Thought I'd talk about cooking today. I like to cook. And I won't say that I'm a great cook... but I think I'm a fairly good cook. I can make all the normal dishes like beef and pork roasts and various chicken dishes. We eat a lot of chicken here. Some of our favorites are Chicken Tetrazzini and Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas.
I do have my own way to do boneless pork chops which marinades them overnight in salt and sugar and then pounds them, seasons them, and pan fries for 4 mins per side, then take them out and add brown sugar, chopped garlic, and butter to the pan.... return chops to pan and cook in oven for another 10 mins. - result is tender garlicly buttery sweet pork chops!
We don't eat a lot of beef. But I do hamburgers on occasion... and Shepherd's pie, and of course meat balls and spaghetti.
I'm the only one in the house that likes Salmon... so when I cook it (at least once a week) I cook the boys something else. And I cook it the way I ate it in Alaska... with butter, garlic, brown sugar, and honey - so good!
Stuffed artichokes are another favorite around here... and we (DH and I - not grandson) love most fresh veggies. Fresh steamed asparagus with a little salt, pepper, and brown butter is great... as is fresh Brussel sprouts with a little salt, pepper, brown butter, and bacon!
Grandson is 21 and although he loves most of my cooking, he isn't fond of asparagus, Brussell sprouts or broccoli. He will eat corn, green beans, and salads. Luckily he does like garlic as I use it a lot along with onions, celery, and bell peppers in my cooking... use a little kosher salt and fresh ground pepper too.
And although I don't generally eat potato salad or chicken salad when out ... I do really like my own!
And I love cooking magazines and shows... if they're doing recipes that don't take beaucoup ingredients. If it's too complicated, I shut down.
My mom's 'called for' dish every Thanksgiving was Oyster pie. She made the most delicious oyster pie... and served it before the main course (Turkey, etc.). I think all of us wanted that oyster pie more than we wanted the turkey. It was so-oo good.
(if you are not aware, oyster pie, oyster patties, or oyster stuffing are commonly served at Thanksgiving in New Orleans).
Oh, on a semi-related subject... I never cooked at home growing up... never did much cleaning either (except maybe my own room). So once married, I had to learn on my own. We never lived close to family after college - moved right from LSUBR to Florida and then on to Texas. So although I did have access to family recipes, I had to figure it out without help. I think the first thing I ever cooked after we were married was 'scrambled eggs' (and I still like scrambled eggs!)
Well, that's probably enough about cooking. Do you have a favorite thing you like to cook or your family likes you to make? Or perhaps something another person makes that you just love?
(I love baking too... but that's a post for another day.)