I HAVE ALWAYS loved to cook, even cooked my own luncheon for a "Sweet Sixteen" girls get together.(Many years ago!) It is theapeutic and relaxing...always have enough for a crowd and we love to entertain. Real cooks don't always follow recipes EXACTLY...a pinch of this and a pinch of that works the best. Nothing ever tastes exactly the same ....fortunately, or unfortunately. I come from a chicken soup & matzoh balls childhood and most people LOVE my Italian meatballs...go figure. I have a problem with people who call it "cooking" opening a can of this and a box of this..."homeade"???? Homestyle versus "made from scratch" are two completely different concepts.
My favorite things to cook
Meatballs, chili, chicken parm,baked chicken, SOUPS,and salads i.e. GREAT chicken salad and WONDERFUL tuna salad! I love my pork tenderloin served with my husband's favorite scalloped potatoes...they go together in our family. I must say I make a "killer" meatloaf and so does my husband who really isn't interested in the kitchen related items we refer to as "cooking"!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Appetizers: cocktail meatballs, "baloney squares", sausage rolls, spinach balls!!! I LOVE traditional Thanksgiving dinners. My stuffing is always good and the secret is LOTS of onion and celery....fried before hand, not used raw in the mixture. Sometimes I use eggs and often leave them out.... My kids confessed to me when they were adults that for Christmas and Easter they really were never "fans" of ham(even though their parents were)...so I have been making a wonderful beef brisket for Christmas and Easter isn't Easter WITHOUT ham for me. Pork tenderloin will also be served as a substitute for the traditional ham for those who boycott.
My cooking triumphs
Serving everything warm(almost hot!) on a Holiday at once.
My cooking tragedies
I made mashed potatoes
in advance" this Thanksgiving....and it made cream of potato soup seem runny...In otherwords...NEVER make the day before including CREAM & BUTTER...Only season & whip & Mash...warm & add liquid the day of the festivities. WHAT lip service from my entire family....a lesson learned and everybody, including myself were so disappointed.