Monday, July 27, 2009
My grandmother died on Saturday. We were not surprised -- she was almost 97 and her health started to decline last year. We will miss her, but are happy that she had a long, full life (she raised seven kids and fostered I think five more, cooked with the ladies' circle at church, walked to Mass almost every morning before she picked up the mail at the PO where I used to be able to address a letter simply "Mrs Helen J, Dorchester, WI," kept a gorgeous garden, both flower and veg, made quilts for all her children and grandchildren, and played a mean game of sheepshead) and was independent and living on her own until about two years ago.
My sister just happened to be here visiting already, so she and I will drive up to northern Wisconsin tomorrow for the funeral. (SH is at a work conference where he is presenting a paper, so he cannot attend the funeral.)
My grandmother making strudel.
Photo credit: My mom.
I think I should take some food with us as there will be a ton of out of town relatives and the burden of feeding everyone should not fall on the few relatives who live there. No, restaurants really aren't an option in our family. We are People Who Do Not Waste and we especially do not Waste Money on Restaurants When We Can Cook Ourselves. Not to mention the dining out options in Medford and Dorchester are limited.
So here is the question. Can I get away with making something from a mix? Or does it have to be homemade? How much, if any, would my reputation suffer as a cook and as a Decent Human Being Who Cooks From Scratch if I make a Pillsbury Pineapple Upside-Down Cake from the mix I picked up at the bargain table last week? Would anyone know it was from a mix?