My favorite family cooking traditions
I was raised in PA (Pennsylvania) and I'm sure the locals understand that one... I grew up near Lancaster County--where the Amish reside. My favorite dish is called Hog Maw which has become a family tradition. My Grandmother (Ma) would chop potatoes and cabbage for hours to fill several pig stomachs. Ma would then bake it for hours; it's an all-day affair. As a child, I abhorred the idea, Pig stomach, hated the smell, and refused to eat it. My Mom tried to make a "sausage casserole" once and I of course refused to eat it since I knew it was a pig's stomach based upon the smell; GROSS! However, being in the Army for the past ten + years has changed my life. My first assignment was Korea. I tried Korean food and loved it. So, while I was on leave from Korea and in PA, I finally decided to try Hog Maw and loved it! Now, whenever I am on leave, Ma makes Hog Maw for me. My ENTIRE family knows that when Ma needs to go to the local butcher for a pig’s stomach, Lori’s coming home!
My cooking tragedies
My 1st Thanksgiving in Korea. I invited a college friend to my apartment for Dinner. I bought a 4 lb. turkey. The turkey was frozen when I bought it and although I tried to defrost it in my fridge, on Thanksgiving Day, it was still frozen. So, Thanksgiving morning, I pulled it out of the fridge and put it in my sink filled with water. When I returned home from church, my Korean cat was eating through the plastic and eating the raw turkey! I called Shawn and he told me to cut away the chewed meat and cook it. (What else are you going to do? It’s not like you can go to WalMart!) So, I stuffed the turkey and hours later we ate a turkey that the cat enjoyed first. I guess with all the stress I forgot to add water to the stuffing…We had to throw it away. Shawn didn’t like my creamy mashed potatoes, he prefers chunks and then he said that he hated sweet potatoes. But after one bit, they became his favorite!