It is back to school time for many, and it is the perfect time to start a cooking club. This time of year, I am constantly trying to find new and interesting meals for my family. It seems like I am always making the same old thing.
When my son was in kindergarten, a very thoughtful teacher came up with an excellent idea. She decided that it would be fun to get her students to submit their favorite recipe. She would collect these recipes and make a cookbook for the children to give their mothers for Mother’s Day.
With Cinco de Mayo approaching, it is the perfect time to throw a taco party. Few things are as versatile, easy, delicious, and crowd pleasing as Mexican food. Many food allergies are not a problem if you serve buffet-style with many Mexican favorites. For the gluten sensitive: serve corn tortillas and corn chips, along with flour tortillas.
My late mother-in-law became a fabulous home cook. Through lots of trial and error, a love of food, curiosity, and a hungry family, she became quite the hostess and chef. She loved all types of cuisine but I think she specialized in traditional southern food.
When my kids were little, we made a special treat whenever a jar of pickles was finished. We saved the juice, cut up a couple of chicken breasts or tenders, and marinated them in the pickle juice overnight. The next day, we would dredge the chicken pieces in some well-seasoned flour and pan fry or deep fry them in hot oil.
We are fortunate to attend a small church with a tight-knit congregation. Our children’s committee hosts a baby shower for each expectant family in our church and invites the entire congregation. The showers have developed into a light lunch immediately following Sunday morning worship.
It is January and our Mississippi temperatures are finally dropping (a little). I start craving soup when it’s chilly outside. After the first leaves fall, I get out my crockpot and start making soup. It is my comfort food of choice! Give me a bowl of soup, add in some bread or crackers, and I consider it a perfect winter meal.