What you'll find here is a collection of recipes from my family or from the web that I've cooked, tweaked, screwed up, fixed, and eaten.
I'm not a "foodie," I'm a Mom.
I'm not a "chef," I'm a Cook.
I don't make "creations," I make Meals.
I don't "sterilize," my kitchen, I Clean it.
I don't "re-purpose food," I eat Left-overs.
(Although I can make some really interesting things with leftovers!)
My kitchen will never be seen on "Extreme Cooking," but will be remembered by my children and grandchildren.
I'm a Down-to-Earth Capricorn, Born on the East Coast, raised on the West Coast by a Texan-born Mother and a Southern cook of a Grandmother who made a point of telling everyone she cooked for the share-croppers when she was 9. I love to eat, I love to share food with my friends and family, and I love tinkering with recipes (in fact, I don't think I've hardly *ever* cooked one more than once without tinkering with it, honestly.) I even tinker with Hamburger Helper. In fact I rarely buy them anymore because I make them from scratch.
I rarely measure once I've made something a time or two, unless it's something really intricate like yeast breads, which hate me, or something where the chemistry is sensitive. When I try making homemade mayonnaise I'm thinking this is going to be the case. My friends say I'm stocking food for the Apocalypse, (they're right, lol,) and I tend to do so in very little space. I have food in the oddest of places in my home, like closets and under coffee tables. And I'll admit when I goof something up, although it irks me to mess up a recipe, and I'll usually find a way to salvage it, sometimes creating something really interesting and tasty along the way.
I have cooked for two (hubby and I) and I've cooked for over a hundred (SCA feasts.) Even when cooking for lots of people, I tend to cook on a shoe-string budget, although not always. I usually cook with rather easily found ingredients, so you probably won't be scrambling to some strange market for some obscure item you have to learn a foreign language to ask for. I think my favorite number to cook for is about 4-5, so that usually means we either have some leftovers or I have friends over... sometimes both, but rarely... I have a couple of sayings in my house:
- No one leaves hungry if they arrive during meals.
- "Tis an ill cook who cannot lick their own fingers." ~ Shakespeare
- Unless you are willing to do it my way instead of telling me your way, get out of my kitchen.
- I can make a meal out of almost anything.