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FAVE MEMORY: Gramma Helen called all closets “presses”....the linen press, the clothes press etc.
The kitchen had a cold press, a little room off the outside stairwell across from the kitchen. It was a cross between a pantry & a root cellar. It was so fresh & cool inside & a perfect place to hide on hot summer days. It ALWAYS had a bowl of fresh green grapes, never red! If we were good she’d get her kitchen shearers & snip off a bunch for us. Looking back, I recall fences of vines behind the old garage & wondering now if that’s where all the grapes came from😂
My friends and I would always have picnics with each other during our last years of high school. It was always something affordable, balanced, and delicious. They are some of my favorite memories to look back on, so I decided to create a piece that we can all hold on to forever.
Sometimes we pretend we know about other cultures when we make a meal. Did you know that the origins of the word picnic are French? My apologies to all French people, I still have a lot to learn! But I do know that dessert is important, so I had to sneak in a few cookies :)