tbspn corn starch Cream together cream cheese and sugar add eggs ( at a time) add vanilla, lemon juice, cornstarch - beat together add 3 cups of sour cream - mix until blended crust- choc. wafers w 1/4 cup butter bake at 350 for 1 hr in water bath alum. foil on outside of springform pan turn oven off, let sit in oven for 1 hr undisturbed remove, let sit in reg. overnight or at least 3 hrs. | Mom's Cheesecake
9: “Crissy, we’re going to your aunts house for Thanksgiving.” “MOM, are you making your cheesecake?!” “Of course I am” she exclaims. You see, I don’t usually get excited about food, but my moms Cheesecake is so good. Like all of my favorite family foods, it has been around for a long long time; longer than I thought. Turns out that my mom’s cheesecake actually was my great grandma Filan’s recipe. The cheesecake actually was supposed to be baked in to a heavy cake. After my mom tweaked the way it was made, the delectable dessert was more of a creamy and light consistency. I honestly have never had my great grandma Filan’s version, but my mom’s is so good. It smells so good filled with the silky cream cheese and sweet chocolaty goodness as the crust. Out of all my moms recipes, this by far is the best. At family parties, my family is like “Anna, where’s the cheesecake?!”. Nobody dares to bring cheesecake because they know that Mama Clayton has it covered. The smell is so delicious, when it is in the oven it fills the entire house with the heavenly and aroma.
10: Mom's Roasted Potatoes One thing is for sure, my favorite dinner food has got to be my moms roasted potatoes. They are really nothing special, but there is just something about them that I love so much. That steamy salty potato hitting my mouth is my favorite. My mom does not just make them for special occasions either which is a great thing. The roasted potatoes are something that she just whips up really quick and it satisfies the entire family. As I look at them I see a ton of little perfectly golden potatoes simmering in a pan. The smell is not like anything else, the salty and savory potato smell whisks around the house air. They are such a comforting food, on a cold winter night eating my moms roasted potatoes from a bowl.
11: 5 lb bag potatoes olive oil seasonings | wash potatoes, cut into wedges put potatoes in separate bowl put 3/4 cup olive oil w/ seasoning mix in with potatoes put in shallow baking dish put oven in for 400 degrees for 1 hr if too dry, add more oil
12: Uncle Ken's Mini Nacho Scoops Tostito’s scoops Sargento 4 cheese exican - shredded Monterrey jack, cheddar, queso quesadilla and asadero la mexicana salsa black olives sour cream Preheat oven to 350 lay out a bunch of Tostito corn chips on pan fill each with Sargento 4 cheese Mexican cheese stick it in oven for 5-10 minutes pull it out of oven toss some salsa on top of each scoop with black olive put some sour cream on the side
13: When I was looking back in the recipe books, my mom pulled this recipe out and handed it to me. All of a sudden I felt like I was 10 years old again. I remember when my family was a lot closer and my grandparents still lived in Connecticut my entire family would spend time together. One of the things that my uncle Ken whipped up on occasions was his mini nacho scoops. These little hors d'oeuvre typically were for watching football games; which my family is huge in. I remember being little and he would show me how to make them. He is such an enthusiastic person that doing anything with him was fun. Making these finger foods was so fun to do. These nacho scoops taste so good, the crunchy tortilla shell complements the creaminess of the sour cream and Sargento 4 cheese Mexican mix. This definitely is a festive dish to eat with the reds yellows and whites of the ingredients. I mean, it’s nacho’s spiced up in a good way; who would not want to eat them? I could almost hear the crunch of the Tostitos in my ear as I think of the dish.
14: My Favorite Meal When people stop talking that used to be close, they loose the connection that they used to have. To catch up you could call them, or the more interactive alternative is to go out to coffee or dinner. To me, sitting over coffee like Dunkin Donuts or Kent Coffee and Panera is really comforting and the best way to reconnect. After a busy day, you just want to sit down and relax. When you don’t feel like cooking, going out to a restaurant or a cafe is perfect. What ever which way, I really enjoy it. You get to sit and talk about everything, it doesn’t matter what. Sit down cafe’s and restaurants are what I find a perfect meal through connecting with someone.
15: After a long week, I always look forward to seeing one of my favorite people; my boyfriend. After a fun day of hanging out, we alway catch up over coffee. Usually what will happen is around 12 o’clock AM he will come over and pick me up. We are the most indecisive people in the world so instead of sitting at my house and figuring out what we want to do, we go to dunkin donuts in Litchfield. Kyle lives in Torrington so it is on the way anyways. After buying his usual iced coffee and my Vanilla Chai or sweet and savory pumpkin spice coffee, we’ll sit in the comfortable chairs in the corner. I love the smell of the warm bagels mixing with the salty and sweet aroma of the tons of flavors of coffee whifting around the coffee house.
16: We’ll just sit there and catch up on everything from what happened during the week. As kyle talks about things happened with him, sipping on his ice cold coffee, I’m still struggling to get one sip in from my scalding hot tea. Sitting there as he talks, I think to myself how lucky I am. I always look forward to these moments on Saturday mornings with one of my favorite people. Going along with the theme of going out with my favorite people, another place that I love to go is Panera Bread in Torrington. We’ll just sit there and catch up on everything from what happened during the week. As kyle talks about things happened with him, sipping on his ice cold coffee, I’m still struggling to get one sip in from my scalding hot tea. Sitting there as he talks, I think to myself how lucky I am. I always look forward to these moments on Saturday mornings with one of my favorite people.
17: Sometimes after a long Saturday with Kyle, we decide to go to Panera. I love this place so much because it’s not just good food, it’s quiet enough that we can sit and talk without having to scream across the table to each other. Usually we will go around 8:00 PM so we don’t need to worry about finding a spot. After driving the 5 minutes from his house, we find a parking spot. As our stomachs are grumbling, the cold air of the changing seasons hits my face and I see my breath in a thin mist. As we fight the wind of the cold night, we make it to the building. I step in to the warm restaurant and the first thing I notice is the delectable smell of warm bread and soup teasing my nose. My mouth starts watering as we step in line. Trying to make up my mind, I usually decide on one of the salads. This time I’ll choose the green greek salad. As for kyle, he usually gets his yummy barbeque chicken panini.
18: After ordering, I choose a booth to sit in and wait for our food. Once the food is on our table, it’s time to eat. The aroma of the food just gets even better now that we can actually eat it for ourselves. Just like going to a coffee house, Panera is a place to sit down and relax after the hustle and bustle of a long day. I think that Panera is good because I can sit there for as long as I want and talk about anything and everything. It is a different way of bonding rather than going out and doing an activity like shopping or going to the movies. A delicious sit down meal is the perfect way to end a great day. Sit down cafe’s and restaurants are what I find a perfect meal through connecting with someone. These places are more than just food, they are a way of remembering what was connection was lost; even if it is just a few days. Nothing is better than good food and even better people.