My mother came here from Ireland at 19. I learned to cook from her growing up here. She passed away a year ago and now I have a small farmette. A change from my 20+ years of urban living. Unemployed, I have developed a more self sustaining mode of living here. I have always had a passion for gardening and a love of animals. With geese, ducks, 1 goat, 2 huge dogs and my 2 felines who reside inside and the feral ones outside. I had promised my mom that I would care for "Her Boys". Grizzly and Mason were her dogs. I currently have a quarter size baby snapping turtle residing on my kitchen counter too!!! My Mom would have a fit!!! Release him next spring. BUT, I have had snapper soup with a little sherry, and it can be really good:) "Spike" may be in trouble. I have found that the simpler life is.... the better. How I missed my cell phone for a month, did not work here in this rural setting. I got over it. Love to fish, go to auctions and the smell of a good wood fire in my stove. The Best
My favorite things to cook
That simple saying, "Buy fresh, buy local". Cooking with fresh produce or meat makes all the difference in the world. Fortunately for me, I live in an area that is close to the Amish. Produce is abundant. Simple as it might sound, but fresh red beets, cooked and peeled. WOW. So sweet. I love to cook anything FRESH! My favorite thing to do with meat... (organic), is to marrinate and grill it. I love to grill even in snow, shoveling snow and smelling the aroma in a snowstorm somehow makes me work harder:) Of course of Irish ancestory, POTATOES. Mashed, Fryed, or baked or scalloped. Love the potatoe and REAL butter. Lamb is something that I love as well and can cook perfectly. Beware, some people do not like lamb though. I can cook the perfect, allnighter in the oven beef chuck. Brown it, season it and some good burgundy or red wine, beef broth, etc. I wake up in the AM and want to eat beef for breakfast. No this is done for the most amazing Shepherds Pie ever. Mmmmm, make myself hungry.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I really do not have any "Favorite" cooking traditions. It was always a way of life growing up. My grandmother would always make her traditional Gingerbread cookies. I really did not like the ginger taste. I am sure that now with a cup of coffee and dunking those hard bodies, I would be more appreciative of them. When my mother would make her homemade noodles for "Beef" potpie, as a young girl, I would eat the raw noodles!!! Raw dough, yum. Yes, I know about raw consumption of egg products. Hhhhhm, still here to give homemade noodles rave reviews!!! I will say that my mother butchered her geese. Again, young as I watched. Cried about that too. Ate that goose for Thanksgiving and another for Christmas. I love dark meat. So moist and tender. I watched, got older, and then after I got over the fact that it was going to be dinner, yum... I helped pluck the goose. I have now nicknamed this years hatchlings, "Thanksgiving" and "Christmas". They will be good eats. Who gets away, the lucky.