I have been cooking since I was very young, watching and learning from the best cook I will ever know. Maybe all of us feel that way about our mothers.
I am writing two cookbooks
"Treasured Memories" this cookbook is dedicated to and from my Mom's recipes.
The other cookbook is "How to Keep Them Once You Caught them". It is written from my recipes and ideas for keeping your relationship - marriage fun and exciting.
This cookbook is written and designed for all couples: man & women, women & women and man & man.
I believe that everyone should research their families kitchen heritage. What wonderful recipes and family traditions may be discovered.
I have traveled to Cairo Egypt, Rome, Italy, Athens, Greece, Holland and The United Kingdom.
What a blessing that I have had to see first hand how the natives cooked and their personal touches.
Sincerely I have been honored to have the world wide experiences.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy making lasagna, the recipe is actually 3 different recipes combined to make my award winning lasagna.
All of my recipes came for very seasoned and experienced Italian Senior women I had the pleasure to meet while in Rome.
other favorites is:
Chicken fried chicken,
chicken fried steak,
creating a new variety of Vegetables combinations and seasonings to ehance each differnt flavor.
Meat-loafs, oven grilled steaks, steamed fish and or chicken.
Each day I make it appoint to come up with at least one new recipe. My recipes are created with 3 important aspects: 1) They are all made from scratch, 2) Each one needs to be reasonably priced for all budgets & 3) Easy to follow directions and prep-times to be at a minimum for those working men and women.
Baking cakes and pies with my time tested recipes. Utilizing the Civil War era recipes and those reciped handed down by the southern slaves.
Antique and vintage recipes are a true treasure for any cook.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I truly enjoy Mom's canning methods. The way she selected the ingredients.
Mom taught me that cooking for her family was a very important aspect of her life.
From watching her in the kitchen I have a habit of not measuring, just instinct.
Perhaps it is something that we are genetically pre-programed for or just our enviornment to which we lived.
Mom taught and gave me passion for cooking. I discovered that the most intimate thing you can do for someone else? That is to cook for them.
cooking and preparing food for another person is away of Nurturing their bodies, souls and shows them love for their life.
My favorite quote: "it is not going to bed with someone that proves you love them it is getting up and facing everyday that does"
With that being shared I believe that getting up and facing each day which to me is cooking, enjoying and sharing your passions for life, spiritual and beliefs all come together around the dinner table.
My cooking triumphs
I am very humbled by the blessings which has been given numerous awards and trophies.
With much gratitude I have to say how lucky I am to have had my lasagna take first place in Tucson Arizona in 1999.
Earlier in the 1990's I won 6 first place awards for different baked items at the best if cooking in Pittsburgh PA.
1. My German Chocolate Cake with the traditional icing.
2. My mom's homemade donuts
3. Was for my pumpkin cheese cake
4. Best Chocolate chip cookies
5. The best unique cookies: candy bar cookies takes 3 days to make them, but they are worth every minute.
6. Apple cake.
At home in Oklahoma I was honored to recieve a gold metal for my design and decorating a cartoon character. Gossemer was my choice.
I won the broze metal the same day for my fried buttermilk fried chicken.
My cooking tragedies
Well I am so ashamed of to share this but it is so true. I wanted to make mom's divenity with crushed pecans. While following the directions I obviously missed a step or ingredient because they were so nasty, some as hard as a rock while others appeared to be uncooked.
My most resent tradedy is when I was was making mexican chicken. It is actually boneless chicken breasts, grilled in a skillet with olive oil, seasoned with dill, salt and pepper. Using a food processer I mix 3-4 beef steak tomatoes. blend until lumpy but not all liquid. I added the tomatoes and put them on simmer.
Without realizing it while cleaning I accidently turned the electric burner to the highest. It took about 45 minutes to smell something over cooking or cooked. By the time I realized it, the chicken, tomatoes are were one large burnt carmalized mess.