This is a photo from my wedding taken by Meg Carswell Reilley. Find her awesome work here.
My favorite person on the planet died yesterday. Don’t get me wrong I love my husband, but no one can replace your grandmother. My heart just hurts. She was 91, and worn out. I know people are not supposed to live forever. It’s just some people are hard to say goodbye to. And to be honest, I am still in a bit of shock. I know that as the days tick by I will notice little every day habits and thoughts that were born out of the huge impact she had on me. I know that I will greet those observations with lots of tears and heaps of gratitude.
Look at that picture. Is she not just ridiculously cute? I am so grateful that I was able to see her at Christmas. I only wish I would have taken pictures.
A part of me wants to fill this post with all the memories and little tidbits. But instead I give you my favorite recipe I learned from her. It was the meal that was always waiting for us when we arrived at her apartment in New Orleans for Christmas. It fills your house with such an awesome smell that I will always associate with wonderful visits with Granny at Christmas time.
Marietta’s Pork Roast
- Boston butt pork roast (about 5lbs or so, does not matter if it is bone in or not)
- 1 whole head of garlic, cloves separated and peeled
- Garlic powder
- Salt and Pepper
Place pork roast in a small roasting pan, fatty side up. Cut lots of little slits into the top of the roast at least 1.5 inches deep. I usually smash the garlic cloves with the side of a knife (if you do it before peeling, it makes peeling easier) salt and pepper the cloves and stuff one or two into each slit in the roast. Generously sprinkle the top of the roast with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Place in a 300degree oven. Cook approx 45min-1hour/lb until fork tender and much of the fat is cooked away (start checking it at the 3.5 hour mark). Remove from the oven , cover tightly let rest for 20 minutes be for slicing or shredding.
Marietta served this with Red Beans and Rice and salad.