Nov. 22, 2011 8:58 am
Updated: Dec. 26, 2011 5:12 pm
So Lenny and I just went back to St. Louis for his grandfathers funeral. It was a bittersweet time because of his passing, but we sure were happy to spend time with our families that we
so dearly miss. As we were leaving my parents house, my mom almost instinctively started packing a…
My finacee and I recently plucked ourselves out of our hometown (metro St. Louis) and moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex for us and for our careers. He and I both love to spend time in the kitchen experimenting with new techniques and flavors. But there is nothing like crafting and old favorite together while having a drink and talking about anything and everything.
My favorite things to cook
Recently, I experimented with making gnocchi, which I absolutely loved and it turned out just amazing. I love to make slaw, experiment with stuffing burgers, baking cookies and trying anything new. My life-long passion is pie making. Nothing completes a square meal like a delicious round pie.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Lenny makes the best pancakes on the planet. Anytime something good (or not so good) happens or just because he loves me, he makes me pancakes. My family traditions mostly consist of Dad bar-b-queing pork steaks and brats in the back yard for when the family gets together for drinking beer and a bonfire. When I was younger, spending time with grandma in the kitchen and in the garden. I miss her so very much.
My cooking triumphs
Lol. I am oh so proud when everything I make turns out great! From roasting a turkey (not in the bag kind) to the simplest of cookies. I did just win a chili cook-off, it was not a very big one, but it was fun, nonetheless!
My cooking tragedies
When I was young, maybe seven or so, my mom was letting me make a from scratch no-bake cherry dessert with a graham cracker crust, pie filling and whipped topping sweetened with powdered sugar and topped with nuts. Because I am from a fairly large family, my mom stored her flour, cornstarch, powdered sugar, sugar and the like in those big Tupperwear containers and just threw the lid of the label in with it for distinction. Well, in the heat of the moment (I was excited you know), I grabbed the cornstarch instead of the powdered sugar and carried on. After my creation had spent its time in the fridge, I will never forget when mom and I took it out for a taste test, the horrible taste of whipped cream and cornstarch with cherries. I was so confused! How could this have happened?? I was so devistated! But I carried on to have many more triumphs and tragedies in the kitchen!