"I have long believed that good food, good eating is all about risk. Whether we're talking about unpasteurized Stilton, raw oysters or working for organized crime 'associates,' food, for me, has always been an adventure."--Anthony Bourdain
Going to dinner at Grandma and Grandpa Weese’s when we went for summer vacation was like going to live on the farm in the early 1900’s. We always left at least 5 pounds heavier! We would be called to dinner and arrive to a table groaning with food – as we were soon with full stomachs. Grandma and Grandpa lived on the farm and raised their own vegetables and had freezers full of meat, frozen fruit and canned vegetables. They fed us like we had just worked 6 hours in the fields. Lunch was a feast fit for a king. We had 2 kinds of meat, 2 – 3 fresh or canned vegetables from their garden, salad and 2 – 3 desserts. The favorite in our family was the frozen fresh peaches with the icy center that we fought over. There was usually a chocolate or cherry pie or angel food cake to go with them. You couldn’t imagine eating again that week, let alone later that same evening – but somehow we managed! After moving off the farm Grandpa kept a large garden with flowers and always plenty of vegetables that they canned and froze. Their canned pickled beets were the specialty. Nowhere else could you have that unique flavor that said “family.”
This was compiled by memories shared between Jennifer and Vena Holland.
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