When we think of our grandmothers, some of our happiest memories are those where we spent time with them in the kitchen. Our grandmothers were of various ethnicities (Italian, Mexican, Irish/German) but they all knew their way around the kitchen. With National Grandparents Day coming up on September 11, we thought we would share some of our grandmothers' kitchen tools with you. We have some of them ourselves and find them just as useful today as our grandmothers did in their day. And when we use them, it brings back those pleasant memories and helps keep them alive in our minds.
Gary's nonna used a mezzaluna to chop parsley, onions, celery - you name it. We have one and love it, both for its looks and its utility.
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Mortar and Pestle (Molcajete amd Tejolote)
Maria's abuelita used a Mexican molcajete (mortar) to grind and mix chiles, spices, peppers, etc. She made the most fabulous Mexican food ever!
Rolling pins brought us some of our favorite treats from our grandmothers' kitchens. Gary's nonna used a ravioli rolling pin to help make delicious homemade ravioli. And Maria's abuelita used a small handleless wooden rolling pin to roll out the best flour tortillas you ever tasted. Here's to rolling pins!
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Maria's Irish/German grandma was a working woman, a nurse, at a time when this wasn't too common. She relied a lot on easy-to-put together, all-in-one casserole dishes. One of her specialties was Italian Delight. She must have known her granddaughter would one day marry a nice Italian boy! This is typical of the type of dish she used.
An Italian custard dessert made with sweet wine, Gary's nonna used a pan similar to this to make the tasty concoction:
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No, neither of us had a French grandmother, but Maria's abuelita used a comal, something similar to a crepe pan, to cook the tortillas. This crepe pan looks very much like the comal she used. One of Maria's favorite childhood memories is hearing the click of the rolling pin and watching a fresh tortilla puffing up on the pan.
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