- Posted March 24, 2010 by
Vero Beach, Florida
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Share your heirloom recipes
Grandma Carr's Cookies Make the Grade
It all began in Montpelier, Ohio. My Grandma Carr was a teacher for more than 40 years. She was a dedicated to educating children. She also enjoyed baking cookies with my dad. While my Grandpa Carr minded the family ice cream and sandwich store, “Carr’s on the Corner,” my Grandma Carr tended the home front. She especially enjoyed keeping the cookie jar full of chocolate chip cookies. My dad always reminisces fondly about those cookies and the time spent with his mother. You see this is where the fabric of my family’s culinary history begins.
Please understand that we are sensitive to the current concerns about national obesity. However, the reality is that there was a time when families came together in the kitchen. They talked and shared recipes that were part of their family’s heritage.
Gone are the days when students took home economics to learn how to boil an egg or how to sew a button on a garment. Today’s curriculum is so crammed full of standards that we have lost sight of the basic premise of education.
So what do we do? We reach back into our childhood memories and remember what we hold most dear. We share those memories and lessons with our children.
My Grandma Carr taught me how to make the same chocolate chip cookies that my dad loved. The memory, to most, sounds like a passage of a Hallmark card. The reality is that she was giving me the most basic of life’s lessons. We covered counting, quality of contents and evaluation of outcomes. She also taught me that any adversity could be overcome by the simple gift of a cookie.
Although my Grandma Carr’s recipe may not be innovative by today’s standards it remains true to the values that my family holds dear: the simple things are the most important, honor those close and keep those with adversarial intentions nearer, never overlook a kind gesture and remember that sometimes you are closer to making a break through when you are faced with the worst of situations.
You see this family recipe has gotten me through all of life’s heart breaks and victories: confirming first loves, mending friendships, bribing my brothers, honoring celebrations, thanking teachers, sweet talking critics and providing gifts to friends who have it all but need to remember that I love them best. The simple gift of a cookie keeps on giving.
Today, obesity exists because family values have gone by the “weigh-side.” No one takes time to talk (and not text) their children. The idea of gathering in the kitchen to share and to embrace family recipes is a foreign concept.
The core of obesity and the objection of bake sales go back to people forgetting and embracing the basic tenants of family that teach and guide children to make wise and logical decisions.
Below is the basic Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe that my Grandma Carr passed down to me. I add additional ingredients to the mix based on the recipient’s interests and passions. It has never let me down. There is nothing fancy about it. It moves people because it comes from my heart and it tells them that I took the time to care. In a nutshell that is what it is all about; honoring each other with gifts of love.
3 cups of all-purpose flour – I like the brand with the big gold medal on it!
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
2 sticks of butter (real sweet cream butter!)
3/4 cup of firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup of granular sugar
2 teaspoons of real vanilla extract
1 bag of jumbo semi-sweet chunks or jumbo chips
1 cup of nuts, M&M’s coconut or Heath chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, soda and salt; set aside. Combine the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Mix dry and wet ingredients together. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10 minute until lightly brown. Cool for one minute on baking sheet and then remove to wire racks to cool completely.