Nov. 23, 2010 7:02 pm
Updated: Oct. 15, 2011 3:53 pm
We have a family bible at our house and it's not a traditional one. Or maybe it is...
Our bible is the McGovern Book of Recipes--a collection of my mother's, mother-in-law's, step-mothers, mine and friends of mine that I've lovingly collected over the years. Funny how those years keep adding…
My father's Chinese and my mother's an American mix. Growing up in poverty lends my cooking thriftiness, practicality and creativity. As far as food goes, I believe it's better to have too much than not enough....I'd be horrified to have anyone leave my home hungry.
My favorite things to cook
Cantonese everyday, Mexican, Italian, and lo-carb. I've tried just about every diet there is (lo-carbing it at the moment), including Macrobiotic, Vegetarian and Vegan, so I've gathered lots of experience cooking unusual ingredients (plus the Chinese eat EVERYTHING)!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Center around breakfast: Homemade cinnamon rolls for our anniversary, Red Velvet Cake for birthdays (got to have a piece for breakfast) and German Pancakes (Puffed pancakes with butter, powdered sugar and lemon)for a special treat on weekends. Breakfast is my favorite meal, oh, so many possibilities...
My cooking triumphs
A Family Reunion Crab Feast on the back porch, summer of 2009! Cracked, cleaned and cooked all the crabs, also cooked up clams, mussels and served fresh oysters with a cilantro mignonette. All topped off with hot garlic bread! Nothing beats fresh seafood with family on a hot summer night.
My cooking tragedies
Alas...too many to list. The latest casualty was a double recipe of Spanish Rice. The recipe called for 2 t of salt (for each recipe) and I knew better but I followed the recipe. I was able to salvage the saltiness by adding in some plain rice and it turned out perfect! There's that creativity and thriftiness at work!