Toni, my nephew, has been staying with us. The slave labor we have provided has been returned in kind by Toni and Andrew cooking dinner each night.
We've had poke salad and fresh garden salad. We've had pork ribs, pork pasta and pulled barbecued pork. We had pasta with cheese and corn, baked potatoes, zucchini, hoecakes and fresh strawberries with cake. Not all at one meal and not in this combination but through out this week after we labored and moved Toni's storage items to the shop.
Toni taught me a few tricks about cooking he has picked up in his world travels and I taught Andrew and Toni some old cooking tricks handed down for generations.
Andrew thought I was talking dirty when I asked if they wanted Hoecakes with their greens. I showed the guys how to make them. THEN I googled the name. By golly, I had it right. I made them the same way Paula Deen did. The recipe wasn't written down but stored in my head as it has been for generations.
So after a long hot exhausting day a meal cooked together just makes you feel like you are home. Then there's game time after the table cleared. I have forgotten I had a tv.
Oh, and eat your heart out, Paula Deen!