Things I learned in 2011
Jan. 4, 2012 10:25 pm
Updated: Jan. 5, 2012 4:41 pm
Most recently, I learned that while I was convinced most of my life that black eyed peas taste like MUD, that they don't have to - when properly prepared. Ok, telling me that doesn't help a whole lot, unless you give the a recipe to make them "right!"
The batch I made for Denise's party were definately a hit! Personally, I had two small bowls!
Next, I've learned that I do indeed like the flavors of cayenne pepper, and red pepper sauce, BUT only in moderation. There is indeed a big difference between 3 alarm fire, and "taste!"
I've also been working on my "Alphabet Soup" project, and am cooking my way through the alphabet - but all soups. I'm up to the letter "K" which kind of threw me for a loop. I'd even consulted 3 friends, but we came up rather dry, with the exception of Kale,
or Kohlrabi... that was, until a reader here at AR suggested Knoephla... I'd never heard of it of course, nor did I find a recipe here at AR (not at the time it was suggested anyway.) Apparently there are many variations of ingredients, but I did choose
a recipe I found on the net, and will be making it shortly. Thus far, I've printed all of the recipes I've used, and am keeping them in a binder along with my "tentative" list form A thru Z. I've enjoyed not only trying new soups, but the challenge of finding
suitable soups to prepare. Most have been and will be soups that I've never prepared, and many that I've never even eaten! Borscht, for instance... When I did dig into a bowl, I forgot to add the sour cream, but enjoyed it regardless! There have been some
though that I'll never make again, at least without tailoring the ingredients to my personal tastes!
I've also learned that I can take two or three recipes, pick what sounds best from each, and whip up a dish that is quite appetizing - to me, anyway...
The most important lesson I've learned this past year... I'm always going to be CrazyCook! Expect no more, nor any less! Crazy is, as Crazy does! My shrink may not agree... but she only knows what I share with her!
Meantime, be well all, be happy, be healthy and be crazy as you want to be! I hope the New Year treats us all well!