Nothing feels better than to hunker down in warmth and quietness while anticipating a yummy warm soup supper that’s simmering on the stove. Soups are such a staple… you can always double the recipe and insure seconds and thirds for the following days. Bake some muffins or just have crackers handy, and you’ve got an easy meal waiting.
Timeless tips for your kitchen ~ 1. Pull out your mom’s egg beater rather than your big electric mixer for most batters. (I found this one at Williams-Sonoma… I love it!) 2. Another old fashioned kitchen utensil that can’t be replaced is a cast iron skillet. You can sear meat in a cast iron skillet hotter and more evenly You can use your skillet for baking frittatas (crust-less quiche), chicken pot pie, and cornbread in your oven. And of course, you must bake your Pineapple Upside Down cake in it! (Use a very light soap rinse to clean your cast iron skillet, dry and then keep it “cured” and ready to use again by rubbing in a teaspoon of vegetable oil before storing. Then your grandkids will still enjoy using your skillet!)
The first simple recipe that I had to master as a young mom was the art of the grilled cheese sandwich. It may seem easy to some, but I struggled to get that delicious and perfectly tasty sandwich. My mother-in-law…
I’m not a great cook. I can fry eggs, barely. I say barely because the other day I had to make scrambled eggs for my five-year-old McRae. Turns out she only likes egg whites. I’m not sure who told a five-year-old it was possible to separate whites from the yolk, but I am not terribly pleased with this person. Things were going well until I put the butter in the pan for too long and it kind of burned. Then when I dropped the eggs in, instead of fluffing up to a winter sky white perfection, they turned dark gray. They looked like a pan full of really depressing Counting Crows songs.
You know we refer to Jenny as the “Queen of Comfort Foods”… which includes all things hospitable, rich, sweet and yummy. So when Chudleigh’s asked to interview one of us about favorite sweets and dessert tips… there was no question who should be interviewed.