Nana’s Cooking The Holiday’s are upon us and I’m sure everyone is looking forward to those favorite dishes our grandparents, aunts, cousins and mothers have made over the years. Enjoying these foods with taste and smell is delightfully delicious, but how about enjoying them from a different perspective? Learning how these recipes transpired! For many years my husband and I have enjoyed several dishes that have been passed down from the Hermsen family generation after generation. But I’ve never bothered to inquire on the “Recipe History” till now. I would like to share what my mother-in-law, Rosalyn Estrada, so graciously has shared with us, the 5th generation, in hopes that the 6th generation (her grandchildren: Anthony and Brittnee), will continue the tradition and pass these exquisite treasures down to their families.
Mix the two cups of Jell-O Instant French Vanilla Pudding into your medium sized mixing bowl with the 4 cups of regular vitamin D milk. Mix well with spoon or whisk.
Add the tub of regular cool whip…mix well until you’re unable to see the white cool whip – till the color is light yellow as seen in the photo to the right.
Prepare your 9X13 dish with the graham cracker crust - breaking the 4 square graham crackers into 1 square and lining the bottom dish evenly.
Pour your first layer of filling…lining the graham crackers and dish.
Repeat the graham cracker lining on top of the filling…breaking the 4 square crackers into one square and lining the dish.
Pour the remaining mixture into the 2nd layer of filling…spreading evenly
Repeat the graham cracker lining
The last part is the tricky part…Nana said, “Forever I used a knife to spread each graham cracker with the chocolate icing making sure everything was covered evenly.” Then microwaves were created, thank God for TECHNOLOGY! Now she just pops it into the microwave for 30 seconds to melt and then you just pour the icing onto the top and spread evenly with a knife.
Cooking traditions are great treasures to start and leave behind for your family. Knowing the details and how those treasures transpired are even grander. If you’re not already doing so, this Holiday season, ask questions or start a new cooking tradition with your family.
When I ask my mother-in-law about sharing these recipes on my blog and putting them down electronically for our family, she came over immediately to show me how to prepare each one because she knew that this would be a wonderful gift to pass down to our families.
It was so much fun. We had a good time doing this together. I just want to tell her thanks so much for doing this for our family…it means a lot!