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The Love of Cooking Passed Down 
Oct. 17, 2009 7:07 am 
Updated: Nov. 27, 2009 11:05 pm
I can't remember a time when I didn't look forward to cooking, baking or watching my  mother, grandmother or older sister in the kitchen.  It just seemed to come natural to me and it's a love that's never faded!  

This year, I am probably the happiest cook in the world, as my husband and I are about to begin that dream kitchen renovation we've been talking about for, as unbelievable as it seems to me, 
23 years!  In fact, I'm writing this blog while I'm taking a break from packing up everything in the cabinets and pantry to prepare for the rip-everything-out-to-the-wall construction that's going to begin this week.  

In the past, we've worked around an oven that didn't heat evenly, a giant crack in the sink that leaked water down into the cabinet below, a refrigerator that froze everything that sat on the back of the shelves, and a freezer that worked properly but was barely enough for 2 people never mind a busy family of 4!  

One of the biggest pleasures I'll get from my newly appointed kitchen is not just for me, or my husband, or my kids for that matter.  My mom, now 90, is just as excited about all of this as I am, and I can't wait to see her face the first time she sees it - which will be on  Thanksgiving Day! Yes, I know we're cutting this close, but the contractors have all sworn on Bibles (figuratively only) that they will have everything done by the week before Thanksgiving at the latest.  That only gives me 7 days to get cooking - but what a joy!  

So after all these years, cooking as a kid, baking pumpkin pies for the Holidays by the time I was 12, this mom of 2 and daughter of 1 will soon be having the time of her life in a kitchen that even Martha and Rachel would be proud to cook in!  

Naturally, I'll be posting up a storm here on Allrecipes of some of favorites that I hope you'll all enjoy as much as we do!  

Oct. 17, 2009 2:21 pm
Sounds like fun Hopefully everything will go swimingly....looking forward to your updates...
Oct. 18, 2009 9:42 pm
Oh how woderful! I think it is important to cook in a kitchen you love. For some reason I think the food just tastes better that way. Good luck on the renovation!
Oct. 19, 2009 7:38 am
thanks! Yeah, grammy, ....we're keeping our fingers crossed all goes well...but it's a lot of fun and the truth is I'm having a blast! Agree totally with you Apple, the atmosphere in the kitchen really can make a difference!
Oct. 19, 2009 5:19 pm
Good luck! We have a Kitchen designer coming in tomorrow to do our measure and quote so hopefully I have a new kitchen for Christmas. I agree with HNTAOMP that if you love your kitchen you tend to create beautiful meals that you can be proud of. You will have to post some photos!
Nov. 27, 2009 11:05 pm
it really helps having a new kitchen cos my husband is a builder, and I've got a new one too :-)
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About Me
I'm married 23 years, have 2 kids - a daughter 22, and a son, 17. My daughter is in college and VP of her sororiety. My son is autistic and has been hometaught (by me with help from hub too) since he was 5. We live in South Florida and love to do lots of different things. My husband and I enjoy Latin ballroom and club style dancing, and we also like boating, fishing, dining out and wine collecting. Both my husband and me love to cook and really enjoy exploring new types of foods, spice combinations, methods - you name it!
My favorite things to cook
I love roasts more than anything, but I also making soups and I love to bake. My husband is the grill expert and sauce-maker in the house! My speciality is making things on the fly. I love to improvise and just go with the flow. I once made a savory rice pudding using a blend of different rices (brown, wild, red & jasmine) and used milk with some homemade chicken broth added, eggs, cornstarch, fresh herbs and mushrooms, onions, scallions. It baked nicely, and had a consistency like most any rice pudding, except it was a side dish to a roast lamb. It's one of my favorites!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Well, number one has to be what we do most and that's putting on the music in the breakfast room, pouring a glass of wine and cooking together. Taking dinner outside and watching the sunset over the Savannah is like our own bit of Heaven on Earth! Second to that, is Thanksgiving Day. It's something I wait for all year! I do some things in advance, baking and such, but that morning it's always busy-in-the-kitchen! I make a large pot of soup that I keep on a warming tray, and everyone comes in out and of the kitchen taking a bowl of soup and helping and chatting. As a backdrop to all of this is that I usually have the Macy's Day Parade playing on TV. I just love it!
My cooking triumphs
In my usualy on-the-fly style, I made a few things that really came out great. Savory rice pudding, coconut and pineapple cake, and baby lamp chops broiled with a rub I made: EVO, fresh garlic, rosemary, parsley, sea salt, fresh black pepper, fresh lemon juice.
My cooking tragedies
Oh boy. We've all had them! When I was a kid I baked this batch of what were supposed to be soft molasses cookies. But, I left them in the oven too long at too high a temp. By the time they cooled, they were pretty much rock-hard. I left the kitchen in tears only to come back and find my two (much older mind you) brothers player table hockey with one of them as the puck, and using wooden spoons as hockey sticks! I started laughing because at least the cookies went to some good use!
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