Growing up, Grandma Scardine would prepare fresh pasta and Brajoile (pronounced Brajole) with the Thanksgiving bird. The tenderness and flavor of the meat with the fresh sauce was amazing! Garlic and parsley would get stuck in our teeth. At Christmastime, we would have fried calamari and the sauce would include “the rings of calamari also.” I remember watching Grandma while the onion and garlic cooked, she would place the squid bodies on a cutting board and cut across each squid to make rings. The aroma in her home lingered throughout. Such a feeling of comfort and family!
My mom would prepare green bean casserole with small, cubed pieces of sharp cheddar cheese and toasted slivered almonds. The stuffing would have fresh giblets, celery and onions, where she would attach that hand-turned grinder to the kitchen table and the goodies would fall into this beautiful yellow bowl, before it was mixed together with fresh dried bread, broth and herbs.
Now, for dessert: Fresh pie and raspberry pretzel salad. Oh my goodness, the thought of another bite would take me to another level. However, one could not miss out on dessert. We would have homemade pumpkin pie with whipped topping, strawberry-rhubarb and cherry pie with vanilla ice cream. Now that was a culinary experience.
Goods from the Garden is gearing up to offer another food concept: “Amazing Pies,” celebrating all things pie. Chef Justin leads our baking department. He brings a whole new level of taste, presentation and the wow factor. Amazing Pies will feature sweet, savory, deconstructed pizza, hand pies and many other great varieties along with fresh ice cream.
Located directly across our Garden Event Center at the Prescott Gateway Mall, you will be able to enjoy amazing pie throughout your day. We will be focusing on retail sales during the holidays and then after the start of the New Year, we will open up for lunch, take-out meals, retail items, pop-up dinners and special events.
The address is: Amazing Pies, 3250 Gateway Blvd. #424, Prescott, Arizona 86301. The phone number is 928-237-3214.
We look forward to our continued growth as we prepare for the next culinary adventure. Wishing you all the amazing family traditions in your homes.
Happy, healthy holidays to all! QCBN
By Debbie Maranville
Contact us at 928-237-3214 or email us: GoodsfromtheGarden@gmail.com.
Debbie Maranville is the co-owner of Goods from the Garden, Catering and Events and The Natural Healing Garden Massage and Wellness Center.