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Cooking Light

Things are moving slow.  I have lost a total of 10 pounds.  Ten whole pounds. … Sighing to herself…  I would like to add some more digits to that total, but I will take what I can get. On shopping trips, I buy every low-fat, no fat, some fat that I can afford.  Being on a strict budget, it is hard to find the resources to eat healthy.  It seems like as I put the food in the cart, it has already gone up in price before I check out.  In order to speed up my weight loss and eat healthy, we need to cook at home.  This is a must.

I have been pouring over cookbooks, recipe sites,anything to make our meals more healthy.  I found this site.   It has substitutions for baking and cooking, from A to Z.  Since my husband is a diabetic, I found this site, Allrecipes.com.   It has recipes, videos, menu planning and an interface for a shopping list.  I can’t wait to get started.  Kitchen, here I come(and I hate cooking), I mean kitchen here comes my husband.

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Thank God for Mama

I remember my mother telling me how she felt like she had no windows or doors.    No way to climb out of the situation that she was in.   Through out it all, she still had God to depend on to get her through the day.  Her faith is even stronger today, than it was back then. As a single parent, I can relate.  My mother grew up hard and had a hard life.  Trying to take care of three children on her own.   She was also very sickly.   She took care of us the best way she knew how.   I never lacked love from my mother.     We(my sister and brother) lived in a two bedroom apartment, and I slept with my mother until I was about 12.  I had hand me downs galore.   Until now I never knew how happy I was in that tiny apartment.   My mother had the only tv and on special nights we would pile up in her bed and watch roller derby, Family Classic and Jubilee Showcase.  She loved watching wrestling and her soap operas.  She would rise about 5 every morning and sit at the kitchen table, looking out the window, reading her bible or one of her romance novels.   Dinner would be done by 9 am.   All we had to do was heat and serve.  I use to wonder what she thought about looking out that window.   She told me  she thought about ways to take care of her family.    She knew how to wring every drop from a dollar bill.   She also taught me about life, myself and trusting in God.   

One of her best lessons was in her cooking.    My mother prided herself on her how good a cook she was.   She learned from the best.  My grandfather.  He taught her and she taught us.  She was well taught.   But because she had three children to feed, my mother had to make the most of what she was given and give the most of what she was making.   Here is how she was able to feed 3 three children who ate like 10.

Lets start with my favorite food day

Sunday menu:Neckbones in gravy with potatoes, fresh cooked mashed sweet potatoes, cornbread, greens(mustard, turnip, collard), potato salad.   The best meal.  Sometimes we would have ham or maybe chicken.  I am smacking my lips just thinking about it.

Mondays menu: Remember the ham from Sunday’s dinner.    That meat and bone would be used the season the Red Beans and Rice for dinner.  Leftover cornbread accompanied the meal.   We had Red Beans and Rice every Monday, with or without the ham bone.   I forgot to mention, Red Beans and Rice is a  staple of New Orleans, LA.  My mother was born in Baton Rouge as were my grandparents.   Enough said.

Tuesday’s menu: Always meat loaf.  If there was any cornbread leftover, was held to Wednesday. 

Wednesday’s menu: Chili.   Made from the leftover Red Beans and leftover meatloaf.   I told she knew how to stretch a dollar.

Thursday’s menu: Chili, if there was some left over.   For special occasions we would have pot roast(I don’t think I have seen a pot roast in a very long time).  We didn’t eat the pot roast.  It was used to make hash.  Cole slaw rounded out the meal.

Friday’s menu:Always fish(cat or buffalo), spaghetti and left over cole slaw.

Saturday’s menu: Hamburgers and french fries, always home-made.  We sometimes had hamburger buns. 

Of course there was variations on meals, but this was it  while growing up.  It brings back memories, smells and devotion.   I wishes I had pictures of these fantastic meals.   My cooking  veers in other direction these days, but I long for the good old days.  Thank God for my mama.  Where would I be today.

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Home Cooking

I am a very fortunate woman.  I love to eat, but I hate to cook.   Iam blessed to have two of the best cooks in the world, in my life.  My son and my husband.  Though my son cooking talents came out late, it does not take away from his skills.   He has a notebook of recipes that he has tried and will try.   I do not foresee a future in cooking or chefing(I just made a new word), but he makes a mean casserole.  His true passion is art.  I will displaying those talents at another time.  Time to talk about food.

The talents of my husband is not to be outdone.  I thought I was only getting a cute bald man, who looked good in his jeans.  Little did I know, my stomach and my ever-expanding waistline were in for a rare treat.  I will post  his credentials and picture later (I don’t want women to get jealous).

I learned of my husband’s cooking career over several dates, meeting and get together.  A man who likes to cook,  I was in heaven, and so was my children.  One of his first dishes was a rolled stuffed pork loin.  It caused quite a stir.   The stir was I did not get a piece.  My son happened to hide the remaining roll and ate it by himself.   Let’s just say, he is not left alone with food anymore.

Throughout all the meals that he had cooked, what has really impressed me was several things.  His ability to from freezer to table in under one hour.  He can make a meal out of air, thoughts and dreams.  It amazes me that he can take a few ingredients and some meat and your plate looks like it has a mountain of food on it.  He has fed over 10 people in one sitting, with one pot,  and everyone is satisfied.

He has never burnt a meal.   The plate’s are decorated as well, colorful, delicious and perfection. He even fixes my mistakes(I do cook on occasion, ok let’s be truthful, I cook about 4 times a year).

He is truly a culinary artist.  His calling card is a delicious and satisfy meal.  He wears a proud grin when he sees his family finish their food.  Excuse me now, he is heading toward the kitchen.  I gotta go.

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Add a little sugar

I have some more posting to do, I but I have been holding on to this one for a while.   Her name is Joyce.  She can cook.  I usually buy her pound cakes.  They are big, tasty and satisfying.   My husband who is a trained chef, always wants me to buy a cake a week.   That is how much he adores her cakes.   I had planned on doing a full spread on Ms. Joyce, but we have never got around to it.   So I am going to put it out there.   Now I have permission to use her picture and name, I have not gotten permission to give out her phone.   I will be back with that one once I get the ok. 

I like this lady.  I believe she is very shy and she happens to be one of the nicest people I have met.   We both work at the same school and you should taste her bar-b-que sauce and her ribs.  Oh my God, what a tasty threat.  Ok, I got sidetracked for a while, but seriously, she can burn.   I want her to shine and want the world to know how wonderful her cakes are.   So without further ado, here is Ms. Joyce and her soon to be world-famous pound cake.  Please excuse the  missing piece.  My husband was chomping at the bit.

 

She is a very nice lady.  I like the color blue on here as well

 

 

 

 

 

Now for the Masterpiece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see a sizeable chunk is missing.  Some people have no consideration.   Truth, this cake only lasted two days.   When it’s good, its good.

 

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