Shoveling Through The Tears | The Eddie Mae Saute

      “I’ll be the Daddy and you be the Sweetie,” said my granddaughter, Dalton. “But where,” I said, “Is the Mommie?” “Shoveling snow,” said Dalton. And no doubt Mommie’s voice was a tad anxious after the daily ditherness of a Chicago winter. And perhaps a bit loud. I consider raised voices to be the sideshow of loosing control. …

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A Good Shot|Apple-Cider Sourdough Bread

On a crest above the town proper of Lynnville, Tennessee lives a lovely soul who is baking her heart out. She got lucky during creation and was gifted with a multitude of talents, not the least of which is her sunny disposition. Originally she came to town with a friend to preview the Lynnville Tractor Pull and it was there …

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Tender Tidbit|Orange-Pecan Scones

Joyner Elementary School – Tupelo, Mississippi: I was awarded the role Queen of Hearts in a 1962 production of Alice in Wonderland. This was a misguided character assignment. I thought I should be the Mad Hatter, a part which was bagged by my friend Reese who wore a perpetual and handy look of bewilderment. Clear as a bell, the tallest …

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World Famous Lucille’s – Tavern Artistry|Onion Rings

The formula is time tested. As Englishman Samuel Johnson noted man of letters said, “There is nothing which has been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.” Investors are seeing downtown Columbia, Tennessee as a mecca for producing happiness and the reopening of Lucille’s on South Main is the most recent addition …

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The Snowy Day and Mama Toast

  A solid 19 inches of snowfall and treks to and from Chicago are halted. I am snowed into a Chicago fairyland – an enchanted zone where my granddaughter Elodie is available to expand on the first selection in her cooking repertoire. “It’s a mama sandwich,” she says with a laugh that erupts in a girlie giggle and slides into …

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A Road Illuminated | Mama’s Prune Cake

There is a Tennessee route between Lewis and Maury Counties which encompasses a portal to the Natchez Trace. For my family of origin, this gateway was significant – a launch for new beginnings. Now it is a memory touchstone with all that is achingly familiar. The road is a beauty. Even today with the starkness of highway improvements, the seasonal …