I grew up with a mom and dad who grew all their own fresh vegetables and sometimes butchered thier own hogs and calves. My best friend's mom had a dairy and chickens. Needles to say, I love fresh food! I always buy fresh meat and vegetables. The only thing canned that I like is pickels!
Also, I can't believe the choices of favorite foods on All Recipes doesn't include Mexican Food. What's up with that?
My favorite things to cook
Here is my favorite meal to fix for my family:
Fresh spinich salad with hot bacon dressing.
Fresh Black eyed peas with Picnic Ham. Fresh beefsteak tomatoes and green or purple onions.
Watermelon, Corn on the Cob, and hot cornbread.
Homemade coconut cake with homemade vanilly ice cream.
The picnic ham is so you'll have a bone for the blackeyed peas. The peas should be cooked down like a soup and served on top of a slice of cornbread. If you would rather have your peas cooked with salt pork, fried chicken makes a wonderful meat choice for this summertime garden meal. I love the coconut cake, but fresh berry or peach cobbler also goes well.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Fresh Pecan Cake from my husband's grandmother's recipe. This is a family secret recipe and it is made for Christmas each year from the new crop of Texas Pecans. We also have a recipe for what we call mincemeat tarts that I've never had anywhere but our family. White raisins are used in this special tart filling for a delightful holiday treat. Since my mother-in-law has passed away, my daughter has made it her priority to learn this dish and bring it to family gatherings. My daughter also makes To-Die-For spritz cookies. Have you gotten the idea that we're a group of Texans with German roots?
My cooking triumphs
Making a perfect coconut cream pie with meringue topping for my friend's birthday. My pies alway turn out runny, but this one was perfect.
My cooking tragedies
My dad came over one day to visit and I had to make a cheese cake for a charity event. I thought I was a pretty good cook but I threw out three cakes before I made one good enough to take to the bake sale. My dad sat in my kitchen all day and was very entertained by my frustrations.