Kept Cooking Into Her 80’s

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 - For Your Consideration -
Mother (In-Law)'s Cooking

"Write a list poem:  Nine reasons to eat your mother (in-law)'s 

- My mom could tender a brisket every time.  My sister
and I have given up.

- If you like your stuffed cabbage sweet and sour, Mom's tang 
rang out.

- Crispy fried chicken?  She learned from a southerner
while Dad was stationed in Ft. Jackson.

- Remember homemade french fries?  Yup, she made them from

- Love turkey with stuffing?  You would moan in delight
over Mom's two specialties–chestnut and cornbread.

- Mom taught us how to bake original Toll House chocolate chip 
cookies.  We would try to eat them before they cooled.

- Years ago, I loved her chopped liver, hand ground in an old
steel grinder.  Secret ingredient:  seltzer.

- Though Dad called it rabbit food, Mom's salad ingredients
differed.  Sometimes you'd find chopped scallions, or
radishes, or thin sliced red onion.

- She would be so hurt if I didn't.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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