Recipe for Making Memories in the Kitchen
I enjoy cooking for my family. I prefer recipes that are fast and easy. Fortunately, I am surrounded by people who appreciate my effort, my recipes and seem to sincerely like the meals placed before them.
I readily admit that I play in the kitchen. I play with recipes by changing the ingredients to suit my families tastes. I play with cupcakes, cookies, desserts, etc, because I enjoy decorating the food. I mess around with it until I get the desired effect.
I also enjoy the company of other family members in the kitchen. So much so, that I consider us playing in the kitchen.
Since I began writing articles on Squidoo, I have been periodically sharing some of our kitchen adventures so you and your family can also learn to play in the kitchen. In this article, I will provide all of the links to the different kitchen fun articles I have published. So, without further ado, let the games begin!
My Own Personal Roast Recipe
This recipe is the result of trial and error. I just kept playing with different ideas until I found a tasty, tender way to cook a roast in the oven.
It has become a family favorite and I have allowed it to be published in several charity cookbooks over the last 30 years, but it is still my own original recipe.
Although I was very young when I developed this recipe, I still cook my roast the same way today.
See My Roast Recipe
Having Fun in the Kitchen
I started cooking when I was a child and still living at home with my parents. My sister and I both helped in the kitchen and it was not unusual for us to have real, honest to goodness food fights with the leftovers. We frequently made mashed potato balls and hurled them through the air at each other or any unsuspecting individual who entered the kitchen. We flung spaghetti noodles against the wall and said we were testing it to see if it was done. By dinnertime, there would be 10 or 12 noodles hanging from the wall on spaghetti night.
While I still enjoy throwing pasta noodles against the wall, I have found that test does not work with pasta shells. No matter how many pasta shells I have thrown against the wall, none have ever stuck. Perhaps someday one will stick. I'll just have to keep testing them :)
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Playing with Ingredients
Working in the kitchen with my sister was fun. We occasionally experimented with the food. Sometimes we would put a little extra pepper in one of our brothers' bowls of stew or add a little something extra to spice up their lives and the dinner table. Oddly enough, the boys consumed whatever we fed them and much to our distress, rarely noticed a difference. I only remember one brother gagging on hot barbecue sauce and believe it or not, we were not responsible.
These are the recipes I have never played with, never changed and never shared except here. My motto for this group of recipes is "you can't improve on perfection, so why try!"
Directions for making the pizza pictured on right, can be found at Halloween Haven
Playing with Your Food Recipes
These are some of my favorite recipes. They are really step by step instructions on decorating, so I call it playing with my food. Sometimes making these special treats can be messy, but they are always fun as you create your own original work of food art.
Don't just make these treats for your family. Grab your child, your husband, your sister or even your mother and make these treats with your family!
To see some of my favorite fun food articles, simply click the source link below each photo. That will take you directly to the recipe and tutorials for creating your own fun food.
Teaching an Old Dog, New Tricks
I am happy to say that I married a man who enjoys messing around in the kitchen too!
The Breakfast Buddy featured below is his delicious creation and when I wanted to learn how to grill, I asked him to teach me. He has always made the most incredible steaks! In the article below, I share his secrets as I take you step by step through my own "grilling" education.
Check out the Grilling Steaks for the Novice Article
Special Treat and Finger Food Recipes
My family loves fruit and chocolate so it only seems natural for me to dip fruit in chocolate. Once I started dipping fruit, it was impossible to stop! I think I dipped every type of fruit we had in the house, then ran to the grocery store for more. Of course, then I wrote an article about each one :)
Here is my collection of dipped fruit recipes. Be very careful though. Chocolate dipped fruit can be very addictive!
Taking Care of the Cook
Over the years, I have learned many things about cooking, about family and about fun. The most important thing I have learned, is that the three things go together. Have fun cooking with your family.
I watched my grandmother and my mother work in the kitchen during every holiday for decades. Too often, they missed out on the fun simply because the party was happening in another room.
I believe in bringing the party to the kitchen, enlisting help and taking care of the cook. Perhaps, I see it more clearly because now I am the cook, but I love to share ideas with others about how to have more fun with your family, instead of working alone in the kitchen. Believe me, you can create your own load of memories in the kitchen by simply letting others help in the kitchen.
A Lot of Good Food and A Load of Memories
I think it is because of my experiences and our experiments in the kitchen when I was a child, that I approach the kitchen with humor now. I still cook the old standards passed down from my great grandmother, grandmother and mother, but I enjoy creating new treats for my family too and it is even better when I get "help."
Over the years, a lot of good food and a load of memories have been made in our kitchen!
Easy Dessert RecipesClick thumbnail to view full-size
I am not going to tell you this recipe is extremely easy. It seems easy to me because I have been making it for 30+ years, but making candy takes a bit of practice to perfect.
While I tried to walk viewers through the process with photos, I know this is something that is simply learned by trial and error because the outcome when making candy depends so much on the climate of the day, as well as the altitude of a region.
Here is my Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe. It really is delicious!
Easy Beverage RecipesClick thumbnail to view full-size
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