|Even my picky daughter loved the clam cakes!|
the most valuable lessons the ones that we learn from our parents?
I have always loved to cook. I like the calm that chopping vegetables brings after work. I love the smells that emanate from the oven, this week meatloaf, my husband's favorite. Some people have a bucket list full of action while I have a recipe bucket list in my head. I want to master a meatball recipe like my grandmother's. I want to master the chocolate souffle. I want to develop my skill for sauce-making--- bolognese, beurre blanc, bechamel. Last year I focused on soups, the hot smoothie. They are so easy that I am not sure why anyone buys soup in a can. I love how any vegetable can be an amazing soup without the cream. This year in homage to my daughter, ice cream, sorbets.
I love cooking for people. I enjoy going to potlucks, but when I invite you over, I want to feed you and enjoy your company. Your only effort should just be to come over. One year, however, I was in a dinner club with like-minded people/couples. We picked a country or region and hosted a dinner. The host provided drinks and the main course. The other couples brought one dish either an appetizer, soup, salad, and dessert based on the country or focus. I learned to cook Thai, Russian, Japanese, German, etc. That ended as lives got busy with children. I miss it.
I love cooking with people. Probably the earliest cooking memory that I have is baking with my mom before Christmas--all day. This fall I conquered the clam cake, a Rhode Island delight that no one in my family including my grandmother had quite mastered. Yet I did so with my step-dad--he on fryer, myself on batter. The secret is Drum Rock! I have cooked with my daughter by my side in the kitchen since she was 4 months old. At eleven, she is an accomplished baker, better than me because she pays attention. She always makes, bakes, and decorates her birthday cakes, she insists.
I love learning about cooking. Probably my most favorite indulgence of all is taking a cooking class at Truffles and Trifles. With friends, I have taken classes in Julia Childs, sushi, Thai, appetizers to name a few. What I like most about taking a cooking class is that I get to try many many recipes without buying so many ingredients. I am proud to say that I learned how to make a crepe. Would I make them for others? Not so much! I did love learning the secret of French onion soup- vermouth and other cooking secrets that my experience at Truffles and Trifles uncovered.
Cooking, however, is my hobby. It is not something that I want as a job. I love my day job. Besides ask my husband, doing dishes is not my strong suit!