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Don’t you love the holidays?   Plenty of hooks to hang those memories on.   So many to write about.  I’m thinking about salt cod and making baccala with my grandmother.

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I want to remember what went on. How old was I when we made the Christmas Eve fish together the first time?  Did she let me change the water in the pot?  Did we use the deep porcelain sink? How did she measure the ingredients?  I scour my memory for details. I like them Neat and Ordered. Black and White.  But then, like the Ghost of Christmas Past, an aroma pays a visit.

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It makes me think ~ my mother never made baccala at our house. And she never made it with Grandma and me either. There it is ~ the side door. Words simmer, thoughts burble.  And then one day, the story is on the page. It’s a crooked path but one worth following.

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Happiness Song #4  Courtesy of Teddy Pendergrass


Toni

2 thoughts on “DELIVERING HAPPINESS ~ COMING IN THE SIDE DOOR

  1. more memories are awakened by your post. the fish feast…it was amazing to see the varietry of dishes made for the Christmas Eve celebration. sometimes i wish i had learned the traditional cooking. we all go to the Good News Cafe in woodbury on Christmas Eve. it’s a lot easier for me:)

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    1. Ellie,
      That Cafe is Good News! We love it there. It’s been too long since our last visit. We had the good fortune to go with Carole and Bernard to France on one of her culinary weeks. I’m thinking we should meet up someday….and what better place than that! I posted the baccala recipe on my page a while ago…it’s very simple. There are videos on YouTube as well. Give it a try – it will take you back to Nonna’s kitchen.
      Toni

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