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I was only 11 
Nov. 28, 2011 6:43 am 
Updated: Nov. 29, 2011 6:12 pm
I was only 11 when my mother had to be hospitalized and had surgery at Thanksgiving time.  My Dad had invited his boss and wife for dinner.  I was 11, my little brother was 4.  Dad said he would cancel the meal, I said "I can make it don't worry".  Well, in retrospect I realize he was very brave and had a lot of faith in me, because the invitation stood. 

I made the entire meal, turkey,stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls sweet potatoes with marshmallows, cranberry sauce and the obligatory green vegetable, (don't remember what it was), and frozen but freshly baked pumpkin and cherry pies.  The "Boss Lady" was horrified when she realized I was 11 and alone with the bird in the kitchen.  She kept coming in and trying to take over, I kept shooing her out.  Finally, I told my Dad to keep her out.

Dinner was served, everything was ready at the same time, the food was hot, it all tasted good and you should have seen that lady's face.  I made my Dad proud.  Great memory some 50+ years later.
Nov. 28, 2011 6:48 am
Thats a great story! You must have been a decidedly composed 11 year old, there aren't many that could have pulled that off.
Nov. 28, 2011 7:31 am
well my mom had taken to "not liking to cook", now in retrospect of course, I realize she was not feeling well. I had just started cooking a short while before thanksgiving. And I did so well, I did most of the cooking in the house forever after that TDay dinner. Mom cleaned up the kitchen. Again, in retrospect, I probably got the better end of the stick, as I am sure I was not neat and clean as you go.
Nov. 28, 2011 7:59 am
when my mom was sick, my dad would cook up 15 gallons of goulash or chili. I guess that was so we would not be confused on what we were having the next day.
Nov. 28, 2011 9:32 am
Wow, I am sure your mom was amazed! You are a take charge person, no wonder you are a nurse. Memories are a way of reliving the good old days~ Nice blog
Nov. 28, 2011 10:08 am
oh wow!! I'm so impressed.. I couldnt make a custard at 11... no, not even a cup of tea.. :)
Nov. 28, 2011 11:16 am
Good for you CG!!! And I'll bet your grandchildren are learning some important cooking and life lessons at your house - excellent!! Grandma's are always the best teachers!!
Nov. 28, 2011 12:36 pm
thanks for the kind comments. Most of the "teen meals" were not fancy but my mother remembered one of my first (before the TDAY meal) and she spoke of it just before she died. It was grilled hamburgers and grilled canned peach halves. She thought that was so sophisticated for an 11 yr. old to contemplate. I remember thinking it was no big deal, but to her it was and the memory stayed with her all those years (over 50). She used to say "I struggle to put out a meal, and all you have to do is look at the food and it's great". Well she sewed (I can't even sew on a button, ends up sewed to the skirt I was wearing as I sewed another garment on my lap), she was a talented artist, I can barely draw a stick figure, etc. So we are all blessed with our own talents and we are double blessed to know where to go for help for the stuff we fall short on.
Nov. 29, 2011 6:12 pm
Wow!! What a great story!! When I was 11, I made two aprons for a school project (sewing is my knack more than cooking), oh how my home econimics teacher was sooo impressed and gave me extra credit. My classmates did'nt take my talent so well, at first, till I pointed out THEIR gifts and talents. I ended up making friends with my classmates by making them an apron. It was no big deal!!
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About Me
I am a retired registered nurse. I have two fabulous grandchildren ages 10 and 7, they live only 1 mile from me so we cook together often.
My favorite things to cook
I like one pot meals, slow cooker, rustic fare. Lately, I am cultivating recipes for soup and have turned out some really good results, especially using curry seasoning. I am not a baker.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I make many of my mother's dishes. I like to entertain with just a wide array of appetizers sometimes, even though it is labor intensive.
My cooking triumphs
My Italian spaghetti sauce. My famous pot roast made in an oven bag. Appetizers.
My cooking tragedies
My latest debacle is making Pho, Vietnamese beef soup. Very labor intensive, many exotic ingredients, cook all day. I went to strain it through a cheesecloth lined colander and forgot to put anything under the colander. Down the drain it went; 7 hours worth of broth. Oh Well!
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