I can’t help it. I’ve never been to Manhattan, and any time spent on the East Coast was when I was very young. BUT I have wonderful memories of making friends in Maine, eating fresh seafood every day, and Dad coming back with huge stories after spending a day on a lobster boat. My take-away from that trip? CLAMS. Steamed, stewed, or chowdered. Clams are the best.
I love making seasoning blends from scratch – curry powder, taco seasoning, you name it. Maybe it’s a control issue, a little defiance against over-priced packaging from the store, or the fact that I don’t plan far enough in advance to know every ingredient for my menu. Either way, custom-mixed seasoning blends are the way to go.
I am a very visual person — things need to LOOK good, but still please all my senses. I also like to experiment. But when I find something that works well, I repeat it over and over. When roasting a full turkey, this is my go-to method. It may be strange, but the results are amazing!
I found a new obsession — smoked pork chops! Seriously! Whoever thought of smoking pork chops? Brilliant!!!
Every family has its quirks and weirdness. My family may just have more than our share, but I love them anyway! When serving spiced apple cider, we always call it “Spider”. Mash-up of words? Sure, so why not a mash-up of beverages???
I grew up eating “Chinese take-out” almost every Sunday after church. We picked up chow mein with extra rice packed in little white boxes and brought it to my grandparent’s house in Minneapolis. Life in the 1970’s meant it probably wasn’t very authentic Asian food, but it was tradition. And we loved it.