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I?m a naturalized Texan. That means I?m here by choice, not be accident of birth. I was raised in New Jersey where Mom was the queen of the kitchen and I cut my teeth on a wooden spoon, literally. My husband and I live on 6 acres (small for Texas) with horses, dogs, cats and a pet snake. My favorite foods are casseroles that I can dump leftovers in. The same with soups. My husband is an easy-keeper, fortunately, so he eats anything I put in front of him.
The first thing Mom taught me to make was a cream sauce and then gravy. She said if I learned that, all the rest was easy. She was almost right. I can?t make pie crust to save myself. Thank goodness for Pillsbury Redi-crust in a box. My bread machine is my other life saver. I won?t call myself a baker, having NEVER made bread from scratch. Speaking of life savers, try Ore-Ida?s frozen mashed potatoes. My family can?t tell the difference, except I?ve been asked to ?Please leave in some lumps?.
My favorite wedding gift to give is The Joy of Cooking. My favorite cookbook is The Atlanta Women?s Club Cookbook. This was a gift to my grandmother from Grandpa back in the early 20?s, and it was used when he gave it to her. It is full of personal favorites of the members, some of them I?m sure Grandmother knew. It also tells the new homemaker how to set up her kitchen, how to hire maids, cooks, and other ?servants?. It even gives a cleaning schedule so the whole house is cleaned each week.
My daughter, son-in-law and two grand-daughters live near enough that they can come over for weekends and since I love to cook for a group, it?s perfect. Some of our cooking traditions are: Thanksgiving ? my ?Micro-waved Turkey?. (I?ll post the directions on the site); Easter morning ??Goldenrod Eggs on Toast? (already posted); my ?Grandmothers Meatloaf? whenever we need REAL comfort food. I?ll post it also.