My mother taught me to cook as a girl. She was a stay at home mom until I graduated from high school, so I never got the opportunity to cook much. She was a great cook, would throw down on some soul food. She didn’t allow us to cook though for some reason. Only thing she didn’t cook was breakfast, then that’s when my daddy took over. My daddy cooked breakfast on the weekends, he was the “Breakfast King”. The man flipped pancakes, made omelets, made biscuits and we assisted.
When I went to college, I lost that freshman 15 pounds. It was more like 25 because I was not prepared for college food at all. I took a mini refrigerator, electric skillet and plenty of Spam and Vienna Sausages but that still didn’t replace my momma’s cooking. I missed her cooking soooo bad. For those of you wondering, microwave ovens were just really becoming popular in our area when I graduated from high school. No microwave popcorn or anything like that.
I cooked for my boyfriend in 1983, fried chicken and it was a disaster. I missed that part of the lesson on frying chicken that when the chicken floated to the top, it was done. Also, not to cook everything on Hi as well. I cooked that chicken until it was golden brown, but it was RAW inside. I was so embarrassed, I wanted to impress him so bad. I was 21 years old, thought I was in love and I was so hyped about this meal. Needless to say, he ate the side dishes and told me it was ok. We stayed together for a few more months, so it wasn’t my cooking that he loved, lol.
You know how women say they love to cook? That’s not me, I cook because I have a family and we need to eat. Funny thing about it all is I can actually cook, I just don’t like cooking. I love to entertain and I’ll cook and buy prepared dishes for those occasions. I’m a neat cooker, I wash dishes while I cook, so when I’m finished I’m exhausted. I rarely eat my cooking, I’ll taste it but won’t actually fix a plate.
I have a pretty extensive recipe box which I have old recipes handed down from my momma, relatives and friends and ones I used to cut out of magazines. I still use them too. Then came along Pinterest. I no longer write down recipes, I don’t even share them on my Facebook page any longer. When someone post a recipe, I immediately go to Pinterest, search it and add it to my board, Good Eating. I have 296 pins and counting on that board. It’s one of my most popular boards on Pinterest.
Yes I have tried many recipes successfully from Pinterest. Most recently, Crock Pot Meatballs and today Pepper Jack Chicken. I used Swiss Cheese instead of Pepper Jack because my husband can’t take anything spicy. It was absolutely delicious. Everyone loved the meatballs until I told them one of the ingredients was grape jelly. I had to end up throwing it out. Now I did eat those, they were so tasty.
Dinner tonight was a success and I’ll keep the ingredients to myself, they don’t need to know.