“Cooking is 80% confidence, a skill best acquired from when the apron strings wrap around you twice.”
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Did you spend much time in the kitchen growing up? Paul has said that he never really learned to enjoy food until he met me. Not the eating of it, but the creativity of it. I still enjoy food. Every person has thier thing – for some it’s the casserole, the pie, the cake. My mom makes cookies – chocolate chip to be sure. My dad makes breakfast. I make pies. My brother makes pretty much everything. Paul enjoys it all.
I was a late bloomer to cooking. My college calories consisted of waffles, sandwiches and frozen pizzas. Somehow when I got married having someone to cook FOR made a difference. Both my friend Letha and my husband Paul claim that they taught me everything I know about cooking. In reality there have been many influences. My friend Sarah never owned a mixer yet constantly amazed me with her baking (especially with gormet pizzas in rooftop apartments). My grandma canned and preserved to her frugal heart’s delight, capturing the freshness of summer every year. Kara has never met a vegetable she didn’t like. I like finding out about my husbands culinary history too. This Christmas we made Pfeffernuise, a cookie that his Dutch grandma used to make.
I love thinking about this. Will my kids be just as mesmerized by warm homemade playdough as I am? What will they take from me when they untie the apron strings?
What have been you influences?