I have a reputation for cooking well. There are a lot of factors that go into that reputation.
Two, is that I own Mastering the Art of French Cooking. When I received this cookbook last year for my birthday, I sat down and started reading it. I know that sounds a little strange but seriously, there is so much information and instruction in this cookbook that just reading the introduction increased my skills and abilities. It is a wonderful book.
The finally reason that contributes to this reputation is that I love food and I love making food for others. At family gatherings I volunteer to make something...usually difficult and elaborate. One year family was coming in for Thanksgiving and since everyone was in a hotel no one was able to contribute to preparing the meal therefore catering was brought up as an option. I was willing to do it all myself just so that we could enjoy the pleasures of homemade food together.
The funny thing is, I don't think that I have any special talent or gift in this area. Many of my creations BOMB! Boo's birthday cupcakes were made twice because the first time flopped so badly. I have even burned a frozen pizza. For 8 years of marriage I have wanted to be able to make a roast that was moist and tender and full of flavor. Tonight, I actually accomplished that goal.
It was a risk to begin with because when my family doesn't like a meal it is a lot of unwanted food. Yes, they have to eat what we give them but often times they would rather go hungry then eat dry-over cooked beef, too spicy chili, or whatever else flopped for dinner. The pork roast had been on sale though and potatoes and onions are cheap. I was also reminded by my DH that I had the resources and the desire to figure out HOW to make something better. I guess I had never taken the time to actually do it.
I pulled up Google and asked "how to make the best pork roast." My short study taught me about brining, why to do it and why not to, and cuts. I pulled out my pork and saw that it was a three pound shoulder...no need to brine.
At this moment I realized that I had too much time before dinner to keep cooking at 350 degrees. I lowered the temp to 200 and poured in the onions, potatoes and butter. Back into the oven it all went and I started basting every 45 minutes. The result was...not amazing...but it was good! The satisfying ending to a cozy, cool, rainy day.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Let's try this again. It is birthday season and soon Christmas will start. I am in full "planning" mode for what to make and I have completed some projects. My problem, trying to get pictures of them so I can show you. I will do better! It has not been an entire year since I last posted so that is a little encouraging but two posts a year is not a very good record. Again, I will do better!
My niece celebrated her first birthday a couple of weeks ago. They live on the other side of the country so we were not able to be there HOWEVER I was able to get Boo to model her wonderful present...legwarmers. Yes, they are all the rage these days and so easy to crochet. http://hooked-on-crochet.blogspot.com/2008/01/livie-legs-free-original-pattern.html This is the pattern that I used and I am now trying to adapt them for older children and using different yarn and stripes and all that fun personalizations.
There is more to follow since Boo had a birthday and I made some different legwarmers for her. Stay tuned...be patient...I will get there.