In memory of Grandma Petite Smoked Oyster Stew with red potatoes, bacon, celery & onion

Some of my favorite childhood memories will always be the summers we got to spend with Grandma. What kid didn't love it ?!

Wheat cream served with toast cut and drizzled with spun honey until it ran down your chin for breakfast, classic BLT for lunch with HUGE garden fresh tomatoes, which she had always lined up on the old window frame, (unless we had her infamous "coney" ”Which was served with an open face on bread and a whole & # 39; nother story 😉), and of course her smoked oyster stew!

She didn't add all the things I do now, but if I could go back in time, I would still love hers, just as much. I so enjoyed those days with her!

She babysat for half the population of the city, and in turn, years later, they brought their kids to her house! There was always a baby to give birth, diapers to change and lots of kids to play with. I loved it!

She also sewed for everyone and was an amazing seamstress! As soon as breakfast was done and the morning news reports, which consisted of how the local crops and cattle did it, we were all seated in the huge huge family room supplement that my grandfather built and looked at all the old soaps like. "The Edge of the Night", "As the World Turns", "Indicative Light", "Days of Our Lives", "Search Tomorrow", "A Life to Live" and "The Young and the Troubled" just for to name a few!

She would sit in her chair, sew the pieces of her latest quilt together and we would all pile on the floor sitting "Indian style" and we would see them all, back-to-back, one after the other, jumping up to switch channels between the 3 stations for her. (Except when Bob Barker abandoned whole kitchens, of course! "The price is right" was never missed!)

Then the afternoon "Dialing for Dollars" movie came on. (Just seen "Play Misty for Me" the other day out of sheer nostalgia!) During the commercial breaks, they would flip through the phone book and point to a number to call. If you were called and answered a trivia question correctly about today's movie, you won something.

Well, they never rang, but once the phone rang right by wrong time. We were all sure "this was it !!!", but no, I can't even remember who it was called, but Grandma wasn't too happy about it! Haha! She and all of us children were also thinking about of course they finally called "our" house!

About halfway through the afternoon movie, she had put the little ones on a nap, and us bigger kids got a special treat of homemade popcorn with lots of butter and salt, which she would burst into her big old pot and shake it back and forth over the red coil-burner on the stove. And to follow that complimented the popcorn perfectly were soft, sugary "Spice Drops"! Hmmm, maybe Grandma was the first to see how wonderfully salty and sweet went together! 😉

Then the parents all came together to pick up their children and we had a lovely quiet evening sitting at the kitchen table after dinner playing card games, our favorite was "King's Corner"! The evening's best entertainment, however, was rare, as she would get her old ukulele out, dance, sing and play, "Has anyone seen my gal!"

I sure miss her. There's just nothing like a grandmother's love, is there? So this is dedicated to you, Grandma. Maybe someday, somehow, we will meet again!

IN HOME by GRANDMA PETITE RYKET OYSTER-STU with Red Potatoes, BACON, Celery & Onion

Serves heartily 3-4

3 medium red potatoes, unpeeled and cut into hearty bite sized pieces

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

2 Tbl. butter

1/2 medium onion, cubes

1 rib celery, cut thin

salt & coarse ground black pepper for season, pinch of each

1 1/2 cups half and half

1 1/2 cup milk

2 tsp. Superior Touch Better Thou Bouillon Chicken Base

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper

5 slices of crispy-cooked bacon, grated in 1/2 – 1 ″ pieces

1 (3 3/4 oz.) Tin petite smoked oysters

salt or oyster biscuits

extra coarsely ground pepper for decoration

extra bacon for garnish, optional

DIRECTIONS:

Cut up peeled potatoes into large pieces of bite size and place in a small saucepan of hot water with a 1/2 tsp. kosher salt. Cook and cook for 4-5 minutes, until tender. Check with a knife sticking through a piece for tenderness.

While potatoes are boiling, simmer onions and celery in butter until tender.

Empty potatoes in colander and dump it back into the pan. Add the sautéed onion mixture with the butter and the rest of the ingredients lift the oyster from the tin with a fork to drain. A little of the oil in there is flavor, so you don't have to empty them on paper towel first.

Heat over medium LOW heat until the heat and broth base are dissolved gently while stirring.

Serve in bowls where they stir hot with biscuits and more pepper on top. Garnish with more crumbly bacon if desired.

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