I'm an only grand-daughter, an only daughter, I have 3 boys, ALL adopted which means I couldn't even BUY a girl & I have 2 grand-children...yes..boys. But I wouldn't trade any of it for any thing else! I've been married since 8 months after I graduated high-school and my Momma taught me Southern Cookin'! That's what I've done most of my life. But now, due to a serious back injury, I have to learn how to cook all over again. I can't stand at the stove anymore. That's a very difficult thing to change & accept for me. The UP side is, it'll help me find healthier things to cook for my Beloved Husband! That Southern cooking tends to put a middle on a man!
My favorite things to cook
As a Southern cook, I've always loved to make fried chicken, chicken fried steak, just about anything on the grill! Of course, I'd do the prep work & my husband does the grillin'. Even though we live in Wisconsin and there may be snow on the ground, or even falling down around us, it's still grillin' time for us! I'll make up some spicy baked beans to go with burgers or brats! I love making potato or macaroni salads, they go perfectly with bar-b-que. I also like to have a couple of jello or jello pudding salads when it's hot outside. But the kids still love chips with that kind of stuff.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My kids love a macaroni & cheese dish called "Wilcox Casserole" when it's cold outside & I'm in a hurry. My Momma has handed down a sausage & potato casserole that our family loves & I have NO idea where that came from. We have a Holiday fruit salad and a "jello & cottage cheese" salad that gets made for almost every big family gathering.
My cooking triumphs
My Beans, corn bread & fried potatoes can not be beat. I know it sounds like the ultimate in "easy" or a no brainer but there really is a technique in getting the beans just right and the corn bread just the right taste & texture. If you cook the potatoes in anything but bacon grease they're "french fries" as far as my family's concerned. And you MUST have "CRISPIES" in them in order for them to be done. I feel like I hae a lot of other "triumphs" but this is my husband's favorite.
My cooking tragedies
I spent about $60.00, some 24 years ago, on just the ingredients for a "Beef & Mushroom Pie" out of an English recipe book I got from a very dear friend. I followed it to the letter. It took me 6 hours, yes I said 6 (six) hours to COOK this dish!!! That was AFTER I prepared the little bugger! (My Granny was FROM England so I KNEW to call it a bugger.) My husband & our oldest son sat down, blessed our food, dished it out onto our plates. It DID look lovely! It was terribly hot so we blew on it to cool it before we took our first taste... I was the only one with the good sense to spit my bite out into the napkin! It was SO awful, even the DOG wouldn't eat it!!! REALLY, our little Penny Dog, who we THOUGHT would eat ANYTHING, put her head down & sulked her way to her bed!!! We had to throw it out & go out for pizza! THAT was so sad.