When I was nine years old, my mother called me in from playing outdoors, brought me in the kitchen and said "This is how you boil water." I was reluctant at first (how could she interrupt my play time!) but mom persisted and slowly but surely I began to love to cook. I also want to thank my brother who became my ginnie pig!
My favorite things to cook
I had two southern grandmothers who were masters of southern cuisine. My only regret to this day, is that I was too young to think of asking them for their recipes. Over the years, mom taught me many things. When I was on my own, it was trial and error. I believe in simplicity when cooking. Nothing has to be fancy, but it has to "wow" with a perfect blend of seasoning and not over- or under-cooking. Now, I get many, many compliments when I have friends/family over for dinner. I LOVE to cook!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking traditions are fried chicken dipped in buttermilk, homemade buttermilk mashed potatoes, buttermilk cornbread, perfectly seasoned collards (or other fresh greens), and creamy macaroni and cheese. I have other favorites that I can share upon request.
My cooking triumphs
My first turkey dinner was a definite triumph. I had invited many good friends over and everything turned out perfectly! The menu included: Turkey, homemade cornbread stuffing, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, sweet potatoes, dinner rolls, and cranberry sauce. The compliments spoke for themselves!
My cooking tragedies
Unfortunately, it took me a long while to master the crispy fried chicken that my mom and grandmoms prepared, but I finally got it! :-)