My grandmother is now helping me out with my cooking blog! We called her Mom Brooks. She passed away back in 1992, so you are probably wondering how she might be of help to me at this point. For about a year now, I have been looking for some old-fashioned silverware to use in my photos because the kind of super-shiny stainless steel silverware that is popular today doesn’t look right in pictures. A while back I found a fork on E-bay that works perfectly, and I have used it in a few of my pictures, but I can’t keep using that one fork, so I was trying to find some more. I continued looking on E-bay and in some antique stores, but with no luck. I finally gave up and bought something at the hardware store called “Dulling Spray” that is specifically made for photography. I was planning to use it on a few of my old pieces of silverware, and then I would just use them in photographs. After I bought it, I read the back of the can and found out the dulling stuff isn’t permanent. It rubs off. That sounded kind of messy, so I wasn’t sure I even wanted to try it.
Then last week I decided that I was going to photograph all of the items I own that used to belong to my ancestors. I am putting those photographs on a family history website I have called Family History Treasures. I have some pretty cool stuff, including an old Bible that belonged to my great, great, great grandmother who died back in 1875. Anyway, when I got to the box that contains my grandmother’s silverware, I carefully unwrapped it from the flannel casings that my mother made for it, and I immediately thought, “This is exactly the kind of silverware I’ve been looking for. It was right here in my house the whole time!” And it’s not just forks, but knives and spoons, and serving pieces, too!! And there are a few extra pieces that are different from the main set. It’s perfect for my photos! Here is the photo I took of the main set of silverware.
Now, every time I need to use a piece of silverware in a photo, I am going to use my grandmother’s. It’s a perfect way for me to use it, and every time I get it out, I will think about her. Yesterday I had the first opportunity to use it. That’s her serving spoon in the photographs of these potatoes. Thanks, Mom Brooks!
I love these potatoes. They are just chock full of flavor. Well, I’ll admit that I added more garlic to the original recipe. Yep, lots of garlic in this one! You’ll be using red potatoes, and they are not peeled, so the skins add some color and texture to the dish.
The recipe also calls for sea salt. Have you used it yet? I think it has more flavor than regular salt, so give it a try.
Recipe from Simply Delicious/Adapted by Winner Dinners
Serves about 8
4 pounds red potatoes
3 tablespoons garlic, minced
1 cup butter
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
2-1/2 teaspoons sea salt
Wash the potatoes and scrub them clean (do not peel). Cut into roughly 1-inch pieces. Place them in a pot and cover with water. Boil, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes, or until soft. Drain the potatoes in a strainer, then return them to the pot. Mash the potatoes with the remaining ingredients until smooth.