When I was first married, I didn't enjoy cooking very much, but I thought that if I could ever afford a bunch of expensive cookware I would probably enjoy it more. Fortunately, in the process of never managing to save the money to buy all that stuff, my husband and I moved into my Great Uncle Tenn and Great Aunt Eusby's house. We ended up 'inheriting' some old porcelain pots and pans, a couple of canners with a boatload of jars (which I am determined to make use of some day), and some really cool gadgets I haven't seen sold anywhere, including a colander thing-y you use to extract persimmon pulp (handy, since we now have a persimmon tree in our front yard!). Basically, combined with some of the things I already had, I have everything I need! So, thanks to Good Ol' Tenn and Eusby, I'm on my way. And to think, I'm writing about them on the Internet. They'd have never in a million years..."We'll talk again, Aunt Eusby!"
My favorite things to cook
Persimmon pudding, chocolate oatmeal cookies, crab legs (when I get them right), cool pasta salad, cranberry-apple casserole, crockpot barbequed stuff...My favorite thing, lately, is baking, but I'm still learning. Of course, that goes for everything else as well, but hey- again, I'm on my way!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Eating watermelon from my grandpa's garden outside so we could spit the seeds out of his Texas Giants, the way we used to take turns cranking the ice cream maker ((if you're old enough to know what I mean), in the heat of summer, at my other grandparents's house, enjoying mom's homegrown, homemade vegetable soup in the dead of winter and making snow cream together (which is no small treat down south), hearing my Dad say the prayer before we eat, before every holiday meal, and exchanging all the leftovers!
My cooking triumphs
Learning to make my grandmother's persimmon pudding and discovering how much I like pecans added to chocolate oatmeal cookies (which somehow still seems like a big deal), finding a treasure-trove of my great aunt's recipes crammed into the drawer of her old Hoosier cabinet (I figure I will go ahead and claim that as a 'cooking triumph to hold myself accountable to cooking all those things!),- Oh, and I loved "Julie and Julia", by the way. I feel inspired!
My cooking tragedies
Coffee cookies, soggy crablegs, and I still can't get myself to trust that chicken is truly cooked until, by then, it's dry and tough, the same with pork chops. None the less, I'm trying to get up enough confidence in my cooking to invite more people over. From The Frugal Gourmet, "A feast is not what you eat, but that you share it together."...or something like that, right?