Cookin with The Columns: Life is just a bowl of cherries

Isn’t it funny how certain foods take you back to your childhood? On Mother’s Day, I decided to cook fried chicken because we weren’t going to eat together until dinner time.  I haven’t fried chicken in a couple of years!  It takes so long and isn’t especially good for you but it’s sooo good. 
Anyway, the whole meal I cooked reminded me of eating at my grandmother’s house.  There’s no telling how many chickens she fried in her lifetime (or in just my lifetime!).  I’m sure it’s not the only meal I ate at her house, but it’s certainly the one I remember best–fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, lima beans, macaroni and cheese, and homemade rolls.  So that’s what I cooked for Mother’s Day that day.  Such comfort food..made me feel like a little girl again. 

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This recipe today is something else from my childhood.  I remember my sister making tthis cake a lot when we were teenagers.  It was her favorite and is one of the few things I remember her cooking because she really didn’t like to cook very much.  But now she’s a great cook and may not even have this recipe any more.  So here it is, easy as cake!
CHERRY PIE CAKE
2 cans cherry pie filling
1/2 cup pecans
1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick margarine

Cut margarine into cake mix to look like crumbled pie crust.  Save 1 cup for topping.  Spread rest in bottom of greased 9×12 pan.  Pour pie filling on top.  Put remaining cake mix/margarine and pecans on top.  Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

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