Jesse and her frybread

Jesse and her frybread

Grandma Sally Rackliff

Grandma Sally Rackliff

Jesse made Indian tacos for a school project tonight. She has to do a “how-to” speech and chose tacos as her subject. We were her test subjects as she made frybread and all the fixins for the first time. As the family’s resident food critic and gourmand (no, that isn’t Cherokee for “fat boy”), I must say that the Indian tacos were a rousing success. We used a recipe for frybread, Cherokee style from the tribal cookbook and made the toppings with vegetarian “hamburger” meat (Jesse is from the Cherokee counterculture movement…). The part that made me proudest was that Jesse used a cast-iron skillet that once belonged to her Great-Grandma Sally Rackliff, a proud Cherokee woman and wonderful cook.

* osda = good in Cherokee. Mmmm Mmmmm = Mmmmm Mmmmm in Cherokee