My grandmother, Marietta lived next door to me and whenever I was bored I would go to her house and check in with her…to see what she was cooking or to just play cards.
This particular day I came upon Marietta sitting in her rocking chair crocheting yet another odd colored afghan, she always got her wool on sale, and you could tell!
What happened to your wrist?
The &%^*! driver of the senior bus took a sharp turn, and I fell and broke it.
The next time I saw my grandmother she was playing pinochle with some of her Italian friends. They had roasted chestnuts and she was cracking them with her cast. I was horrified when I saw her doing this.
What are you doing? Pointing to her wrist.
Her reply, Well, at least it's a gooda for something!
I'm not sure if using your cast as a nutcracker is a good way to heal a fracture… but my grandmother was a very practical woman who loved chestnuts.
As soon as the weather got cold my family always roasted chestnuts, and we loved just eating them out the shell, still warm from the oven.
I never thought to make soup with them. I have to say, the light nutty flavor of chestnuts combine with the sweetness of Autumn pears is a fantastic combination. I used fresh rosemary as the top note to this luscious cold weather soup. Rosemary was a wonderful counter flavor to the earthiness of the chesnuts… really delicious.
Click on here for an adaptation of this Pear Chestnut Soup, but for the real deal I highly recommend putting, Around My French Table on your holiday gift list. You will not regret buying this cookbook.
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