If any of you are looking for a blog topic to expound on- I have one here for you. Can someone write a post on the “secret” of being a good cook?
It seems there is insight to be had, that I have never gleaned.
Like, how can 3 different women all follow the same recipe and only 1 of them makes it fabulous! Know what I mean?
When I was growing up, my sister and I could have named any 1 mom we knew, and we could say if we liked going to their house for parties or not, based on if she made good food or not so much. (Honestly, 99% of the moms we grew up with, were fab cooks, those Mennos…) And I am sure all these moms used the same ingredients.
My mom is a wonderful cook, everything she makes is good. I have spent a lot of time at her house lately, because of being laid up, and I realize I do not have the gift she has. People eat my food, but they never GOBBLE it up in delirium. Why? My mom can make anything, and it tastes like you want the recipe, more than you might want a piece of gold.
I have searched for a blog-post on this topic and never found one.
Are good cooks, good because they look for ways to make their food special?
We have had a lot of food brought in lately, and I noticed someone made an exceptional cheeseburger soup (likely the same recipe I use!) and it was just awesome. One of the things I noticed was, she used the little matchstick potatoes instead of big square ones like I would have used. Galen says, it’s the small details that count. (He says that other times. Not in this particular situation. I thought it might apply here?)
I’m not really talking about presentation either- because I think I am the queen of: Faux Homemade. The boughten Paula Deen pound cake– dolled up with real lemons and extra powdered sugar on a cake stand to make it look “pretty” and “homemade”. Secrets out, church friends.
It’s something beyond this. When I make food for people they will say it’s “good”, but I am not a cook that gets raves. I am okay with this, BUT, I would love to get better. It is a skill I wish I had.
I am also the type that would rather do anything, than spend time in the kitchen. Is there truth in the thought that things really can be “made with love”? It almost seems like it is a real thing. Like you can feel the love in a soft pumpkin bread, fresh from the oven (my mom).
I guess a thought I had on all this was: Just because someone orders 100 things from a Pottery Barn and West Elm– does not mean that when they take all these things home, they will arrange them so they look… A!WESOME. They might look kinda crappy, or silly. I think arranging things is a gift. (Another subject I wish someone would write a blog post about.) So in that same way– it might explain why 2 people can follow the same recipe (with even mostly the same brand of ingredients) and have the end result, evoke a totally different feel.
I would love to read on this subject in depth. Anyone up for the challenge?
And by all means! Leave insight in the comments. DO NOT HOLD BACK. DO NOT ACT MODEST. I want your secrets– so do not be ashamed.
love ya in advance, jenny