I love to cook! My mother was (of course) the second best cook in the world,(second only to my grandmother). I learned so much from her. I am a southern cook, which does NOT mean I put sugar in everything!, I am so taken back when I see recipes that say "southern style" and they are full of sugar!! Where do they get that?!?! I learned how to cook at an early age and learned that you don't have to be fancy to be good. My grandmother could make a meal out of practically nothing!.. I will never foget the best meal I have ever eaten! My grandmother made fried pork chops, fried potatos and warmed pork and beans. Of course it had a lot to do with the fact that my grandmother made it, but I had and still haven't had anything any better since! My husband always said my mother was a better cook than me, but after 21 years of marraige, he says that I am just as good, it just comes from experience.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook holiday meals, like Thanksgiving and Christmas. My specialties are cornbread and cornbread dressing along with spaghetti, chili, chicken casserole and all the southern favorites, like beans and greens. I love to bake as well. My favorite cake to bake is my "Famous Fig Cake" which is a great cake to make and give at Christmas time.
My favorite family cooking traditions
During the holidays I really get into high gear, Thanksgiving traditions are to have the family in the kitchen helping me chop onions and celery for the dressing, and chopping nuts for the sweet potato casserole and cakes and pies. I like to have the family pick out the recipes they would most like to have. However, it seems that the menu does not change from year to year. They love my dressing, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole,fried corn, rice and an array of cakes and pies. I don't mind tho, I just love the fact that they love my cooking! The tradition I love the most tho, is having the family together helping and enjoying themselves, filling the house with laughter. We all tell what we are thankful for and at Christmas time, we like to remember the things that made last Christmas special and try to top it this year!
My cooking triumphs
This is easy! My triumph was when my family thought that my potato soup was as good as my mothers! It may seem strange, but Potato Soup is one of my families favorite things. It is a comfort food, and we love it on cold winter days as well as all through the year. My mother always made it when either she was feeling tired or just too busy to prepare a full meal, funny tho, how it seemed to be the favorite thing to have. She was very simple about it, no extras like I see in other recipes. Just honest to goodness potatoness!!!
My cooking tragedies
Ha Ha, that would be burning bread!!!! I am famous for getting involved with getting everything on the table and just right and forgetting the rolls or garlic bread and burning it!!