Pancakes and Chocolate Gravy is dedicated to my grandma, Nina Marie Welch, and the generations of women that came before her, and those of us that followed. So many things are passed from mother to daughter – one thing Grandma passed on was the importance of family and the beauty of a shared meal together. Even when times were hard (and they frequently were) you knew you were loved when you sat down at Grandma’s table.

My grandma passed away in 1993 – the same year that my daughter was born. Nearly 20 years later, her absence is still felt as strongly as her love is remembered. I wish my daughter could have had the opportunity to know her. I wish that I could have known her better…and this is my attempt to do so.