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Just A Smidgen


"If I asked my Mom how much cinnamon to add to the eggnog when I was growing up "just a smidgen" was her likely reply. She was taught to cook and bake long ago, with approximate measurements like a smidgen, pinch, dash, or dollop, and there were no handy measuring spoons (like those pictured above) for such amounts back then. Somehow she could tell how much flour, butter or spice to add just by look, feel and taste, and everything she made turned out perfect. Now I have the wooden spoon she used to stir things up with, it belonged to her mother before her.  I've figured out the reason everything she made tasted so good... she always stirred in a smidgen of love.
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This was written for In Other Words where Patricia has asked us to  
write a story or poem of 5 Lines or Less using the word:
 smidgen - noun; a very small amount or part
  
 Come and share your five lines with us!
 

8 comments:

  1. Such measures are called "grams" because they are how gramma cooked!

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    1. I love this, and it's true! Grandma's did it all by "feel"! :-)

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  2. Hey Messymimi I like that definition of grams, sound about right

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    1. I did too, I haven't heard it put that way before, but she's right!

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  3. Love that. My grandma didn't even own a set of measuring cups or spoons I don't think. She just always knew how much, and of course secret ingredient is always love. :)

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    1. I think that cooking and baking was so much a part of their daily routine for years and years that they just knew how much was right, my mother certainly did. We kids used to tease her about using her hands to mix things far more often than her spoon, that was Grandma's way too, they needed to see if the dough felt right!

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  4. My mother was a terrible cook so we all ate just a smidgen.

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    1. This made me laugh! Maybe that's what motivated you to become a good cook, and to share that blessing with your neighbors!

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