My motto: I believe in the power of good food, good company, and great laughs from the soul.
My love for cooking began when I was nine years old. I was the oldest girl of , at that time, five children (later six). My parents’ hands were full with children and work so, aside from our normal dinner cooked by my mom on Sundays, we had begun eating out nearly everyday in order to save time. I had no complaints when it was burgers, pizza, or the local cafeteria- where we went so often, the staff new our names-, but I did have a complaint about one thing. Fried Chicken. Don’t get me wrong, as an adult woman from the South, I do appreciate the comforts of homemade fried chicken- when it’s cold even more so; however, the fried chicken we had from the local chicken joints was like a death sentence for my taste buds. It was salty and didn’t taste anything like what my mom or grandmother would cook and pack in my lunch bag for field trips.
One determined afternoon, I opened the freezer, eyed over all of the uncooked groceries, and grabbed a roast. In line with what I’d watched my mom and grandmother do, I dunked it in a sink filled with hot water to thaw as I searched for some color and texture in the form of carrots, celery, potatoes, and some scents in the form of onions garlic, onions, and other seasonings. I threw it in this hot new product called the Reynolds oven bag. As the smell of a home cooked meal filled the air, something else filled within me. It was the realization that I had just created something- and it was good!
What I learned that day was that I had a voice- I had some way to communicate my creative energy to the world; that I had a gift. Looking back it never occurred to me how much I watched my grandmother and mom prepare dinners, lunches, and anything else. I never noticed that I was truly taking notes each time, and they were paying off! I could not believe it.
From that day, I cooked nearly anything I could get my hands on- even if I wouldn’t dare eat anything like it, myself! If it brought someone else comfort and enjoyment, while creating an opportunity for great conversation and fellowship, I was going to work my magic on it. I experimented with color, texture, consistency, smells, flavors, seasonings- everything. I had some horrible misses, and some extraordinary lands.
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