I wish I was a person who felt more relaxed when they cooked. I'm not. I keep thinking about the dirty dishes. And my husband does dishes. I wish I was the type of cook that had 10 recipes and stuck to them. I'm not. I tend to change recipes often. I think I am becoming better at cooking. Or maybe it is because one child is in college and the other is growing up and likes more types of food and is just happy when I cook a meal. We recently moved and I have the opportunity to invite many new people over. I haven't yet, but I will in the future. Maybe I will start to relax and enjoy cooking more. Who knows.
My favorite things to cook
The first thing I learned to cook was cakes. I still like to cook cakes. I think the secret is lots of layers of frosting in between the layers of cake. To me it is not a "real" birthday without a homemade cake. And it must be a round cake with layers! I am really liking roasted vegetables lately. I also like a good green lettuce salad, but I'm not crazy about making them. I like easy recipes with low amounts of ingredients. I like to cook meals that look good. Tonight I made a dessert with real whipped cream and Red Wine Reduction Sauce. It was simple, but it looked pretty and it tasted fabulous. I served it with a recipe that I found on pinterest. A casserole dish that had 1/3 fresh cut green beans and 1/3 chopped new potatoes and skinless boneless chicken breast that you pour a stick of melted butter and a package of Italian dressing on and cook at 350 for a hour covered in tin foil.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When I think of family I think of holidays. My kids want a strawberry jello salad with fruit cocktail, bananas, pecans and mini marshmallows. They also want Biscuit Bread. That is a quiche dish with melted butter and dry parsley, parmesan cheese, dry minced onions, and dill seed. Then you take flakey biscuits and I cut them in half and arrange on top of the melted butter mixture and cook. My mom was the type that could whip up a dinner in no time. They live in the country and dad was in sales. Sometimes he would bring someone home without mom knowing ahead of time. She would take an onion and hamburger meat and make something wonderful from it depending on what ingredients she had. She told me to just cook an onion before my husband got home and he would think I had been working all day. They usually had a garden and could go out and find something to cook.
My cooking triumphs
I have cooked meals for the churches I have belonged to. I have entertained groups of friends and cooked the whole meal. My least favorite part of cooking for people at my house is cleaning the house!
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married and we had my husband's boss over with his wife and another couple. I made lasagna. I thought if a little was good then a really full pan was better. Anyway, the pan cooked over and just then I heard the knock at the door. They were ten minutes early. I opened the oven and black smoke was flowing out. It was filling our apartment. I opened the front door as smoke was coming out the door and told them that they were ten minutes early and closed the door in their faces. The lasagna was actually very good.
Another time with the same boss we were invited to their house and I asked what I could bring. I brought over a homemade crust lemon pie. Lemon pie was her favorite. I squeezed all the lemons and made a meringue topping. It looked beautiful. Well, she was diabetic and so I decided to use saccharine. I followed the direction on the box, but it was WAY too much. We had to throw the whole pie away. Such a shame.