NATIONAL HOMEMADE BREAD DAY IS NOVEMBER 17, 2011

NATIONAL HOMEMADE BREAD DAY IS NOVEMBER 17, 2011

A lot of people have never made a loaf of bread
(discounting something frozen that you just pop
into the oven).

My mother made two large loaves of bread twice a week,
in roasting pans, when we were all young children.
I don’t think we ever tasted store-bought bread
and sometimes I was envious of the children
who brought peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
made from Wonder Bread while we—poor things!
—ate sandwiches made from homemade bread.

I am reminded of the words to a song
…“You don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone…”
– my mother has been gone eleven years
but her mind was gone long before that.
Her loaves of homemade bread –
when an end crust cut off while it was hot,
and slathered with butter, was a special treat
if you happened to be the child in the kitchen
at the time—
are simply a memory
in the minds of her children.

I make homemade bread, too—
and not just with a bread machine.
I love the smell of a homemade loaf of
bread baking in the oven.

–Sandra Lee Smith

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4 responses to “NATIONAL HOMEMADE BREAD DAY IS NOVEMBER 17, 2011

  1. I make homemade bread at least once a week – although I won’t be making it today. I usually bake over the weekend. My mother and both grandmas made wonderful yeast bread.

  2. Sandra Whetstone

    LOVCING READING YOUR KITCHEN CHATTER I HAVE NAMED IT. SO GOT A RECIPE YOU WOULD SHARE?

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