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Trifecta Week 66: Nana’s Kitchen

I like this week’s Trifecta Challenge. Don’t get me wrong, I actually like them all. Maybe because it’s Monday and we spent a lovely day eating with friends after church yesterday, or maybe it was the beautiful morning sky, but something about this week’s prompt simply resonated.

DOCTOR (noun)

a: an eminent theologian declared a sound expounder of doctrine by the Roman Catholic Church —called also doctor of the church
b: a learned or authoritative teacher
c: a person who has earned one of the highest academic degrees (as a PhD) conferred by a university
d: a person awarded an honorary doctorate (as an LLD or Litt D) by a college or university
a: a person skilled or specializing in healing arts; especially:one (as a physician, dentist, or veterinarian) who holds an advanced degree and is licensed to practice
b: medicine man
I decided to go for a simple 33-word piece I call “Nana’s Kitchen:”

Nana’s kitchen always smelled like country living at its best; no store-bought fake food here. Apple pies, pear tarts, blackberry jam, Hoppin’ John: she used everything from her garden to doctor each recipe.


  1. deanabo February 25, 2013 6:18 pm

    I really like this one!

    • AR Neal February 25, 2013 6:20 pm

      Thank you, Deana! It brought back a lot of memories 🙂

  2. Sandra February 25, 2013 8:02 pm

    This totally reminds me of my own grandma’s kitchen. Good one.

    • AR Neal February 25, 2013 8:06 pm

      Thank you, Sandra! I think there are a few of us with grandmothers whose kitchens were like this!

      • Sandra February 25, 2013 8:12 pm

        A generation being lost. My kitchen only smells microwave heated frozen meals!

        • AR Neal February 25, 2013 8:18 pm

          Very true! I wish I’d paid attention to my grandmother’s recipes when I was younger; however, most of the time it was “a dash” of this and “some” of that…doctoring at its best!

  3. Tara R. February 25, 2013 9:27 pm

    Sounds like my grandma’s kitchen too.

    • AR Neal February 25, 2013 11:17 pm

      🙂 Thanks, Tara!

  4. joetwo February 25, 2013 11:03 pm

    Yuuummm! I can taste those pies! 🙂

    • AR Neal February 25, 2013 11:18 pm

      Hahahaha! I would love to have one of her blackberry cobblers right about now!

  5. kz February 26, 2013 12:21 am

    mmmmn!! Nana’s kitchen sounds like a place i wanna spend some time in!

    • AR Neal February 26, 2013 12:29 am

      🙂 Absolutely!

  6. Draug419 February 26, 2013 1:36 am

    Pear tarts sound delicious, as does this piece!

    • AR Neal February 26, 2013 1:55 am

      Thank you! I miss her, and her cooking. It was an honor to write this piece!

  7. jannatwrites February 26, 2013 1:53 am

    This is nostalgic…it reminds me of my grandma in my younger years when she was a master in the kitchen.

    • AR Neal February 26, 2013 1:56 am

      So true, Janna! No one out rules grandmom in her domain!

  8. tedstrutz February 26, 2013 2:46 am

    I’d love me some Hoppin’ John right now…

    • AR Neal February 26, 2013 3:24 am

      Ha! It seems nobody makes it like the old folks 🙂

  9. lacey February 26, 2013 10:39 am

    I had a Nana I loved too!

    • AR Neal February 26, 2013 3:25 pm

      Nothing like a Nana, Lacey!

  10. ramblingsfromamum February 26, 2013 11:10 am

    Bring back the days of old, when cooking in the kitchen meant family gathering around the tables chopping and helping, now it’s a case of “It’s in the freezer – microwave for 10 minutes”.

    • AR Neal February 26, 2013 1:52 pm

      That is so true, Jenny! I spent Saturday cooking for a church event and I thought about that…messy kitchen, real food smells, we are missing that!

  11. Eugene Uttley February 26, 2013 2:45 pm

    Cool – never heard of Hoppin John before. Sounds hearty.

    • AR Neal February 26, 2013 3:22 pm

      It’s a simple dish and yes, very hearty! Old-time Southern folks knew how to make some yummy things out of very little, and this was one of those dishes. So glad to see there are still recipes for it. Here’s another favorite that my Nana used to make: http://www.food.com/recipe/grandmas-apple-brown-betty-140438

  12. Kelly Garriott Waite (@kgwaite) February 26, 2013 4:32 pm

    Great descriptions – I will be trying those recipes…As soon as we’re in our new house.

    • AR Neal February 26, 2013 4:35 pm

      Thank you, Kelly! Feel free to invite some Trifectans over to help you–it seems there are a few of us, yearning to get back in the kitchen! 🙂

  13. KymmInBarcelona February 26, 2013 8:34 pm

    I could use one of those right now. Sweet piece!

    • AR Neal February 26, 2013 8:52 pm

      Thank you, Kymm!

  14. barbara February 27, 2013 3:54 am

    memories of grandma’s kitchen . . . the best. 🙂

    • AR Neal February 27, 2013 4:32 am

      Amen, Barbara!

  15. Bee February 27, 2013 2:44 pm

    A sweet vignette!

    • AR Neal February 27, 2013 3:18 pm

      Thank you, Bee!

  16. Katie February 27, 2013 5:43 pm

    After reading some of these, I caught my error-verb rather than noun and had to do a slight re-write. This was helpful to me and good to boot.

    • AR Neal February 27, 2013 6:53 pm

      {curtsies awkwardly} Glad to help, Katie!

  17. El Guapo February 27, 2013 6:59 pm

    A great, natural use of the prompt!

    • AR Neal February 27, 2013 7:06 pm

      Thank you so much (and I love the name El Guapo!)…

      • El Guapo February 27, 2013 7:07 pm


  18. Tasneem February 27, 2013 7:00 pm

    Nicely done! It made me hungry though. And now I miss my grandma’s baking.

    • AR Neal February 27, 2013 7:07 pm

      Thank you, Tasneem…I miss my Nana every day!

  19. Sam Edge (@Edgeyy66) February 27, 2013 10:53 pm

    home sweet home

    • AR Neal February 27, 2013 10:54 pm

      Very true, Sam!

  20. Renee February 28, 2013 6:02 pm

    Love this! I still tend to add dashes and smidgins of whatever sounds, or smells, good at the moment.

    • AR Neal February 28, 2013 6:07 pm

      I don’t think cooking any other way is legal 🙂

  21. christina February 28, 2013 6:04 pm


    • AR Neal February 28, 2013 6:08 pm

      Thank you, Christina!

  22. Tina March 1, 2013 1:15 am

    Nanas are always good at doctoring everything, aren’t they?

    • AR Neal March 1, 2013 2:01 am

      Without a doubt!

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