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Food for Thought - Discover Stories, Recipes & Culture 
Sep. 10, 2012 4:48 pm 
Updated: Jan. 30, 2014 7:44 pm

Why "together"? Because this is a cooking blog, and the best kind of cooking can be when we create something together; with our collective food, culture and the stories that come out of both. In my growing up years, teen years and even my adult-hoooood (still working on that), there was always chatter in the kitchen.  The voices were female, male, those of boys, girls, aunties, uncles, grandmothers and lots of friends. It made for much drama; the good kind, the bad and lots of stuff from other cultures.  The kitchen has always been my Discovery Zone! 

What kind of atmosphere have you seen in the kitchens you've lived around? Did you have a favorite one? Or, at least one where you'd like to escape to now and then?

OK, I'll go first. One kitchen I liked to escape to was that of some folks who lived a few blocks away from us. Their daughter became my very best friend at 5 years old, and we were together through High School. They had more kids than my family did, and not quite as much financial support.  The funny thing is, looking back now I realize it was the funky stuff we ate because they were stretching the budget to get to the-end-of-the-month that I enjoyed the most.  Since my friend's Mother worked as well as her father, and all her siblings were much older, we were often alone in the kitchen after school.
I loved making "sandwiches" with two slices of cheap "Wonder" bread and some mayo.  If we got pickles, we were tickled.  Oh, and has anyone ever heard of (excuse the term...) Sh..t on a Shingle?  That's Spam mixed into a simple white sauce served over toast.  I loved it!  But then, I didn't have to eat it all the time, either.

Who's next? Perhaps you're from a different culture like my husband, and you have some really crazy kitchen/food experience you'd like to share. I invite you to give us some food for thought.  Of course, when you or I have a need to share something less than positive, please try your best to keep it readable by all ages.  

Now it's your turn....I'll pour myself a nice glass of wine and wait!

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Sep. 10, 2012 4:55 pm
Ha ha ha ha ha! Have to laugh about my first blog blunder: I (psych) left out the sh.. word immediately after apologizing for using it! That's a real Freudian Slip!
Sep. 10, 2012 5:51 pm
Great Post! I have a story about s*&!# on a shingle....When my brother played on a travel soccer team...back in the 1970's (yes they had travel soccer teams way back then :) we hosted a kid from England...we asked him if there was any thing he would like us to make for him....he said "Skinners on a Raft"....beans on Dad said..."No that's SH**&&# on a shingle"....HA!
Sep. 11, 2012 9:40 am
Here's mine i grew up in a Italian household that only spoke Italian,but soon learned English,my friends loved coming to my house cause my parents cooked things that they never had in their house,but i remember going to my friends house and her mom gave us soup that came out of a can,and i would not eat it,soup to me was homemade,anyway her family was Polish,and the smells and taste,out of that kitchen were wonderful,i loved eating there,as she loved eating at my house,as campergramma said thanks for the walk,also it never hurts to try different foods,who knows you might like it,thanks,sunny.
Sep. 12, 2012 6:31 am
Oh, my...let me think. Back in the 1950's when I was in junior high school, I went to a slumber party [now know as "sleep-overs," I believe]. We were excited as we were going to make our first pizza together, from a Chef-Boy-Ar-Dee box, no less. No one that we knew had ever eaten pizza! It was an adventure and it was delicious. We were warned not to eat more than one piece as it would make us ill; I always wondered if that was that the hostess mom truly thought, or if she just wanted more for herself. I still remember the taste of that exotic food, so different from pizza today, but so delicious on our young, delicate palates.
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About Me
I'm American; married to a Persian guy and a Persian Community. Lived 25 years in the San Francisco Bay Area; 9 years in Los Angeles before that. Love Asian food, esply Thai and Vietnamese. But I raised my kids on Persian food, some American, and Mexican recipes from local folks. I suppose I was raised in a more mid-western type home, although my parents are both from the West Coast (Oregon & Washington). Will soon be moving to Dallas, Texas; will spend time regularly in Austin also. Have moved to Texas so will widen-out my cuisine experiences once again. Am on my way to travel to the country of Georgia. Never been there; can't wait.
My favorite things to cook
Persain dishes, gluten-free baking of every kind, gluten-free pastas & GF entrees, GF breakfasts, holiday meals, desserts from various nations, pickling, & I like cooking with unusual vegetables (well, unusual for today, altho' it may not have been so a few decades ago), like beets. Am attempting to learn more about outdoor cooking, one of my late father's favorite activities.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Separating the soup stock from the ingredients in the Persian recipe for Abe-Goosht, then smashing all the tender lamb, carrots, potatoes, dried lemon, onion, garlic etc. (& sometimes, eggplant) in a separate bowl on a cold winter day. Esply when unexpected friends show up & we sneak some extra water into the soup. Also adore the holiday season running from Thxgvg to Christmas! Especially when shared with children, old folks and family.
My cooking triumphs
The delicacy of Persian dishes with long grain Basmati rice! Also, just mastering various Khoreshes, and the slow-cooker version of various Persian stews (Abe-Goosht). But my new victory is Gluten-Free adaptations of bakery items such as famous cake recipes (Red Velvet Cake, Carrot Cakes of several kinds, & Hummingbird Cake, to name a few). Also, Gluten-Free adaptations of breaded, oven-fried recipes like beer-battered Fish and Cruchy Pretzel Chicken Tenders. Yummy.
My cooking tragedies
Definitely burning up a favorite pot....:~((
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