Mimi’s Brownies

8.17.10 § 7 Comments

I admit that going this long without a blog post has been irresponsible of me.  But I’ll also admit that after making an unexpected trip home to New Mexico to see an ailing grandmother (who I thankfully got to see before it was too late) and dealing with the aftermath of a death that rocked my family, I have not felt much like writing.  And although I have felt like cooking, I haven’t been doing much of that either.  Funny how food magically appears after a loved one dies.

Tomorrow, I’m heading back up to New York after the longest stay in my hometown for quite some time.  But tonight, before I leave, my mom and I have decided to whip up a batch of Mimi’s brownies.  While we weren’t able to find her recipe box (that is an unsolved mystery that I’m about to hire a private detective to sort out), my mom had her own handwritten copy of that well-loved recipe, which I grew up on.

The brownies are in the oven as I type, making the kitchen smell heavenly.  I think the thing that is the hardest to deal with is that mom and I will both get to eat two corner pieces—the ones my grandmother liked the best and that we all used to fight over.  I will always fight for the corner brownies.

Thanks Mimi, for teaching me that food is love.  And family.  You’ll be missed.


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§ 7 Responses to Mimi’s Brownies

  • DK says:

    Dearest T – so very, very sorry to hear about the loss of your grandmother, but glad you got to see her one last time…and that one way she’ll continue to be in your life is through your love of good food. Thanks for sharing this very poignant moment. Take care, and am sending out prayers for you and your mom.


  • I’m so sorry for your loss, Tyla. Glad to see you are back in the kitchen (and on the internet, of course) and hope you are able to find that recipe box!

  • Jen says:

    Food is love. Amen.

  • tyla, i am so sorry to hear about your grandma. my maternal grandmother passed away last year and it was, as expected, not easy. i’m sure she’d appreciate you and your mom celebrating her life as you’ve done here. hang in there and hunt down that recipe box!

  • Erica says:

    So sorry to hear about your grandma Tyla — she put up a good fight and I know how much you loved her. Sounds like you have some really great memories with her. Love you and hope your family is healing well

  • Gin says:

    Sending thoughts and warm wishes (not to mention lubs) to you and mom.

  • Rachel says:

    Aww honey, I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts to you and your family.

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