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Abbey's Road

The Power of Food! 
Aug. 14, 2014 5:44 pm 
Updated: Aug. 18, 2014 1:07 pm
At 20 years old, I decided to flee the coop and move out on my own.  I packed dozens of boxes of clothes, and maybe 2 boxes of odd and end kitchen supplies, and moved into my first apartment.  I was queen of the castle in my walk-in closet, but more in the realm of damsel in disaster in my kitchen.  After about a week, I came to the realization that I would not be able to live on instant potatoes and Beefaroni any longer.

Enter!  Since that fateful day in February, 2009 I joined AllRecipes and made that wonderful Buffalo Chicken Pizza...I was hooked for life.  A couple months after that, I made my first batch of > Chocolate Chip Cookies, which landed me a boyfriend.  About a year later, I made some wonderful > Pancakes, which I'm convinced turned that boyfriend into my husband (he nods in agreement).

Six years, four kitchens and hundreds of recipes later, we bought our first home.  It's funny how things change. I picked this house specifically for the spacious kitchen and gave little thought to the closets.  I can't believe how far I've come in my cooking, and how important cooking has become to me.

I've always envied those with amazing talents like drawing, painting, being able to run for more than 10 seconds...but when I learned how to use yeast in baking, I was taken aback with my own abilities!  Cooking is an artform in and of itself and speaks to the soul even more-so than a drawing!  and have you ever seen Chef Masaharu Morimoto's Stained Glass Sushi?  That is art! Food can provoke sensory memories and at the same time create new memories. I remember my Great Aunt making spaghetti and meatballs in the house while I was outside doing cartwheels in the yard and making mud pies by the clothesline...and I can feel that every time I smell and taste them now.  Today we've created our own memories with this family recipe...namely my niece's unbelievably cute spaghetti face! 

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The ability to cook is something I very strongly hope to impart to my nieces. But for now, the nieces and nephews are just happy being my "super sprinklers" at Christmas time.  I'm okay with that and hope when they grow up, they look back at their time in my kitchen with fondness.  I know I will!

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Food can create lifelong friendships.  When I was started my first "real job" and knew absolutely nobody, when I really needed a friend the most; I met who is now my closest friend.  She asked me what I liked to do outside of work, and when I couldn't think of anything else (probably because I'm kind of a hermit!) I told her I liked to cook.  Then I found out she is a trained chef.  We went out for sushi that week and after some cocktails, we then decided we had to try every restaurant in town.  We're making great progress!  She is now in a relationship with my husband's best friend of 20 years, and the four of us are inseparable.  Life is good!

I could go on and on, and I feel like I have. The power of food is truly endless. 

How has food inspired you?
Aug. 14, 2014 6:43 pm
Abbey what a wonderful story, and that is so true about food, and i love to cook also. Growing up our house was always full of relatives cooking and eating, sometimes i miss those days. Now the kids are on their own and it's just me and my husband but we both like to cook and enjoy trying different dishes. All Recipes is a great place to get recipes and form new friendships.The folks on here are one wonderful group.
Aug. 15, 2014 4:26 am
Nice blog. Preparing food is one way we have of showing love to our family and friends. Be assured you are creating memories for your nieces and nephews. I'm now working with great grandchildren, who are my "sprinklers".
Aug. 15, 2014 4:33 am
Great memories, manellla. :) I always wished I had a big family when I was growing up. Sweet cook--I am definitely creating memories, enjoy your sprinklers as well! :)
Aug. 15, 2014 8:58 am
Hi Abbey, I really enjoyed your blog. I know what you mean about food smells bringing back memories. When I make my grandmothers's torta (sorta like a frittata casserole)my kitchen smells like grandma's and all the wonderful memories of being at her house come rushing back. My brother, sister and I LOVED going to grandma's house. She would spoil us to no end and we could have all the candy we wanted. Good times for sure. As soon as my kitchen is finished I'm going to have to make her torta! Thanks for the wonderful blog :)
Aug. 15, 2014 10:58 am
My post meant, "Yes, you are definitely creating memories", I wasn't telling you to be "sure". Having baked with my children, grandchildren, and now great grandchildren, they tell me they have wonderful memories of Nana's kitchen, just as your nieces and nephews will. Enjoy, the time goes by fast.
Aug. 15, 2014 12:01 pm
What a great blog Abbey! I wasn't much of a cook when I was younger but fast forward eons and I think I'm decent (at least that's what the wife and grands tell me). I had perused this site for several years before I officially joined in 2010. I tagged myself 'expert' only to find out how wrong I was. There are so many better cooks here than me. The house we now live in I picked because of the kitchen (had to have an island). You couldn't have said it better, "Food can create lifelong friendship". After my first invite to an Allrecipes roundup and several more since, I have met the most incredible people in person that I truly consider 'family'.
Aug. 15, 2014 12:36 pm
My father's mother was my inspiration to aspire to be a great cook and she taught me a great deal. My wonderful MIL taught me to take chances in my cooking. My sons were more ready to hang around and learn in the kitchen than my girls, but that was ok. I now have a great niece as my sous chef and we do have fun!
Aug. 15, 2014 4:59 pm
Great story, Abbey! Thanks for sharing, and in the words of my favorite chef Jacques Pepin, "Happy cooking!"
Aug. 16, 2014 6:06 am
bd.weld-So true...the cooks on here are so talented and inspirational! :) BigShotsMom-How fun! I love having a little helper. :) And thank you Bibi! :)
Aug. 16, 2014 9:43 am
I enjoyed your blog Abbey! I like how you said you chose your first house for the kitchen and not the closets! :) It is funny how we change. It's nice seeing you around the Buzz.
Aug. 16, 2014 4:24 pm
Abbey, I LOVE your story. It's so true. I too correlate memories to food. I love fresh ground coffee in the morning when no one else is up. Smells just like my Nana's house at holiday time. When I joined this site in 2007 ( in think that's the date) I was an OK cook. Just moved to CA from PA and I remember thinking there aren't going to be any GREAT home cooked meals anymore unless I made them. (All our family is back east). Like you I learned to cook and fell in love with it. Keep writing more.
Aug. 18, 2014 1:07 pm
Thanks, Tammy Lynn! I've been missing from the buzz for quite a while but it's great to see old friends and new. :) Frack--Ahhh there is nothing like smelling fresh coffee grounds in the morning! I appreciate your kind words, I will definitely be making a point to keep up with my blog. :)
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I am a part time home maker, and part time employee in my husband's home business. My husband and I are locavores and believe in eating organic, REAL food to maintain a healthy lifestyle! We took a 100 Day Real Food Pledge on 1/4/15. We are on a tight budget, and improvising is necessary in our kitchen. I enjoy developing recipes and tweaking existing recipes to fit them in with our real food lifestyle.
My favorite things to cook
I don't specifically have a favorite food "genre". I enjoy cooking with real, raw foods and turning them into beautiful, colorful and healthy dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Outdoor grilling and summer barbecues are a favorite of mine. Anytime we can gather around a delicious meal with friends and family.
My cooking triumphs
Being able to tweak recipes containing highly processed foods into something more natural is a triumph.
My cooking tragedies
I was beginning to cook a pot of stew, and I set the soup pot on the heated burner to warm up. I let it set on there a little too long while assembling the mirepoix and it got too hot. I threw in the butter to melt and it immediately smoked. I mean it filled my entire first floor with smoke! At that moment, my husband's boss walked in the house, whom I was cooking dinner for that night. I had to run the soup pot out the back door and while smoke was still pouring out. I was mortified. Thankfully he had a good sense of humor!
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