Tuesday, September 24, 2013
I've mentioned before that I'm really not a very good cook. I make dynamite crescent rolls, and a fine chocolate sheetcake, but most of the rest of my efforts go into the edible-but-not-memorable category. (Huh. I just realized that this is one more example of my willing semi-competence. I'm beginning to think that trait defines my life.)
I was fortunate that the Boys and Husband weren't picky--once they reached the age of knowing it was pretty nice to have supper waiting for them when they got home, the Boys would eat almost anything if it didn't include (in the case of Boy#1) tomatoes or (Boy#4) mushrooms. Husband won't eat lima beans or egg salad, both of which I'm just fine with omitting from our menus. Of course no one could eat the experimental Cheesy Shrimp Grits that I tried a decade or so ago and which had the consistency and gustatory appeal of wallpaper paste. Wallpaper paste that required about $24 worth of ingredients and which Our Dog Pepper loved, but none of the rest of us could swallow. But hey--Cheesy Shrimp Grits became the absolute bottom of the food chain in the House on the Corner. If something didn't turn out just right, someone was sure to say, "Well, this may have poisoned us, but it wasn't as bad as Cheesy Shrimp Grits."
Anyway, now that they're out and living in their own apartments the Boys have discovered that some of the things I cooked that really weren't all that good also really weren't all that bad and they're asking me for recipes.
"King Ranch Casserole and anything else you think I might want to cook," Boy#3 specified in his request.
That was easy enough--KRC is on the internet in about eleventy-seven places so I sent this recipe on, then I opened my cookbooks to see what I've cooked over the years. It's not hard to find those recipes: The pages are grease-stained and steam-crinkled. Wonderful Waffles. Betty Crocker's Beef Stew. Molasses Crinkles. I'm typing them all out to distribute.
And now the Boys can start their own food legends in their own homes. One of these days they'll be cooking for me, and I can't wait.
Until then, moms out there, what recipes are you passing along to your kids?
Posted by MomQueenBee at 10:57 AM