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November 21 , 2007

Alice's Recipe's to Remember


Alice’s Recipes to Remember, is written by Author Joseph D Medwar. Alice Mary Medwar was an American of Middle Eastern decent. Her parents Sarah and Michael migrated to the United States in the 1920’s. Michael opened a mom and pop type grocery store and gas station in Somerville MA. Sarah had four sons, and three daughters. Eventually two of her sons opened a well-known restaurant and nightclub in the local area. Food and entertainment was destined to be part of the family heritage. Sarah stayed home and cooked for her loved ones. I remember very well, because when I went to visit my grandmother as a kid, there were endless amounts of food and a lot of it was Middle Eastern dishes. Alice learned a lot from her mothers cooking, and shared many of these delicious meals with her own family during any occasion. My mother’s cooking was usually the main event. She had tons of Kibbee and rolled grape leaves as well as other ethnic cuisine stored in a large freezer in the basement. It literally was ready to-be defrosted on a moment’s notice for us to eat. She would hold small lessons with people who desired to learn about Middle Eastern cooking.
Alice Mary Medwar cooked Italian, and had many sauce and pasta recipes. She made a tomato sauce to die-for! The spices combined with other ingredients, sent a hunger frenzy to your brain. I remember walking into her kitchen seeing her stirring the sauce in a large pot. She would insist on me trying a spoonful. My God, the heavens opened up, you would swear she was a full-bred Italian momma! At dinner, her sauce combined with either, spaghetti, lasagna or other pastas, and meatballs were all we needed. She also prepared sauces like a Pesto sauce, Béarnaise Sauce, or a Hollandaise Sauce, for a variety of occasions and food combinations. Pasta dinners included two types of Tortellini dishes, Stuffed shells, Manicotti, Baked macaroni, and pasta salad.
Chinese food dinners were always a hit at family gatherings. No need to order-out, she cooked up an assortment of homemade Chinese food dishes including with egg rolls and chicken wings. The different plates were tasty; mouth watering, whatever… indescribably delicious to eat! You Bet! You have to have a wok! The ingredients to some of the recipes might be hard to find in a regular grocery store. Today there are large variety of specialty stores and online stores, so… these ingredients will not be that hard to find..
Alice Mary Medwar had a way with chicken. When the supermarket ran a special, mom would rush down to the store and pick out seven Cornish Hens, one for each of us. veal, pork, chicken, lamb, ham and fish, She had a recipe for all of them. You just didn’t throw the meat or fish into an oven and cook it. There were certain ingredients you had to add, spices, honey, certain herbs and veggies made a difference. Marinating the meat, basting it, how you chopped it, would it be good with rice or pasta. Fish or meat she had them all.
Alice Mary Medwar loved to bake. She’d baked a variety of breads, pastries and pies to satisfy our inability to resist the gratification of whims and desires. I can’t remember a time when there wasn’t homemade apple pie, chocolate chip cookies or a chocolate cake, in the fridge waiting for us to eat. Apple upsidedown cake or her famous church windows were always a favorite around the holiday’s. Cornbread, croissants, bran muffins, were served during coffee hour while she entertained guests. They knew she had something she cooked. It wasn’t at all, hard to convince them. She always was over gratified by her results. It made her go to the next level and cook up another recipe and the whole process would start again. So please get your cooking utensils out and start cooking, these are some great recipes for you to enjoy!

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