Since I am living independently at 85 and have been a widow since Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon on July 20, 1969 the day my hubby passed. He was only 50 y.o.a. But, I digress. I still buy too much food like I'm feeding a family of 4. I do watch what I eat, but throw too much food out. When in doubt throw it out. Topping that off I'm not a very good cook. That is why I had to join ALLRECIPES. THEY are tops. And I do love Rachael Rae.
My favorite things to cook
One... before I get to tell about my triumphs was a recipe I found in an old meat paperback from the 60's and still have the book was called: Baked Hawaiian Corned Beef Hash Patties. The hash I use is reduced fat and is Hormel's Corned Beef hash. You empty the whole can and slice it into 4 quarters. Put canned pineapple slices underneath them in a glass or metal baking dish. Wrap a slice of bacon around each pattie/quarter and bake 20 mins. at 350 o's to make the bacon crispy. I also use sliced white onions with 2 patties and 2 patties with pineapple then added as much of the pineapple that was left over.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My girls are now in their 50's and have their own families. I like to cook, but being a low income senior I have to search for bargain ingredients, meat, cheese and produce that is on sale. My only traditional thing is making Brita water due to too much chlorine in Chicago water. We only get together on holidays and I'm ask to bring my famous easy to do "scalloped potatoes." Which has become traditional
My cooking triumphs
Pot Roast...top of the stove. Beef Stew. Sometimes baked. Bisquick's Dumplings in whole canned tomatoes. I use diced now. Boiled Spareribs & Sauerkraut. Meat and potatoes,with veggies,garnished in the end with canned/fresh(sliced)fruit of some sort. 2009 cooked my 1st Corned Beef,potatoes, and cabbage for myself...celebrating St.Paddie's. I love boiled cabbage buttered (marg.) Can almost eat the whole head. My back up dishes to save are:Chinese, frozen dinners e.g. Healthy Choice,and Stouffer's Chip Beef on toast (yeh I know what you GI'S are thinking,) but it tasted good. To me that is. Stouffer's Lasagna.<--Made it from scratch only once...not too badly. Also Lithuanian Kugli...again not too badly.
My cooking tragedies
Just about everything, but what is above in my TRIUMPHS! I like Cod fish, and canned Tuna, frozen cooked Shrimp. And anchovies in my Greek salads.