Oh! My grandmother made the best chocolate cream pie with the biggest, lightest meringue -- and she made the cream base for the pie in a cast iron skillet. No one in the family bothered to write that recipe down.
She also made the best fudge frosting -- again in that same cast iron skillet. You could peel the frosting off the cake and it was like two desserts in one.
It's funny, during the summer she would slice open a cantaloupe, scoop out the seeds and pile vanilla ice cream in the middle. Everyone got a cantaloupe bowl of ice cream. I've tried to eat cantaloupe and ice cream since she died, and it just doesn't taste the same. Simply amazing.
I guess one reason why we never took the time to write her recipes down was because when she was in the kitchen, we were ALL in there, talking, laughing, with her ... having such a good time and thought those good times would last forever.
P.S.: Grandmother has been gone for 25 years, but Dad died 9 years ago -- I really miss his midnight Pepper Steaks. Although I have a recipe, they will never taste the same. And his Pecan Pie, Coca Cola Cake and Creamed Tuna on Toast.
Goodness, your question sure has stirred some fond memories .... and a few tears.