Thursday, August 20, 2009

So The Story Goes...

I recently saw the new movie Julie and Julia and oh wow...I was inspired. That movie was so cute, so interesting and it kept me on the edge of my seat like a thriller would have done. If you haven't see the movie I say you go right this minute! You will fall in love with both Julie and Julia as well as a love for cooking even if you don't love to cook! So again I say I was inspired. I walked out of that theatre bound and determined that not only was I going to blog about cooking but I was going to find the perfect set of recipes to blog about! So I go to thinking and racking my little brain and I finally realized that I have in my possession a certain collection of recipes that would be PERFECT to blog. Why I hadn't thought about this sooner I will never know. I could have beaten Julie to the punch and wrote a blog, book and created a major motion picture all about cooking. But I didn't think of it sooner so I will just say thank you to Julie for passing along her bright idea. Now what will make my blog different is that I personally know the person who is responsible for the recipes behind my blogging. She is my grandmother that we call Momou. Her name is Narcille Katherine Roy Mayeux and that darling lady is known for her cooking. So the story goes like this: The last time that she and I had a slumber party (about 3 years ago) I asked her if we could go through some of her favorite recipes and I could write them down in my recipe binder. So she takes out an accordion type file folder with TONS of clipped newspaper recipes and hand written recipes stuffed right in that folder. I knew then and there that it was going to be the best slumber party yet! She and I stayed up all night taking turns pulling out random recipes and reading them to each other. We would "ooh and ahh" over every recipe that we read aloud and then tuck it back in the folder while reaching for the next. Momou told me that the recipe collection had been started the year she married my grandfather in 1939. To many people that little file folder would look like nothing special...it wasn't even a real cookbook. But to her and I it contained recipes that were like little tiny dreams collected over a lifetime. Anyone that clips recipes or flags a page in a cookbook knows that you are saying to yourself that one day you will make that recipe and you will find the perfect time in life to do so. Well that night came to an sleepy end. As hugs and kisses were exchanged Momou told me very nonchalantly that I could have the recipe collection. Again, to others it would look like I had just inherited a folder that had more dust than anything but to me I had just inherited a priceless gift. In my 24 year old, newlywed eyes it felt like she was entrusting me to carry on with all of those tiny dreams in that folder. So here I am...3 years later and I am ready to take on the challenge she gave me that night. All of the recipes that she clipped with the hopes of making one day will be made. I will never forget her pulling out a recipe that night for some type of yummy sounding pie and she told me that she never had the chance to make it. Well Momou...I will make it for you. I am going to lovingly prepare, cook and taste each recipe that you had at one point clipped with the intention of making. Momou is loved by many and my hope is that this blog will serve as a way for all of us to have a copy of that dusty old file folder with the precious recipes inside. I invite you to write in about your favorite memory, recipe or story about Momou or your own grandmother. And between my husband and I, we have 4 wonderful grandmothers that share a love for cooking: Momou, Momee, Maw Maw and Deal. So while this is a tribute to cooking for Momou I want to take the time to share beloved recipes by all four of these women at some point. I don't know how often I will get to post to this blog. The blogs will consist of the actual recipe itself and then my little story about my experience with that recipe. Get ready because there are lots of recipes for me to try. Whew...there is lots to do so let's get cooking!

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9 comments:

Milkj35 said...

Congratulations Bug, you finally did it. Everything looks great and I can not wait to get started cooking. Love You

Allison said...

Jason beat me to the first comment. I can't wait to read all of your posts though! :)

red03530 said...

Sunshine, you are the Greatest daughter in law a mother can have and you never cease to amaze me. You can do anything you set your mind too. And do a very good job at it. I know you give God the credit for that. That's why you always do so good. I love what you are doing and I know you will have fun doing it and will be blessed for it. God Bless you both. Love you

Samanthajohnette said...

Lisa, I have to admit that just reading your post makes me want to try out this whole world of cooking....you never know!! This blog could make Justin so incredibly happy and full!

joeyyy08 said...

I liked the the first title "Momou and me", but wow!!! looks prefect!!! can't wait to see what my first college meal will be!!! whens the next blog!!!???
-joey-

PrissyPres said...

Weesie, this is so exciting. Momou will be so honored. I can't wait to read each recipe & fill in my binder, though not as thorough as yours =) Lol. I wish the best with this adventure & remember to have fun. I love you

giada_joe said...

Wee Wee this blog inspired me so much to start doing this myself! I love the story of you and Mamou. This is so special, you have always loved her. I'm sure it will mean SO much to her when she reads this. I love you!

klg821 said...

Lisa - I love your blog. I am looking forward to reading, trying, and writing about Momou's recipes! Now get to cooking missy :)

Lisa Mayeux Welch said...

I apologize that I am a little late in saying this but thank you everyone for the support and love with this new "blog life" I have taken on. I truly have no idea what I am doing. But I do know that all I really need to make this thing work is some good recipes, good friends and family to try them out and my friend Alli who is a blogging genius!

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