Yes Ma’am – where’d that come from?
Our grandmother Frances Anna McDougal Summers gave her firstborn (my uncle Ralph) a cookie
when he was five years old dressed in full cowboy attire, to which he responded in his best cowboy voice, “Thank you, ma’am.” So 20 years later, when that little cowboy became a daddy and asked her what she wished to
be called as a gramma, she responded without hesitation, “Have the grandchildren call me Ma’am.” Subsequently, EVERYONE
called her Ma’am. She’s remembered as a great cook and gardener and an innovative, optimistic generous, resourceful erudite, Southern Belle. Thus the moniker to this section: YES, MA’AM!
Back in the 50’s, she developed her own style and created formulas for failsafe delectables such as Rose Jelly and Violet Jelly, before anyone else had ever heard of such a thing. She was a master waffle-maker, a candy aficionado, and the finest baker of masterpiece cakes that ever was. As my Ma’am would say, “for pity sakes” let’s get cookin’!
Each week we’ll be dishin’ out one of Ma’am’s recipes and will feature it on our home page.