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For most of my young adult life, I worked a lot, ate out frequently and cooked occassionally, mostly the simplest of dishes, as I lived alone. Now I am in my mid thirties, and a homemaker with a husband, a baby and stepson, and preparing nightly meals. Learning how to cook well has been a wonderful adventure and the greatest gift for myself and my family.
I like simple, unfussy, frugal cooking. I collect recipes to help me generate ideas and to learn basic techniques, but I usually make them my own and personalize them according to my tastes. I am trying to master eyeballing amounts of ingredients, as I am loathe to bust out measuring cups and I am getting pretty good at it. I am trying to learn many ways to create delicious vegetable side dishes as I find salads to be rather laborious and expensive for everyday eating. Hopefully if I get good at it, my kids will like eating their veggies. My mom served canned green beans with margarine and salt at every meal and it turned me off of veggies for about two decades, unfortunately. My goal is to be able to create wonderful meals with a well stocked pantry and a few fresh ingredients, like it's just second nature. The more I do it, the closer I get.
The dish that I am famous for (in my house anyway) is my chicken pot pie, adapted from Christopher Kimball's Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook, personalized of course (more mushrooms, more wine, more crust!)
I find it hard to leave less than 5 stars when giving a review for 3 reasons: 1) I hardly ever follow recipes to a T. If there is something about a recipe that doesn't appeal to me, I usually make some sort of adjustment. 2) I usually choose recipes that I just know are going to be great. And 3) to me, all home cooking is excellent!