I am 65 years old, married and retired. My husband works part time. We have 8 grown children and 15 grand children, most of whom are also grown. I am mostly cooking for 2 now. However, my stepson, who is a paraplegic amputee lives nearby and comes to dinner a couple times a week. We try to have get-togethers a few times a year but it gets harder evey year to host a get together. Old age is creeping up on us. Still its nice to have some good recipes on hand for special occasion or unexpected company.
My favorite things to cook
I love one pot or one pan dishes and prepare ahead meals but nothing that reguires a lot of specialty ingredients, although I try keep a varied supply of herbs and spices on hand. Savory soups are a must, especially in the winter. I prefer soups that freeze well so I can make a large batch and have it again the following week. I make a yummy wet burrito, great spanish rice and my tacos are a big hit.
My husband takes a lunch to work everyday so I like foods that reheat well.
It is very hot where he works so I am always on the look out for recipes that taste good cold. Thank God he is not a "picky eater".
A small herb garden outside my door provides me with a nice supply of fresh seasonings in Summer. Did you know you can actually use to many fresh herb. Towards the end of summer I dry and store as many of my herbs as I can.
If it looks good, tastes good and easy its a favorite.
My cooking tragedies
Christmas Eve party 1965. Newlyweds,
my husband and I worked all day putting together a lovely buffet, including my stunning homemade Bohemian Briaded Sweetbread and some yummy homemade cookies. He had arranged a great presentation of the cold cuts, cheese and fixings on a large tray. It was very 'hip' for the times, as we used to say.
When we invited his family to partake of our dazzeling efforts, when my mother-in-law informed me they had already eaten. I wanted to choke her! Who would eat before going to a Holiday brunch? To this day I swear she was deliberatley trying to sabotage our first family party. She kept reminding everyone they weren't hungry bcause they had already eaten. It was absolutely devastating.
The marrage only last 2 years and I never hosted another party for them.
I guess that would count as a cooking tragedy.