Author Anita Higman & Magic in the Kitchen Or Taste Buds Doing the Tango

Anita Higman

My guest today is author Anita Higman who is going to share her mother’s sort of recipe. Anita will also offer a giveaway (US ONLY) of her latest novel through a drawing to one commenter so be sure to look for the QUESTION below. Here’s Anita:

Magic in the Kitchen

The Breitling side of our clan never got into the habit of writing down their special family recipes. The passing down of these culinary delights from generation to generation became more of an “oral tradition”—pun intended. 🙂  I learned how to make various ethnic dishes from watching and listening as my mother did her magic in the kitchen.

One such magic trick

was her creamed cucumbers, which came from our German heritage. It was a simple dish—the cukes swam mostly in a bath of half and half and vinegar—but they were also creamy and zesty and perfect as a side dish during the holidays.

Now that I’ve got your taste buds doing the tango,

you may want this recipe, right? Sorry. I still don’t have it. Even my own kids had to learn how to make this dish by watching me do my kitchen magic rather than just getting a recipe card. Yes, the dish might turn out a little differently each time, but that is part of the delight. And as an added bonus, we discovered that this oral tradition fosters comradery in the kitchen too!

For those of you who must give this tangy treate a try,

just google the words “creamed cucumbers,” and I promise you’ll find a plethora of recipes to choose from! And I think the grandmother in my latest novel, Summer’s List, passes on family recipes in just that way too. –Anita

Summer's List

To purchase, click here. Summer’s List


Life and love keep going awry for Summer Snow, until her grandmother sends her on an unexpected adventure with one Martin Langtree—a kind and quirky young man from Summer’s past. With Laney the Chihuahua along for the ride, a childhood friendship is rekindled, a romance is sparked, and mysteries are solved in one magical Texas summer. Will Summer strike out on love again, or will things finally go her way?

My family was just like Anita’s. I call it being a “pinch cook.” A pinch of this, taste, a pinch more—you get it. Here’s Anita’s QUESTION. Leave a comment to enter drawing.

 So what special family dish has been passed down to you in the same way as my creamed cucumbers?

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5 Responses to Author Anita Higman & Magic in the Kitchen Or Taste Buds Doing the Tango

  1. bn100 says:

    can’t think of any; don’t really cook

  2. Anita Higman says:

    Oh, wow, I read each of your comments, and boy am I hungry for some of these goodies. 🙂 It all sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing the memories.

    All the best!!!
    Anita Higman

  3. Susan Fletcher says:

    A pinch of this and a pinch of that – My Mom had a lot of these kind of recipes. The two that come to mind are homemade 1000 Island Dressing and homemade bbq sauce.
    Susan in NC

  4. Sunnie says:

    Lentil Soup. My mom has made this since I can remember and it’s very good and there is no “real” recipe either.

  5. Mama’s Dressing is my answer to your comment. Usually it was served with a plump baking Hen. Roasted to perfection in the slow oven, with a butter crisp coating, the dressing was prepared then placed around the Hen for about an hour, or an hour and a half to a larger amount. It never had a recipe either. But it always tasted delicious and was browned without a lid the last 15 min. This made the top of the dressing brown and crisp also, with all the juiciness below. Thanks for drawing out this memory.