Your Mom's Cooking
What is the one thing you cook that no matter how hard you try, it never taste as good as the way that mom used to make it?
In Canada, there's a Jewish cookbook called Second Helpings, Please, which must be over fifty years old. Been reprinted a dozen or so times and it's virtually guaranteed to be in every single Ashkenazi Jewish Canadian household there is.
My mother who died from breast cancer in 2000, had a Second Helpings specialty- she made the apple cake, but somehow, she either substituted or added rye whiskey into the mix. Canadian Club, always. She added a lot of it, too- the cake reeked of rye and brown sugar and apples, soaked into the spongy cake. I've tried to make the same damn cake a half-dozen times and can only come close.
I miss that cake.
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