Posted by: literallydelicious | April 21, 2011

Young Cooks

Saturday night we celebrated my niece’s birthday with a dinner at her house. Her younger sister did the cooking — buffalo-style turkey burgers, which were delicious. Their mom added baked beans and cole slaw, and of course there was cake and ice cream.

The younger sister, Kate, has a passion for cooking. She started taking it seriously a few years ago, and she’s not only good, but fun to talk to about food. She worships at Rachael Ray’s feet, but adds her own spin to the dishes, and she’s always so excited. We share one philosophy in common: cooking is best when you don’t have to clean up afterward.

I started cooking when I was a kid. Mom worked outside the house, and my sisters and I helped out with meals and house cleaning. After we got married, I cooked out of necessity and didn’t really enjoy it a lot. I had a few recipes we all loved, but my only passion food-wise was going out to eat.

I’m not sure what changed my attitude. Just one day I found myself cooking more often, trying new recipes, tweaking them to my own tastes, and then I was hooked. I don’t like shopping for groceries or cleaning up afterward, but I do love cooking. I’m not quite as passionate about it as Kate, but it is great fun, and it’s great to have someone to share it with.



  1. I love to experiment! Trying new recipes are great, the clean-up…not so much.
    Thanks for letting us know about Kate!

    • It’s great to be part of a family that has so many willing — and great — cooks! And my oldest sister is a really great cleaner, so it works out well.

      • Hmm, could I possibly have used “great” once more in that comment???

  2. Dad is a great experimenter. One Thanksgiving he put jalepinos in the cornbread dressing. I got dibs on making the dressing after that. LOL.

    • Hmm, I think that has potential. Depending on how many of the little suckers he used and how hot they are.

      I like experimenting, and the family gives their best shot at being guinea pigs. They all have pretty tame tastes, though, so I’ve made more than a few dishes that they just took polite servings from (the crab salad appetizers were a huge flop — turned out NO ONE liked crab except Bob and me). Yet they’ll forgive me ANYTHING in exchange for jambalaya and Italian cream cake from time to time. 😉

  3. I don’t blame them. You make the BEST jambalaya ever. That’s good stuff!

    • Yumm, doesn’t that sound good with a follow-up of bread pudding??

  4. Any new recipes to share, Miss M?

    • I’m going to get back on track, I swear!!

      Right now I have a pot of green beans and new potatoes cooking. Yumm!!

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