When I was a young mother with two children and a very busy husband, I struggled in the kitchen and could not get motivated to cook, much less enjoy it. Based on the dinners I would cook, it is surprising my family even came to the table, and on top of that, ate them… and on top that, if they enjoyed it. Many days I would say to myself, “they are going to fire me as mom if it doesn’t get any better than this.” My children’s excuse was that they didn’t know any better and had only had my cooking. But my poor husband grew up with a mom that truly is one of the best cooks I have ever seen. Well, luck will have it that my mother-in-law and father-in-law had to move in with us for about two years while their home was being built. This truly ended up being one of my most cherished moments in life thus far.
I was so excited about having my mother-in-law in my house, cooking side-by-side with her, and learning from someone who had the wisdom and experience in the kitchen for everything from just the basics to the very skilled tools in cooking. While my excitement was great, let’s face it; I was about to show my horrible cooking skills to my mother-in-law. SCARY! But she handled her student with tender loving care and the process began.
I began learning things that I would have never been able to learn if I had not had this experience. I am ashamed to say that it was not until this point that I even was comfortable to boil an egg. As I watched and took in every moment of every night as her trusty assistant, I learned the way food looked when it was done, smelled when it was time to come out of the oven, and celebrated this newfound appreciation for my kitchen. There were times in this experience that, though I never knew her mother, I felt like I was in her kitchen, too. You could tell that the second nature cooking had come from generations teaching each other the love of food. So my goal is to share with you my mother-in-law’s expertise in the kitchen and the home that she so lovingly shared with me. She has always told me, “a smart woman puts her heart in her home.” So I want to share a piece of my mother-in-law’s heart that she left in my home. Keep a lookout for my how-to’s that will be coming in the near future.