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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
My Cooking Roots
I recently made macaroni and cheese for a crowd, and while I am a well regarded cook, I hesitated to make an iconic food for relative strangers. My husband reminded me that by making macaroni and cheese for multiple occasions in my children's youth I had become known for it. It really is nothing particularly special, but it is a dependable meal of comfort food that does not fail to satisfy. I have been making macaroni and cheese from Anna Thomas' cookbook 'The Vegetarian Epicure' for literally 40 years now. I should have it down.
I went to college in the late 1970s and I had very close to no ability
to cook. My mother made a dozen apple pies each fall, and I peeled and
cut the apples for that endeavor. So I had reasonable knife skills and
the chocolate chip cookie recipe on the the back of the Nestles
chocolate chip bag, and off I went to school. To make matters worse, I
didn't eat meat and I really did not like the food in the mass prepared
food environs of college food services.
I joined a housing coop my sophomore year in college, and it was absolutely the best thing for me as a cook. I learned to cook there. I made bread often. I made ethnic food from places I had never been, or in some cases, places I had not eaten the food even in restaurants. It was not all good, but a lot of it was very good, and in the meantime, I learned. And I took chances. Thankfully my housemates at the time were very forgiving, and I still make things for a crowd that I have never made before. Occasionally the food is terrible, so bad that I sweep it off the table and into the trash. But most of the time it is good to great, and I have added yet another thing to my repertoire. And while I have dozens and dozens of cookbooks, I still return to these two from my youth.
Mother of four boys.
Co-owner of three dogs.
No cats, no fish, no birds.
I watch movies.
I quilt and I embroider.
I am a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a neighbor, and a friend.