A couple of times each year Mom would fly up here to Minnesota from Illinois to spend time with her only granddaughter we had (unfairly) moved 600 miles away from her. She had two grandsons back in Illinois whom she couldn't have loved more, but our daughter was her only female grandchild.
Mom was a great cook, so I always coerced her into spending time in my kitchen on her visits. Like so many cooks of her generation, she didn't have a written recipe for many of her creations. So the night she whipped up her delicious Potato Patties, I insisted she write down the instructions for me.
This is the recipe card on which she jotted down her simple instructions for me somewhere between thirty and thirty-five years ago.
I've got several recipes in my stuffed-full recipe box with my mom's lovely handwriting on them. I know someday they will have a place in my daughter's kitchen, perhaps with some recipes in my own handwriting.
Have some leftover mashed potatoes in your refridge needing to be used up? This recipe is simple and delicious.
1-1/2 to 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
2 tablespoons chopped onion
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Salt and Pepper
Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
Drop by spoonfuls (size of your choice)
into skillet of bacon grease, butter or
combination of both.
Fry until golden brown on one side,
flip and cook on other side.
The batter last night made four 3" round patties with enough batter left for another four for breakfast this morning with our eggs. (I tossed in some fresh frozen chives last night for a bit of color.)
I don't think Mom ever minded when I asked her to do some cooking when she was here because she always had a little "helper" standing on a chair beside her. Apparently, that helper assimilated her grandma's culinary expertise because she's a good cook now, too.