I Love To Cook.
It probably comes as no surprise that I like to cook. Not just bake, but cook and I’ve been doing it for as long as I can remember. My favorite recipes are those I learned from my mom. She didn’t write them down for me. I learned them by watching her. I would either sit in the breakfast nook or perch myself on the kitchen step stool (that my dad used to sit on when he was a child) and watch and talk with my mom as she made dinner.
No matter what we were having, we always had the southern supper trinity: meat, starch and a veggie, even if we were having soup. Her beef and vegetable soup was loaded with veggies, starches and of course beef. Her soup had the perfect balance of savory flavors with layers of acid (from the tomatoes), seasoning (she never shied away from herbs and pepper) and a solid soup base. Mom put an extra potato in the soup pot to cook, then would fish it out and mash it in a bowl and add it back to the soup broth as a thickener. I thought she was a genius.
Little techniques like that one (and she had a million of them) showed me early on to look at food from more than one perspective. For example, let’s look at cookies. Yes, they are perfect little self-contained desserts but they can be so much more!
Crush cookies, any flavor, into crumbs and mix them with just enough melted butter (typically 1 ½ cup crumbs to 6 tablespoon of butter), press them into a pie or tart pan, bake at 375° for 7 – 10 minutes for an instant, flavorful pie crust ready to be filled
Crush butter cookies and work in cold butter (one part butter to two parts cookie crumbs). Combine a mixture of 3 cups of your favor berries with 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch. Pour berries into prepared baking dish and top with crushed cookie and butter mixture. Bake at 375° for about 20 minutes for a delicious fruit crumble
Using a very small ice cream scoop, scoop out your favorite sorbet and sandwich between two butter cookies. (My favorite is raspberry sorbet with lemon butter cookies!)
The possibilities are endless! Explore your favorite combinations and share with us. We’d love to hear about your creations!