I admit it, I am a foodie!
I am one of those people who takes pictures of what they cooked and post them on social media. I love to cook and I love to eat! I know it shows by my full figure but I don’t care. I love to create delicious dishes out of ordinary and sometimes not so ordinary ingredients.
My love of food started way back as a child. I was never really a picky eater. My sister had that department covered for both of us. We didn’t eat gourmet foods or even many things from scratch that I can recall. There was always a can of something or a bag of frozen this or that in every meal. I am a child of the 70’s and processed foods were the way to go back in the day. Many of the foods we have now were started back then. Now, however I have a more discriminating palate. When my kids were younger I joined a group for mothers of preschoolers called just that, the anagram was MOPS! In the town we live this group has many Amish and Mennonite families. I learned so much from these amazing women. Learning how to can food even though I wasn’t growing it at the time, was a very useful bit of knowledge. Who knew it would snowball into me increasing my passion for cooking and being creative with food. I learned to make jellies and pickles. I made and canned salsa and tomato sauces. It was a lot of work especially back then when I had kids that were under 5 years old.
Still, I love to make things ahead and freeze or can them for later consumption or to give away as gifts. I wish I could do more of this but my aging body and back issues limit how much I can get done in a day. Still, I keep doing what I can. We now have a pretty good sized garden and we grow much of the food that I can and freeze. It doesn’t get us through the Winter like some people, but it sure does make things easier to have homegrown, fresh foods frozen or canned at the peak of flavor. Besides if I keep doing it, when our kids have all moved out it will probably last just the two of us a lot longer.
I have worked to instill in my children the desire to cook. They all have expressed interest in learning. I have done some teaching here and there with all of them. I want them to be able to cook for themselves. I know as a young adult I didn’t really know how to cook much and as I got older I had wished I spent more time learning how my grandmother and mother did things. But along the way I have picked up and remembered many things that I didn’t realize I was paying attention to as a child. I recalled how my grandmother would whip up some homemade applesauce for us to eat. How she made the gravy out of drippings from a roast beef for Sunday dinner. These memories have allowed me to re-create the flavors of my childhood for my friends and family.
Many of the recipes I share I make up as I go along. I have never been one to really ‘measure’ or ‘follow a recipe’. Much to my husbands chagrin because he is definitely a recipe follower. He has branded my way of cooking as the Boston school of cooking, just because I was born and raised there. (He refers to the way I drive to the Boston school of driving as well….are you sensing a theme?)
I also adapt recipes that I have seen on television or that I find on the web to the way my family eats and foods we prefer. I will give credit to things I share that are not of my own creation. As I said previously I love to take pictures of my food so there will be plenty of pictures to share with you. I may even free up some space on my phone since that is what I primarily use as a camera these days.
I hope you will come back often and check out my recipes and maybe even find something that you like and add to your meal rotation. I have a little something for everyone. Vegetarian, Vegan, and Carnivores alike can find something to try.
As Julia Child used to say, ‘Bon Apetite’!!