Jose Antonio Burciaga, in his Essay Tortillas

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Jose Antonio Burciaga, in his essay “Tortillas”, leads us to believe that tortillas actually helped to make him who he is (507). I am not convinced that banana pudding helped to mold me into the man I am today, but it definitely plays a big role in many of the memories I have made throughout my life. As far as my family is concerned, banana pudding is more than a desert; it is a reminder of family gatherings, loved ones, and days gone by.
Burciaga mentions the fact that he often got in trouble for playing with his tortillas (507). I did not get in trouble for playing with banana pudding, I got in trouble for eating too much of it. My Grandmother Spurlin, my dad’s mom, made the best banana pudding in the world. Anytime we had a reunion, celebration, or any other family gathering, she always made a banana pudding. My dad came from a large family, so you had to be quick to get some pudding or it would be gone. No matter how much she made, the pudding never lasted long.
It seems as though banana pudding most likely came from the English trifle. The trifle also had a similar combination of pudding, fruit, and cookies spread into layers. Bananas were a rare site prior to the Civil War. Then, cargo ships from the Caribbean began shipping them to the country through ports in New Orleans and Charleston. The fruit was quickly integrated into traditional custards and meringues, paving the way for the banana pudding we know and love today.
There are several different ways to make banana pudding. There are recipes that call for it to be cooked, and others that call for it to be refrigerated. The recipes vary from home made custards to simple puddings from a box. Some recipes call for the pudding to be topped with whipped cream,...

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...her that is missed, not the actual pudding, but somehow the pudding gives me a little piece of her. For now, the pudding will have to fill the void that was left when my grandmother passed away. One day, when I get to heaven, I know she will be waiting for me with that awesome banana pudding that I love so much, and a hug. It does not matter how good that banana pudding is; I am longing for the hug the most.
There are many different ways to make banana pudding, and almost all of them are good. But no matter how good they are, banana pudding will always be more than a dessert to my family; it is a reminder of family gatherings, loved ones, and days gone by.

Works Cited

Burciaga, Jose Antonio. “Tortillas.” Patterns for College Writing: A Rhetorical Reader and Guide. 12th ed. Ed. Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell. Boston: Bedford, 2012. 507-509. Print.

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