|About this recipe: (How I
began to like cooking and baking.)
This recipe is actually very special in a
different way. This very recipe is what gave me the confidence I needed
that I can follow a recipe.
My mom will be the first to tell you
that growing up she tried to get me in the kitchen learning to bake and
cook but I wasn't interested. I could only be found in my craft and sewing
room. The kitchen was the last place I wanted to be. I remember one
Thanksgiving when we lived in Illinois, the whole family came across the
US to visit us and the girls were in the kitchen baking and cooking away.
I was about 14 years old at the time. My mom and my grandmother came in my
room, (I was sewing when they came in.) and advised me to get up stairs
and help with Thanksgiving dinner. I made every excuse I could and said I
would be up to help "set the table." As they walked away I could hear my
grandmother telling my mom how I need to learn to cook for my husband and
family someday. I could hear my mom responding saying I have tried
everything mom, but all she wants to do is sew.
My mom did try... for years. I wasn't
being rebellious or anything like that I was just not like my mom and
Grand-mom that way who loved being in the kitchen. I thank my mom for
letting me be who I wanted to be and not forcing me to do something I
didn't want to do at the time. She let me create and sew and quilt, and
look what it has brought me today, a successful sewing studio where I have
taught kids and adults how to sew in the thousands now, and a successful
website where I can teach people all over the world how to sew things!
I was only married for about two years
when I worked third shift as an emergency travel agent for a large
company. On those nights when it was slow the girls would chit-chat about
recipes (which I was not interested in) and decorating their homes. One
day a co-worker brought in this recipe and said she would make it just for
her and her husband to eat while watching their favorite TV shows. I
thought how crazy she was, but she wrote it down for me and talked me into
trying it and that my husband would love it.
Well I followed that recipe and my
husband was so thankful and love it. I felt very proud and excited that I
made and that he ate all of it. I'm sure it's how my students feel when
they sew something for the first time. The success of that, encouraged me
to follow more recipes and try more cooking. Now my mom considers herself
to be a home-cooking type of person, and me a gourmet cook. I certainly
wouldn't go that far, but I sure do love cooking and baking now!