Grits and Purls

Spinning yarns about the grit of life

The other night my husband munched one of the pepparkakor cookies that I had baked with the expert help our five year old daughter. When we crawled under the covers and kissed goodnight, I smiled. The cardamom,cinnamon, cloves and ginger put a little extra zing into our nighttime ritual. “Yum,” I said, “pepparkakor kisses.” Pepparkakors …

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I took my grandmother’s 1941 Westinghouse cookbook from its hallowed place on the top shelf of the china cabinet (also my grandmother’s) and carefully turned to page 104 where I found the recipe for baking powder biscuits. This is the recipe that my grandmother used, the one that my mother used, and the one that …

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