DEDICATED TO CLARICE BURR
Grandma Burr was a traditional country cook. Born at the beginning of the 20th Century, she moved from Missouri to Idaho at the age of three. She learned to cook on a cast-iron wood stove, from garden ingredients, and pantry staples. She was magic in the kitchen, and I had the privilege to learn to cook from her.
She owned a collection of cookbooks and recipes cut from magazines and food packages. She loved reading those books, but like the true artist she was, she used recipes as a starting point. Everything that came from her kitchen had her own special touch. She knew how to combine ingredients on hand, and her table was always a bountiful pleasure — even if she was only serving rice with butter, sugar and milk for dinner. Somehow, she always got it just right.
This cookbook is dedicated to her. I have tried to capture the recipes that I grew up with, and that I still enjoy serving to my family. Grandma, this is for you.