On Saturday afternoon my mother suggested that she, Tom, and I go out for lunch at Applebee's.
My mother seldom eats at Applebees, preferring rather to patronize the several small, locally-owned eateries in Seaford - she said she hadn't been to Applebees in years - but she thought it would be nice to go there for a change, a special occasion.
My mother told us that her mother charged twenty-five cents to wash, stretch, and iron a pair of curtains.
She then talked a little about her mother's recipes, which reminded me that one of my mother's favorite comfort foods from her childhood was rice pudding - which was also one of my favorite comfort foods from my childhood.
So I decided to make a batch of rice pudding.
For anyone else who might have a hankering for rice pudding, here's my recipe:
Patti's Rice Pudding:
5 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup rice
A few shakes of cinnamon
2 Tablespoons raisins
1. Combine all ingredients except the vanilla in a large sauce pan.
4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
5. Enjoy! Delicious hot or cold.
Or with some milk poured over it, as is my mom's preference.
I have the impression that my mom's house is to all the neighborhood cats what our house was to all the neighborhood kids when I was growing up.
That afternoon we received a call from one of my brothers that he and his wife were going to drive down from Pennsylvania and meet us for dinner.
This time we went out to the Stargate, another of my mother's local dining venues of choice.