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Guest Post – My College Roomate reveals my original cooking abilities

‘Amazing’ and ‘jealous’ are the 2 words that come to my mind every time I see one of Kristin’s meals on Facebook or read about it on her blog. Amazed that she can cook and jealous she couldn’t cook like this in college.
 
Kristin and I lived with each other for 2 years. The only 3 things I can remember her cooking were macaroni and cheese, chicken patty sandwiches, and toasted cheese sandwiches. Her toasted cheese sandwich recepe was 2 pieces of bread, toasted in the toaster with a piece of cheese between them, and finally microwaved. Her meals look much better now.
 
Grille Cheese
Not surprised she shops at Aldi’s, though. That was our favorite store in college!
 
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Posted by on February 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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I’m Loved

When I was in college, my mom was in the hospital having surgery.  To pass the time, she copied some of her most used recipes onto note cards and gave them to me in an index card box.  It was blue and plastic.

I lived in a dorm and had no access to a kitchen.  I hadn’t even cooked much with my mom growing up.  There are a few classic pictures of me licking the beaters and such while making cookies or cake.  But, my main kitchen job was unloading and loading the dishwasher.

I cook much differently than both my grandmas and my mother.  Mainly, I cook less casseroles and ‘comfort food’.  We eat more fish and less fish sticks. Basically the difference between cooking in the 60s, 70s and 80s and cooking today.

But, there are definitely go-to recipes from that box.

I’ve belonged to a playgroup/coffee group for ten years.  We take turns hosting on Tuesday mornings.  I ALWAYS make banana bread.  My mom’s, and I assume Grandma’s, recipe. I don’t need to use the recipe card anymore – the recipe is memorized.   But I get it out every time anyway.

It’s a good thing I don’t need it – because this is what it looks like.Image

We cook for others to feed them – mind, body and soul.

This recipe reminds me every time – I’m loved.

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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The next best thing since sliced bread

I still remember the weekend I met my future in-laws.  My husband and I were dating and I was traveling to his hometown with him for the weekend.  We were making the trip there because I had a college friend having her wedding shower (my college friends being from his hometown and me not meeting him at college – that’s another blog post).

His dad, my future father-in-law, had made homemade bread.  It was really good.  The kind of really good that on the drive to their house the second time I asked “do you think your dad will have homemade bread again?”  

And over the next couple of years I continued to ask that same question.  I guess I’m a slow learner.  This wasn’t a phase of his father’s where one day we would visit and *gasp* we would be served regular store-bought sliced bread.  

His father bakes bread.  He doesn’t sell it but he does SHARE it.

This story began back in 1997 and lucky for me, 15 years later there is still homemade bread.  After we had children, the kids took to calling it Grandpa Seed bread.  

My 12 year old daughter is quite the cook.  She has shown an interest in Grandpa Seed bread a few times, but she’s just now getting old enough to really be able to manage it on her own.  She is feeding the starter, baking the bread and now, most importantly, she’s sharing the bread.

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At mass this past weekend, it was announced that before Holy Thursday mass there would be a soup and bread dinner for anyone who would like to attend.  She asked on the car ride home if she could make bread to donate for the meal.  I assumed the answer would be yes, checked with the coordinator, and was thrilled when the answer was both a  yes and ‘wow, that’s exciting!’

What have I learned: there is something better than sliced bread: Grandpa Seed bread.  A tradition handed down from one generation to the next and SHARED with those you love the most.

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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