During these days of staying put, cooking has been an interesting challenge. Perhaps because these are such uncertain times and the fact that grocery shelves are largely empty, my efforts have resulted in considerable comfort food made with whatever is on hand.
In the freezer was a ham hock. I have no idea why it was there, but there was no question what to do with it…..ham hock and lima beans!
Just the thought brought a slew of memories.When the hubby and I were first married there was little extra spending money. Eating out was a luxury we couldn’t afford except for an occasional special deal. One such was a generous serving of ham hocks and limas served with cornbread muffins for $1.50. We never missed taking advantage of that offer.
Limas were also a staple of my childhood. Mother served them on top of the cornbread and finished them off with canned tomatoes. It was a no brainer to do the same. As we ate, I could hear my daddy saying, “These taste right musty.”, meaning he wanted another helping.
Speaking of Mother, she made killer chicken and dumplings. Whenever she cooked for us that is what we always asked for, and we ate until we couldn’t take another bite. That always pleased her. How I wish I’d had her tutor me because no matter how hard I try my chicken and dumplings never hold a candle to hers. Even so, my effort was satisfactory and like the lima beans, they gave us a warm, fuzzy feeling.
As we live each day without knowing what happens next, I hope all of us will find comfort in some way. For us right now, food is one of those ways.