"providing you with recipes to help make you the best cook in the neighborhood"

Cella's News

September 2004




Why do we wait 'til a person's gone
Before we tell their worth?
Why do we wait, why not tell them now
You are the finest on earth?

Why do we wait 'til a person's gone
To send them flowers galore,
When a single rose would have meant so much
If we'd taken it to the door?

Why do we wait 'til they cannot hear
The good things that we might say?
Why put it off, why not tell them now
And share in their joy today?

Of course, we're busy, that's our excuse
But why, oh why do we wait
To tell a person our love for them
Until it becomes too late? (Unknown)


If Your Mom is Getting Older
You Need to Get Her Recipes!!!

There's going to come a time in your mother's life where she isn't going to be able to cook for you the way she once did.  To me, it was a startling realization.  Last year my mom, at age 72, had triple-heart bypass surgery, a stroke, and surgery for trigeminal neuralgia.  I was used to driving from New York State to my mother's house in Pennsylvania, 100 miles away, and looked forward to eating the food that my mom had cooked for our dinner and supper.  She always had JelloŽ and deviled eggs on the menu.  It was a shock to realize that my mom was getting too old and worn out to continue this tradition.  I wasn't ready to see an empty table.

Last Christmas, I think mom felt that she had let her children down when for the very first time in her life she was unable to treat me and my four brothers and our families with her yearly gift of homemade Soft Sugar Cut-out Cookies, CarnationŽ Fudge, Peanut Brittle, Popcorn Balls, Peanut Butter Balls, and Cream Caramels.  I worked furiously the day before Christmas to provide those treats last year, not enough for gift giving, but enough for our family get together.  I didn't have the time or energy to make the popcorn balls.

My Mom's CarnationŽ Fudge Recipe

I noticed that as my mother aged, she slowly changed from cooking meals from scratch to buying more prepared meals, especially in the meat area.  Perhaps you have started to see this change in your own mom.  I didn't like this change.  I wanted my old mom back.

As my mom struggled with her health, she enjoyed going out to eat with her loved ones and friends.  She certainly deserved to be waited on.  It was good to see her eat.  I remember my concern for her when she was sick.  I would call her house to ask her what she had to eat for the day.  When she had the horrific pain in her face from the trigeminal neuralgia, she would only have black coffee and JelloŽ, or yogurt.  Her pain was so severe that she could hardly eat or talk.  It was a real answer to prayer for her to be able to eat without being in pain.  I was afraid that if she didn't get rid of the pain in her face and start eating that she would die of starvation.  I had to chuckle when my mom said that was gaining weight and needed to go on a diet.  My mom was going to make it.  She has slowed down her pace and walks with a cane, but that's okay. 

When you find yourself getting impatient at the slowness of old people in the store, stop and think.  Be glad that they are still here on this earth to get in our way.  They are someone's loved one.

If your mother is getting old and changing the way she cooks, don't forget to get her recipes.  Some times they aren't written down.  I have 23 of my mom's recipes.  When my mom can no longer cook, I can cook for her.

Twenty-three of my mom's recipes are in Cella's Cookbook http://cellascookbook.com

Marcella Stockin "providing you with recipes to help make you the best cook in the neighborhood"

Cathy Warner Shares Her Mother's Recipes

Cathy Warner sent me some of her mom's recipes to share with you.  The links for the recipes are below.  Her mother, Clara Wyraz Zilich passed away at the age of 62.  Clara was born and raised in Lackawanna, New York and loved to bake.  She was very good at it according to Cathy.  Cathy's grandparents were from Warsaw, Poland.  Grandpa was the cook in the family.  Cathy started cooking when she was 12.  She took over making the meals and enjoyed cooking and baking like grandpa.

I spent an hour and a half one night making the Pierogies recipe Cathy gave me.  I made the mashed potato and Chedder cheese one and sauerkraut.  I liked the sauerkraut one the best, fried in butter and onions until browned, served with sour cream.  The cherry squares have a lattice crust and frosting drizzled over them.  You will be surprised to know that the German Cookies, a butter cookie filled with your favorite jam and sprinkled with confectioners sugar has boiled egg yolks in the dough.  These recipes are some of Cathy's favorites.

Cherry Squares

Clara Zilch's Apple Cake

Clara Zilch's Cheese Cake

German Cookies

Sour Cream Pierogi Dough and Fillings

Barb Andrews Shares Her Mother's Pennsylvania Dutch Recipes

Barb Andrews' mother, Florence Davidson, was from Pennsylvania Dutch background.  She lived in Wellsville, Whitesville, Hunt, and Sandusky in New York State.  Florence died in 1992.  She had both of her legs amputated because of Addison's disease.  As Barb's mom grew older, she continued to cook pretty much the same way, she just scaled down her recipes.  Florence was always willing to feed anyone that stopped in.  She kept her pantry overflowing.  Company might be served a meal of six or seven vegetables and no meat, but they went away well fed.  Florence capably decapitated and dressed her own chickens.  Barb said that mainly they ate pork because that is what they raised for meat and they ate what they had.  In the olden days, the meat was either boiled, baked, or fried.  It wasn't until Barb was a teenager that she had her first hamburger.  She said it was delicious.  Later when a store moved nearby, Florence was able to shop for a variety of foods.  The links for Florence Davidson's recipes are below.  Forty and fifty years ago people didn't have the food choices that they have today.  It is interesting that these old recipes are still the family favorites of the Andrews family.

Corned Beef Pot Pie

Hot Lettuce Sweet/Sour Sauce

Rivel Soup

For more great recipes, consider ordering Cella's Cookbook for your gift-giving needs for your family and friends.  Don't forget to order one for yourself today at  http://cellascookbook.com.