Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Month of Chocolate: It’s Genetic

                                                          mom and great
Can I introduce you to another member of the AddMoreChocolate family? If there is such a thing as a “chocolate gene”, I have certainly inherited it!
When my mom was growing up in West Texas during the Depression, she lived out in the country with her mother, grandparents, aunt, and uncles. The only way to get to school was on the high-school bus (thankfully her Uncle Percy was there as a bodyguard) and then this little 6 year old had to walk 4 blocks (by herself!) from the high-school to the grade school.
But the real challenge was inside the school: The Lunchroom. I’ll let Mom tell you the story herself:
“Remember this was a “spoiled stubborn little girl”  whose granddaddy helped her to eat her salmon patty and whose mother and grandmother pretty much cooked the foods she liked.
Well I wasn’t going to eat those strange things on those lunchroom trays which didn’t even look like “real dishes”, and I certainly wasn’t going to drink my milk, because no one had been successful in getting me to drink my milk at home.
So it became a stand off between me and the lunchroom ladies and you weren’t encouraged to bring your lunch. I didn’t tell my family that I wasn’t eating, and they became concerned because of my weight loss (of which I didn’t have any to lose.) Finally a conference with the principal revealed my secret of not eating. After that I was allowed to bring my lunch each day.
I don’t remember what the “main dish” of my school lunch bag might have been, however I do remember Graham Cracker Sandwiches: Graham crackers filled with a cocoa/powdered sugar mixture.”
Mom grew out of her picky eating phase and today she and Dad are pretty adventuresome when it comes to cooking new things. Today Mom puts Nutella on her graham crackers (Yum!) but if she ever wants a taste of the past:
6 T. powdered sugar
2 t. cocoa
1 1/2 t. milk
graham crackers


southerninspiration said...

Good combination...I love graham crackers and chocolate....gotta be good together!


Anonymous said...

Awwww Now you've introduced your "spoiled" mother to your friends. You definitely inherited the chocolate gene from both sides of your family. Keep up the tradition! Love, Mom

Stacey at Living by Faith said...

What a cute picture and a great story. I bet all the other kids wanted to quit eating their lunches when they saw what she had instead!

jerriann said...

Yum-yum. I love chocolate, I love really good, rich, dark chocolate and that recipe of your Dad's fudge, looks just like something my grandmother used to make. Thank you for sharing your recipes. I love recipes. :))