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Matriarchy: Made about 150 little cream puffs this morning, from a couple batches of Eunice's Choux Pastry recipe. Now I am waiting for the custard to cool, so I can fill them for a memorial service this afternoon. Out late friend apparently loved the puffs I made for a church event a few years ago, so her daughter asked me to make some for the reception after the service. RIP, Isabelle - bet they serve cream puffs every day, wherever you are.
8 years ago
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Eunice : my grandmother taught me how to make the cream puffs. she passed away last December and i think of her every time i make them. so to think that it's made in commemoration of someone else...i'm getting weepy typing this.
8 years ago
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Matriarchy: It was a lovely service for a beautiful woman who mothered many people and was universally loved. She and I were on the board at our church. People sang and read poetry and shared stories. I found out that she got her a pilot's license when she was 16 - in 1939. She died in April at 86, and it took until now for her family to feel that they could handle a memorial service. It was well worth your grandmother's cream puffs (and getting up at 6am to make them). I made two batches of small puffs - only took 22-24 minutes to cook. I let the custard cool while I went to church, then came back and filled the puffs with a pastry syringe right before the service, so they would not be soggy. Everyone loved them, even though the competition was tough. Isabelle was known for her pie, and her family members brought lots of it. I am getting Isabelle's recipe for very good Shoo Fly Cake. I love having recipes from people I know - it's a memory I can visit over and over again.
8 years ago
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Eunice : i hope that in my mumbling weepiness, it didn't come off as disapproval on my part. rereading my post, i can see that it might have sounded that way. i'm so glad that the cream puffs were used for her memorial and proud! and it was beautiful that everybody else contributed with recipes for which she was known. this is a testament to the love that your friend inspired in people. you are so right! there's something special about recipes from people you know and love, especially from those who are no longer are here for you to share the bounty with. my heartfelt condolences to your friend's family and friends. my grandma struck quite a figure in our huge family and going back to visit...it's just not the same. so the fact that a recipe that brings so such a flood of memories to me is used to commemorate somebody else's great life, did cause me to be weepy, but only because of the appropriateness that it was used that way, to memorialize somebody who is greatly missed and still dearly loved.
8 years ago
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Matriarchy: Oh no - I did not read disapproval in your message. Just giving you more details to weep over. :-)
8 years ago
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Eunice : thanks for the details!
8 years ago

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