I AM an Old Bat! Married 38 yrs. Mom of 2. Nana of 4 boys. Worked in animal rescue, wildlife & domestic, over 30 yrs. Average cook; mostly home-style. Doing more low fat, low carbs to keep the weight off in our old age & neither of us is starvin! Mostly use recipes to get ideas then adjust for our tastes, diet. Love to crochet, read fantasy fiction, play rpg's and yakk on the puter.
My favorite things to cook
Anything that makes my hubby happy. Unfortunately, I do great gravies and cream sauces ... they're pretty much a no-no now. But I make spectacular soups, stews & casseroles ... yeah, yeah ... how '70's of me! But by reducing the fat hubby's happy, sated and slim!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Nana & Mom's sausage stuffing. My sis-in-law's Baked Pineapple - super with ham or pork but heavy on the calories. My mom-in-law's devilled eggs - yummo! Mom's sausage & pineapple appetizers & her stuffed mushrooms. Pop's stuffed clams. Nana's Lobster ala Newburg. Grandfather's grilled cheese, tomato & bacon sammiches. Mom's crab bisque & spinach dip. And soooo much more! Notice ... not much baking goin' on.
My cooking triumphs
My first Thanksgiving turkey just 2 weeks after we were married. My tuna casserole (oh don't gag) that hubber loves. Most of all - adjusting all my recipes and taking 60+ pounds off my husband in 6 months - and he's constantly eating; hasn't gone hungry for one minute. I'm proud of him & I'm proud of me! And I make a killer low cal General Tso's Chicken (easy on the rice).
My cooking tragedies
This (2007) Thanksgiving's mashed potatoes. I found these taters - Butter Golds - & they're to die for boiled with salt, garlic & fresh parsley. They're pricey & seasonal, but I found 'em & thought I'd mash 'em for Thanksgiving. Never NEVER do this! I boiled 'em. Roasted garlic heads to make garlic mashed potatoes. They whip up like wall paper paste! HORRIBLE! They got dumped. Will stick with Russets for future mashed taters! Great boiled; disgusting mashed!