I am a young senior citizen from NJ, and being that I am currently not working, unfortunately, I have lots more time on my hands to cook. I have always enjoyed and taken pride in my meals, which I cooked for my family with love, but with my husband passing, and my daughter out on her own I no longer had the desire to cook meals every day, and fell into the rut of throwing together anything, or worst yet ordering in, or taking the fast food route. Well, this year I have began using recipes from online cooking sites, or getting ideas from the food network channels and have come up with some great meals for myself, and my daughter, who stops by often. She is impressed with my meals. I consider myself a very good cook, but with these online cooking sites, I am becoming even a better one!
My favorite things to cook
I love beef, and I love to make a mean NY strip steak, which makes you think that you are in a great steak house! My short ribs of beef are to die for, and I only began making them a couple of weeks ago. They are so delicious, when prepared correctly. I enjoy cooking kale, as it is a great source of antioxidants, and taste great. I love to cook salmon, with broiled asparagus, and roasted potatoes. I also love to prepare a great Italian meal, such as a nice meat lasagna, pasta with sausage and peppers, or simply sausage and pepper sandwiches on a great italian or french roll, and just a nice plate of linguini with a great tomato meat sauce is one of my favorite meals to quickly prepare.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Being African American, I grew up in a household where my mom who was a great cook, cooked daily, and the weekends were well worth waiting for, as she always prepared two different meats with great veggies, and home made biscuits. She usually cooked fried chicken, smothered pork chops, or smothered steaks, fried pork chops or baked chicken with either collards, mustard greens, string beans,potatoes and a nice dessert to finish a great meal. Well, with those foods listed above which were mostly cooked during the week, and Sundays, you can only imagine the great meals which my Mom cooked for holidays! We were very blessed to have always had plenty of food in our home, and of course traditional meals of Turkey, stuffing, baked chicken, ribs, vegetables, sweet potato pies, and Mom's infamous peach puffs during the Holidays.
My cooking triumphs
Well, maybe in a year or so at the rate I am going I will have cooking triumphs to mention, but for now, I would again have to mention that my steaks are of honorable mention, as well as my short ribs of beef. When I prepare Thanksgiving dinners, I am applauded by my family. Most of my dishes if I must say so myself, are quite delicious but given a bit more time on these cooking sites, I may be your next gourmet cook!
My cooking tragedies
Cooking tragedies, would be when I was pregnant with my daughter many moons ago, I was craving salmon croquettes. I called Mom and asked her how to make them. She told me as best as she remembered, but something must have gone wrong as I became so ill.