My name says it. I have a lot of inspiration but not much money so I have to create on a budget which usually brings me to upgrading mixes or infusing new tastes into canned goods which I go into below.
My favorite things to cook
Love to cook quick breads. Much like stew, varying the ingredients of a quick bread produces a hearty winter weekend breakfast thing to a sweet desserty thing. Pumpkin cinnamon and nuts; lemon orange and apricots; bran molassas and cloves; a quick bread can be a cook's canvas on which original flavors are married together.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Unfortunately, my traditions are my own. My mother-bless her-is of the 'boil those cabbages, kale and collards with a hamhock til they die' kinda lady; bringing about my clean slate beginnings. A new bride 25 years ago without the internet, I was looking for reasonably priced divine intervention and the paperback Pillsbury cook books at my check out were a light in the window. Each month, one $2.50 book with over 50 tested recipes (and colour pictures) highlighted a different aspect of american dining. Going to a brunch, cooking for two, cookies only, the holidays or harvest baking-personally, I felt saved. And for the cynical no, I do not work for Pillsbury nor ever have. Guess I just wanted to sing their praises after all these years.
My cooking triumphs
In the too buzy to cook every day department, I enjoy the double benefit of adding fresh/special ingredients to mixes for an upgrade. My Lazy Day Alfredo recipe combines a MCCormick Alfredo mix with fresh grated parmesan (to name one upgrade)for great hearty taste on a school night.
In the "spoon full of sugar..." department, I add great tasting things to not so great but healthy things for vitamins I can get down my throat. One of these is my very own "Anna Maria green beans" Check it out!
My cooking tragedies
Cooking asian and anytime I fail to fully grasp the preptime necessary for labour intensive dishes. My first was 'peanut whiligigs'. Three hours later, I was mulling over the benefits of throwing it in the trash or the oven!