I did not grow up cooking well.
My Mom is not a beast in the kitchen just like her mother before her was not. And we grew up vegetarian so while I could prepare a meal, I was far away from being a throw down in the kitchen kind of girl. The only one on my Mom’s side of the family that could cook was my aunt. And that is because her husband taught her to after they married.
I had to teach myself how to cook things that appealed to Smoochy. You know…meat. The first few years of our marriage I’m pretty sure I went through hundreds of cans of cream of something soup! Glad to say I’ve progressed beyond those casseroles that got us through the early years :)
One day – about 6 years ago – I was telling a coworker I wanted to learn how to make dressing. So, she invited me over to her house and taught me how. I was so excited! And it’s so easy! Mine is not as good as my grandma’s (dad’s side) or my aunt’s but I’m pleased as punch to be able to make it.
Even now I’m not an outstanding cook, but I do okay and every once in a whole I’ll get a bee in my bonnet and work on adding new dishes to my repertoire. Though to be quite honest, baked chicken and meatloaf are in heavy rotation around these parts.
So today, I prepped or cooked my contributions to the Thanksgiving meal we’ll have over at my SIL’s. Baked mashed potatoes, dressing, pasta salad, a pound cake, and yellow cake with strawberry cream cheese frosting. So glad to be able to make a contribution beyond sodas and plasticware ;)
And now? I’ve got LG in the kitchen so she won’t be as clueless as I was. Whether she stays single or chooses to marry and have a family she will be far far ahead of where I was.
One thing I still can’t cook? Rice. Grew up cooking brown rice which Smoochy abhors. Tried to learn to cook white rice and just can’t do it. Even with a rice cooker. And now? I can’t cook brown rice anymore. Whomp, whomp. Maybe I’ll conquer it in 2014 :)
Do you cook? Who taught you? If you have kids did/do you teach them?
Did you do any Thanksgiving related cooking today?