Aunt Faye, Granny Gazzie, and Granny
Aunt Faye was Granny’s oldest sister. She was the second born child of Gazzie and Charlie Jenkins-and she was their first child to live. Faye married Woodrow Rogers.
Faye and Woodrow were fixtures at Granny Gazzie’s house. They lived nearby, but as Granny Gazzie got older they stayed with her more and more. Pretty much anytime we ever visited Granny Gazzie they were there.
Granny’s father (Granny Gazzie’s husband) died when she was pregnant with me, so in my lifetime there was never a grandfather on the Jenkins side of my family. Well I should say there was never a grandfather in the strictest sense of the word, but there was a grandfather-it was Woodrow.
Since he and Aunt Faye stayed with Granny Gazzie I always thought of them as grandparents too. Woodrow was like the Papaw and Aunt Faye was like a slightly younger Granny Gazzie in my mind.
Aunt Faye always met us at the door with a hug, a smile, a kiss on the cheek, and a “How are you doll?”
I remember being shocked when she died suddenly.
The week before she died, Granny and I went out to visit-a thing I did less and less once I became a teenager.
I don’t remember how, but Granny convinced me to go with her out to Granny Gazzie’s on a weekday. I’m positive I drug my feet and went on about all the important teenage things I needed to do, but like always I enjoyed the trip once I got there.
As I sat in a chair and listened to them visit, Aunt Faye brought me a poem she’d cut out of the back of a local tv circular that used to come in the mail. She told me she really liked the poem and thought I would too. I still have the poem tucked away.
I’ve heard Pap say on more than one occasion “Faye Rogers was one of the finest women I ever knew.” Pap’s statement sums up all you need to know about Aunt Faye-other than she was a fantastic cook too.
Many of Granny’s hand written recipes say “Faye’s” at the top of the card. One of my favorite Aunt Faye recipes to make is her chocolate cream pie.
Cream pies are tasty for sure, but there’s something else about them. When I think of cream pies I think of comfort. I remember how excited I’d get when I came home from school and Granny had made cream pies. She almost always made 2 flavors when she was making them-one chocolate and one butterscotch.
Aunt Faye’s Chocolate Cream Pie
- 1 cup of sugar
- 3 tablespoons sifted flour (plain)
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/3 cup cocoa
- pinch of salt
- 3 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 egg yolks beaten (reserve egg whites for meringue)
- 1 prebaked pie crust
Mix sugar, flour, cornstarch, cocoa, and salt in a large pot. Gradually add milk while stirring constantly. Cook over medium heat until mixture begins to thicken. Stir mixture often to prevent scorching.
Once mixture has thickened, add a spoonful or two of it to the eggs to temper them. Add tempered eggs back to pot and stir until mixture is very thick. Stir in vanilla.
Remove mixture from heat and beat well. Aunt Faye said beating the mixture made the pie filling light and fluffy. Pour mixture into a prebaked 9 inch pie shell.
Use the 2 reserved egg whites to make meringue for the topping and brown it in the oven.
Place pie in refrigerator to chill…if you can resist eating it! As you can see from the photo we can’t resist cutting into the pie before it’s cooled. This recipe is one that firms up very nicely if you give it time to chill.