About This Project

My Aunt Carol (Giampa) was a life long cook and the holder of my family's culinary traditions. When she passed, her recipe collection came to me. Having learned many of my cooking skills from her and forging traditions of my own, I am honored and challenged to explore the many recipes of her mother and aunts that never made it into my repertoire. Many of these recipes are desserts. This project is an attempt to both memorialize Aunt Carol (or Jumpy as she was known to most others) and explore/test/review these old family recipes. Join me?

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Good Neighbor Loaf

At first I thought this would be that sweet bread you have to leave on your counter for a week squishing the mother dough and then splitting and giving part of it to you friends? Isn't that called a neighbor loaf? friendship bread? No? I'm making it all up? Ok!

In any case, another quick bread/loaf. The Brazil nuts are intriguing. The instructions say to wrap in waxed paper and store... no eating, just storing! In the kitchen remodeling I've put my sifter someplace very smart and can't find it, so I've been using a small sieve. Works fine and now I'm not sure I need a sifter anymore.

I feel like I should recognize the handwriting on this card... I sorta want to think of my grandfather's, but I'm sure it's not his. Handwriting of a certain era always looks similar, so maybe it was one of his sisters? The name at the top, Anna, could be who wrote it, or who the recipe was for, I don't know. My mother's name is Anna but I think her mom's name was just Ann? Now I'm not sure about that. In any case, Anna, this loaf is for you!

1 comment:

  1. Wait, you actually sift? I think that makes you a real baker...