As Mama would say, “The pots are always jingling at our house.” I do enjoy cooking, mainly because my husband and I enjoy eating good meals. But I must tell you,  I like trying out new recipes. In my stories, I always have a character or two who know how to make their pots jingle like Mama’s. So I’m frequently trying out new recipes that Hattie or Lilah or Lita would serve at their tables.  You can find those recipes here along with those from our family table. Some of these are so good they’ll make you slap your grandma (but not too hard).

Cold Christmas Cake

Lita, the cook in CHRISTMAS AT GREY SAGE, was of Hopi Indian descent. This was an ancestral recipe for Christmas cake. Lucky for us, we don’t have to do what the Indians did – make the cake with more primitive ingredients, wrap it in leaves, and cool it in the icy creek water. They were lucky if the bears didn’t get it. But this more modern version is closer to candy than cake, and oh so good!

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Native American Fry Bread

Now about this recipe – first of all, I never met a bread I didn’t like, and what could be better than fried bread? I must have gained three pounds trying out recipes until I had THE one. At our house, I’m still making this recipe. It’s great with a bowl of hot soup or stew. And my husband always saves a piece or two for his honey and peanut butter to finish off his meal. WARNING: This is addictive.

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