Red Raspberries

November 23, 2009 · 14 comments · Print This Post

in Maine, Nostalgia, Pink Things

Red Raspberries

I’m feeling a little nostalgic this evening after arriving home to find a very sweet Thanksgiving card from my grandmother. I wont be with her for this holiday but I will see her in a few weeks at Christmas time. This means I’ll miss her annual roasting of an enormous turkey in the wood cook stove and of course her “Turkey Cookies.” Before you shudder in horror let me assure you that these aren’t some sort of bizarre Atkins Diet baked good. Turkey Cookies are simply Sugar Cookies shaped like a turkey. I fondly recall making an enormous batch of these treats when I was little. We would frost each turkey with chocolate icing, then shakily draw on yellow feet, feathers, and a tiny red gobble. I feel the need to explain the cookies as I’ve received more than one odd look in the past when I’ve expressed missing “turkey cookies” at this time of year.

Red Raspberries

An additional treat that I ate an equally abundant amount of at my Grandmother’s house was a simple dish of freshly picked red raspberries with a splash of milk and a spoonful of sugar. Many years ago my grandmother had a large patch of wild raspberries that grew next to her house. Each summer we would pick heaping bowls of sweet jewel colored berries and I would eagerly fill a little tin cup over and over again while I pretended to be Laura Ingalls Wilder. Then we would go inside and I would sit at the coffee table in the living room while my grandmother would make a dainty dish of berries for me in a pretty glass dish. After we finished our treat we always let the cats, Tippy and Ginny, lick the bowls.

Raspberries are unfortunately very dear at this time of year but if you happen to have the opportunity I absolutely urge you to splurge on a purchase and bring a little of that summer sunshine back into the dark winter days.

Red Raspberries

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1 Monica H November 24, 2009 at 12:38 am

What a sweet story. I hope you and your grandmother can catch up at Christmastime.

I knew what you meant when you said tirkey cookies because I just ordered some that I’m using as place cards this year. they are too cute!

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2 Hänni November 24, 2009 at 9:05 am

What an elegant, simple (and gorgeous) dessert. I found myself wishing for raspberries just last week when I whipped up a gorgeous cranberry sauce–I thought the raspberries would be a nice addition.

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3 Lindsey@pickyeatings November 24, 2009 at 9:44 am

I love the part about turkey cookies…they must have been so much fun to make!

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4 Jennifer November 24, 2009 at 9:59 am

I wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder too! ;) These memories are adorable and I bet those cookies are as well. Happy Thanksgiving, my dear.

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5 Valérie November 24, 2009 at 11:06 am

Fond memories of childhood always seem to pop up around this time of year, don’t they?

Those raspberries look delightful. I confess that one of my winter splurges, when I’m all depressed from the cold and the lack of sunlight, is to get a pack of incredibly expensive fresh raspberries. But that’s only for emergencies!

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6 Lys November 24, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Those pics are gorgeous Erin – very summery in contrast to the dreary look outside of my window in Philly …

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7 Susie November 24, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Lovely story. I ofte indulge if they look nice & plump. Just watching my little guy eat them and have red juice dripping down his chin is worth it.

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8 wummy November 24, 2009 at 3:25 pm

You both always ate your raspberries that way. What a nice memory!!

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9 Dani November 24, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! (And Chris, Watson & Dexter!)

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10 Sues November 24, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Nothing brightens up winter like a bowl full of raspberries! This is such a sweet post :) Happy Thanksgiving!

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11 Maria November 25, 2009 at 10:55 am

The perfect treat! Happy Thanksgiving!

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12 Reagan November 25, 2009 at 12:25 pm

What wonderful memories! Hope you have a great holiday.

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13 nithya at hungrydesi November 25, 2009 at 1:41 pm

I’ve never eat raspberries like that with milk. What a great memory! And I’m glad to hear that turkey cookies aren’t some weird, savory meat cookie :)

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14 emily November 25, 2009 at 5:02 pm

my grandma made me “raspberries, cream, and sugar” too. :)

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