I LOVE to Cook ~
My mother gave me a great appreciation for cooking. She did it daily - for NINE people. Dad's likes/preferences always outweighed those of the kids - but whatever Mom cooked, it was GREAT!
I've spent many years working with various recipes, creating my own versions. Had a small catering business at one time, providing hot lunches/dinners to production workers at companies where I lived.
In this lens, I'll share some of MY recipes, and some of my favorite recipes from all over. You'll note that in MY recipes there are very few ingredient measurements - I believe in cooking by sight & taste: does it LOOK like you want it to look, and does it TASTE like you want it to taste. Always start with lesser amounts, and add if you need to - you can always put more in, but you can't take it back out!
The photo shown here is a pot of my beef/veggie soup.
One of our favorite main dishes is cornish hens. Here's how I cook them:
Put 2 cornish hens in a slow cooker with some chicken broth. Sprinkle on some garlic & herb seasoning. Let the hens enjoy their hot tub for 6 hours on low. Once they're done, I put them on a roasting pan in the oven @ 350 just long enough to let them turn a golden brown. They turn out SO tender & juicy! Slice the hens in half to serve four, or serve them whole for 2!
As side dishes I usually fix sweet potatoes, corn on the cob, a salad & toasted BBQ bread.
A summertime favorite for many people is pasta salad - and it's one of mine as well.
Here's how I make mine:
Boil some pasta until it's done - but not TOO done.
In a medium size bowl, mix together diced vidalia onions, sweet peas, chopped dill pickles, chopped black olives, mashed boiled egg (the amounts of each are determined by the size of the salad) with enough mayo to make it moist & some honey mustard. Add the cooked pasta & mix well. Serve either hot or cold!
Chicken & Stars Soup
I'm a big soup lover - all year round.
Here's how I make this soup:
Put some diced chicken in a pot with chicken broth & 1/2 stick of butter. Add some garlic & herb seasoning. Bring to a boil, then add pastini stars - the more stars you add, the thicker it will be when it's done. Reduce to simmer, and cook until the pastini is done (usually about 5 mins). Eat & enjoy!
A great variation to this soup is to add some mixed veggies & diced vidalia onion to it while it's cooking.
Diced Ham Salad
I love this one on Ritz crackers - makes good little hors d'oeuvres .
1 boiled egg - mashed
chopped pickles (or dill relish)
mayo & honey mustard
As always, I add ingredients to taste, not measurement, with the diced ham being the main ingredient (therefore having the largest quantity).
Mix everything together, serve either on bread as sandwiches, or on crackers as hors d'oeuvres.
My chicken noodle soup freezes well, so I make up batches, and freeze some for later. Just microwave & eat!
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