I am the mom of 2 boys and caretaker of my younger brother who has Downs. My boys EAT! They are all below the age of 15, so they are growing boys. I am a teacher and a single mom. I organized our first Youth Football League and presently am the High School Fishing Team advisor. Football and Fishing rule at our house. I have little time during the week to cook, so quick, easy and nutritious are my key words when cooking meals. I grew up with a mom who was at home, not working, and who loved to cook. We had lots of comfort foods and downhome cooking, some may call it "soul food" today. She was a preacher's wife and we had lots of potluck meals at church which I loved. So, my tastes evolved with casseroles and lots of old southern cooking styles. I don't have as much time to cook as my mom, so I try to use shortcuts, yet come out with the same results. It isn't easy to do, but I try. On any given night, I may have 3-6 boys eating dinner after football practices, so I cook BIG portions.
My favorite things to cook
Any Tex-Mex dish, but with my own flair. I love to simmer turnip greens and peas on the stovetop all day, throwing small cobs of corn and pork jowls into the peas to simmer. We also like fried catfish, but I have found that the Swai fish taste just as good and are cheaper to buy, with little or no trimming needed.So my favorite things to cook are those things that are quick, easy, nutritious and great tasting during the week and "soul food" on the weekends.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Comfort foods on the weekends, but I still like to make the foods healthy if possible.
I am a Texan so southern and Tex-Mex dishes are our favorites. Living on the Louisiana border, we also enjoy Cajun foods, like boudain and Jambalaya. Any way you go, we love SPICES!
My cooking tragedies
I was given the task to make Chicken Enchalada Casseroles for a Youth Football Banquet. We were serving over 200 players and parents. I spent one evening boiling and deboning 3 big boxes of chicken in my small kitchen. I placed them in the fridge overnight and assembled the casseroles the next morning, cooking them one at a time in my small oven. When the casserole was finished, I would cover it with foil and leave it sitting out because there was no room in my fridge for the huge pans. I took the casseroles to the High School Cafeteria about 5:00 that evening since the banquet started at 7:00. I noticed a strange smell as I entered the cafeteria with my pans, and thought it was just some soured food that had been thrown out. I put the pans in the warmer and at 6:45 we got them out to start serving. The smell was my casseroles! The chicken had soured! IT smelled Horrible! A smell you would never forget. We threw all 5 pans out. I was so embarassed. Luckily we had enough food to serve.