“Bubby Lily’s Thrifty Tips” is named for my Grandma Lilly who was a fantastic cook and nutritional force. Lillian Dachs Colbert was the first in her family to advocate for exercise, more fiber and vegetables in the diet. She used to tell everyone who would listen, “You have to eat bran”. Grandma Lilly had a full life, playing golf, making her yummy food and telling us all what to do. She passed at 101 years.
“Lisa, dear..” She would begin, as she showed me how to make the beds right, to save money, and to make her famous potato knishes. At the time I was a grumpy teenager, so I wasn’t so into it. Now, as a mom myself I want to know all that stuff. I doubt I could do it as well as she did, but I’m going to try.
This column will be a toolbox full of tricks for those of us who need to stick to the family budget, use more nutritious food, and make it more delicious, in other words, everyone! I am going to explore pickling, fermenting, drying and other means for preservation. I will write this column as if she were sitting next to me. I can hear her already, pursing her lips and whispering in my ear, “Are you really going to spend money on that?”