Joanna's Anything Cooking
Feb. 25, 2011 6:37 am
Updated: Aug. 16, 2011 11:19 am
Welcome to my new blog. I have been cooking now for almost 40 years, starting at about the age of 10. My mom was a single parent as my father had died just after my 7th birthday. She worked hard every day, six days a week to provide for my sister and me.
I was the youngest and I guess "plagued" to be the "little caretaker" of the family. My mom would come home from work, so tired and yet had to get going on dinner. I was just about 10 and I began watching Graham Kerr, "The Galloping Gourmet" every afternoon
when I would get home from school. I found his cooking amazing and decided to pass it on to my mom and my sister by cooking dinner. I admit, the first 3-4 months was rather hilarious; the failures, the messes my mom would eventually need to clean up and then
the disapproving glances from my older sister as she would take her first bites. Eventually though, I did become a pretty good little cook. Dinner became an experience for all of us and especially a "retreat" for my mom as she didn't have to worry about cooking
supper. I started developing my "pallat" at a pretty early age and I loved the concept of mixing flavor, texture and color with food preparations. Supper eventually became an "event" within my family. A time that we all looked forward to as we not only experienced
a rather tasty meal, but had about an hour of time together each evening to share our daily experiences. What was going on with school, who the current crush involved, the wars that seemed to be brewing within our neighborhood social strata and finally "how
my mom's day had gone?"
My flavor for cooking continued into adulthood. As an unmarried, young adult I loved to cook for my friends. I was always the one inviting them over for supper to try a new recipe and they actually looked forward to the invites. If any of my girlfriends had
an issue with cooking, it was always me they would call for help. My newest beau's always loved a great dinner and it was one area I could really "shine" in. It did seem to me however that the 'ol saying, "A way to a man's heart is through his stomach" did
not seem to be the panacea for "finding a great man;" I truly must say many a toad crossed my path in my twenties. When I was 29 I did meet the man I would evenually marry and he truly loved to eat. He hadn't had much experience with food, other than to
grab something at hand because he had to eat. I certainly believe that one of his perks for knowing and marrying me was to begin a "culinary experience" that few men have the opportunity to experience.
My blog will be about "Anything Cooking." It will always be something related to, or about "cooking" I may add things to cook, cooking tidbits, ingredients, a little nutrition along the way, or what's possible for a quick dinner. Remember that "cooking"
can be much more than "mashed potatoes and gravy!" Cooking and eating is much more than preparing a meal, eating it and then washing the dishes and cleaning up the kitchen. Cooking includes so much more! This blog will explore the "so much more" as well
as the "meat and potatoes.
Be sure to check my new posts, I think you will find them idea provoking, whimsical, interesting and you most likely will gain a few tips and some new and easy recipes. You may even find a laugh, or two along the way.