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So Many Recipes, So Little Time 
Apr. 15, 2013 7:50 am 
Updated: Apr. 17, 2013 8:28 am
Here I sit amongst numerous boxes from dear Mother's house.  They actually made it to Idaho from California before my plane even landed and was able to make the drive home.  Kudos to those brown trucks and cargo carriers!  As heartbreaking and emotional as it was, my sister and I forged our way through the tears and managed to burst out laughing and giggling as we uncovered items that sparked our childhood memories.  There were so many boxes and drawers full of photos. As organized as Mother was, it became apparent that the job was going to be more daunting than we expected.

To my chagrin, out popped a Polaroid of me as a toddler.  I was on the kitchen floor smiling from ear to ear!  There I sat with the cupboard doors wide open (the ones under the counter and range), and had every pot and pan pulled out.  I had managed to pull out all of the spice tins as well.  If only I could have reached for that refrigerator door!  Who knows what I would have come up with? Oh my, did I get a kick out of that.  At such a young age it was quite obvious there was a culinary spark that had ignited and never extinguished.  

Several of the heavy boxes contain the line share of cookbooks that Mother collected over the years. Their the good old-fashioned ones, when recipes were simple.  Do you remember that the portions were much smaller and balanced?  There always seemed to be room for dessert back in those days. A cake was an eight inch two-layer treat.  Not four or five huge layers piled upon several inches of fillings and frostings.  Granted, money seemed a little more tight. The grocery budget only went so far. But I do remember that there weren't as many health problems due to overeating as there are nowadays.

With so many recipes, will I ever get the time to try them all?  The plan is to go to the marked pages first. Obviously those must have been favorites.  Of course, in true realization I don't know of anyone who has ever made every single recipe out of one cookbook.  Except for in the movie Julie and Julia.

Spring is starting to arrive.  I'm in a quandary as to how much time I can devote to my cooking whims.  The perennials are popping up, the grass is growing, and those glorious weeds are extolling their invasion fast and furious.  There is so much to stay on top of this time of year.  But darn it, I want to get my nose into those recipes!  I'll just have to take a tip from Martha.  

Out comes the calendar and day planner so I can carve out time to get everything accomplished. The pages are calling for me!

Apr. 15, 2013 8:35 am
Hello Cyn, I was so excited to see you had an "update" on your site! While I'm not a participator in AR as a cook, I've found your recipes to be not only beautifully photographed, but amazingly delicious! And...your writing skills to bring a picture into one's mind is simply joyful! You have definately joined some awesome talent on AR! Good Luck with your juggling of cooking and getting your Spring-time planting taken care of! Until later, Bon Appetite and Happy Gardening! Thank You for so many smiles!
Apr. 15, 2013 9:12 am
So sorry for the loss of your mother. I hope happy memories return each time you cook from your mothers books.
Apr. 15, 2013 11:27 am
Nice post! I could see you and your sister sitting together giggling over the treasures you were finding. Maybe you won't get every recipe made, but I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun doing your best!
Apr. 15, 2013 11:45 am
So sorry for the loss of your mother.
Apr. 15, 2013 1:02 pm
Isn't it amazing how happy memories can make an onerous task lighter? I am sure you will have wonderful memories every time you peruse one of those cookbooks.
Apr. 16, 2013 5:33 am
I was given a large amount of my Grandma's cook books and I have my Mom's as well and they are the pride of my collection. I use a good many of them often and the rest I have read like I was reading Shades of Grey ( Never read it ). Enjoy the books and happy spring to you.
Apr. 16, 2013 6:03 am
For those of us who were blessed to have such wonderful mothers remember how the kitchen was the heart of the family. So many of the memories made were from that favorite cookbook with the spattered stains on the pages of the recipes used most often. Thanks everyone for your kind words of support. Happy Spring to all!
Apr. 17, 2013 6:59 am
I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I hope the memories of her will warm your heart. I inherited cookbooks from my mom and MIL. Some of the cookbooks are intriguing with recipes to cook squirrel.
Apr. 17, 2013 8:28 am
Thank you Lela. There were things they cooked back then that were considered to be common. Now we look at some of those recipes and go "huh?" Intriguing, indeed.
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About Me
It brings me a lot of pleasure experimenting and improving on my cooking and baking skills. It's something I take pride in. I'm a canine mom, and raise backyard chickens ("my girls")for entertainment and the wonderful eggs they produce. Growing up, I really wasn't allowed much in the kitchen except to wash or dry the dishes. Occasionally my mother would let me help her bake Toll House chocolate chip cookies. When I left home I was armed with a skillet and a slow cooker. I now enjoy my repertoire of pots and pans, mixers and food processor, several small appliances, and a variety of unique casserole and serving dishes. In addition to cooking, I'm a collector of antiques and love to pull together interesting mixes of linens, fine china and silverware at the dinner table. In the summer time, I move my cooking outside to the grill and spend a lot of time on my back covered patio. It's a great gathering place for friends and family.
My favorite things to cook
Any type of holiday cooking and baking, especially between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Mexican cuisine is regular fare at our house. In the winter, I bake a lot of casseroles and slow cooked roasts. In the summer time, I always cook steaks, burgers, chicken and ribs outside on the grill. I also love to bake desserts. Cheesecakes are my specialty.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up in a small family, just me, my sister, Mom and Dad. We rarely had anyone else at the dinner table, so most occasions were just the four of us. My Dad loved to cook out on the grill, and made one mean burger. His were the best! Always done to perfection. Juicy on the inside, slightly charred on the outside. And he always went to the local bakery for fresh buns. So now, I am known for making the killer hamburgers. I fondly refer to them as "Eddie Burgers", and they never disappoint.
My cooking triumphs
I think the biggest triumph is when it gets REALLY quiet at the dinner table. The occasional "mm mm" or lip smacking are the greatest compliments. Clean plates followed by "when do you want to do this again?" top it all off. Mission accomplished!
My cooking tragedies
Oh my. I remember trying to impress my boyfriend at the time (now my DH) by inviting him to my place for a home cooked meal. I didn't want him to think that all I could do was boil water. After work, I went to the store and grabbed the latest copy of "Bon Appetit" and opened it to find a beautiful picture of Chicken Parmigiana. That's it! I thought. Okay, now to shop for the ingredients. With groceries in tow, I went to my apartment to begin the preparation. He was to arrive at 8 PM. It was now 7 PM, and had barely started. In reading the recipe, I was like "pound the breasts with what?" and when I finally had them dredged and ready to fry, the oil wasn't hot enough. It was disastrous. And my sauce burned to boot. When he knocked at the door and stepped in, he could see things were not going well for me. In a very kind way, he asked, "would you like to go out to dinner instead?". We ended up at a five star restaurant on the waterfront drinking wine and laughing. The rest is history!
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