This past Thanksgiving if fell to me to cook the dinner for my parents…I’ve worked the system for well over half a century so I suppose it was about time!
Anyway, as I was making the cornbread for the dressing it dawned on me that I had never asked Mom about the grease even though I have made my cornbread just as she does for my entire life.
Now, I don’t know how your mom did it, but mine would take the skillet and put a dab of grease in it. Then she would put the pan in the oven for it to hear and the grease would melt.
When Mom took the pan out of the oven, she always swirled the grease around to completely cover the pan. Once that was done, she took the excess grease (if there was some, and there usually was) and stirred it into her batter.
This year it dawned on me to wonder if the batter actually needed that grease or if it was just an easy place to put the little bit that was left over from greasing the skillet.
I’m sure it sounds like a silly question, but it is one I would always wonder about were I not lucky to still have my mother here to ask.
According to Mom, the batter needs the grease, and maybe it does. However, I’d be willing to bet that whoever taught her to make cornbread did it that way, and so she carried on the tradition without ever really thinking about it!
Of course, it doesn’t really matter about the grease, but I hope you get my point. We will wonder about even the tiniest thing once those we know and love are not here to answer the questions that we forget to ask.