My Mom is a decent cook but very conservative and not adventurous at all. My Grandma was not adventurous and a bad cook... But a few things from Grandma I really liked, e.g. Milk soup with roasted bread, yeast dumplings with cooked dried fruit, green pea soup with ham, just very simple country cooking of people who grew up poor. As a kid, I remember my Grandma cutting me a slice of the large country loaf (maybe 20" in diameter) and she always used a small knife like the ones that are being discussed in Karring's thread. The bread was generously buttered and then she poured white sugar on it. When I was a little older, I preferred salt on it. And by the time I hung around local bars, the same rustic bread with schmaltz and salt was what got you through a night of heavy drinking. My Mom made one strange dish I happen to like, 'warm cucumber' which is basically a slightly thinner mashed potato with sour cream, thin slices of English cucumber, and rendered lardons of cured bacon. What's not to like?