Occasionally I like to repost something from back when I was blogging on Live Journal & had a different audience than I do now. This post originally ran in July of 2006 & came from a Christmas in July theme prompt on a scrapbooking site I used to frequent.
The prompt today is to write about a favorite family recipe and to do a layout of it for the CIJ Holiday recipe challenge.
I don’t know if I’ll get a layout done & here is the reason – we don’t have recipes in my family, unless you consider opening a jar or can or box to be a recipe. I always joke that my spaghetti sauce is my Mom’s secret recipe…no one can open a jar of Ragu like my Mom can!
Mom doesn’t really like to cook. She had a husband & 2 kids to feed so she cooked, but I think easy & efficient were the main points she was going for in her meals.
Nutrition too I suppose – though I don’t think boiled to death canned green beans or boil in a bag cauliflower with cheese sauce are really brimming over with nutrients, but then I am still working to overcome my dislike of veggies & I blame those things for causing it, so I don’t have much good to say about them.
I don’t blame Mom & I am not knocking Mom for serving them. I genuinely *enjoy* cooking but being expected to produce dinner for 3 other people nearly every night does take some of the fun out of it. I use frozen veggies myself, only they don’t come smothered in cheese sauce (cheese sauce is evil).
I don’t remember most meals my mom made except meatloaf & something referred to as ‘chili’ that would send chili lovers screaming from the house in horror. (ground beef, tomato paste, can of kidney beans and a dash of garlic powder. I have no idea why it was called chili, but nearly every mom in the neighborhood made it)
Dinner was generally a piece of plain cooked meat, potatoes of some sort (mashed or boiled usually, occasionally she got out the slicer & we would have baked french fries), a veggie of the canned or frozen variety and sometimes a salad.
Nothing wrong with these meals, but none of them were really family recipes if you know what I mean. I tend to think of baked goods when I think of recipes. Or stews, lasagna, that sort of thing. Things with more than one ingredient.
I don’t know for sure, but I think my grandmothers felt the same way as my mom did about cooking. I don’t remember either of them enjoying cooking. It was just something you had to do – and usually involved putting a ham in the oven, setting some potatoes to boil & walking away until it was time to mash the potatoes & heat up the canned green beans.
At both grandmothers’ homes.
They all served canned green beans, even when they had fresh in the garden (those had to be saved for canning). I cannot now eat green beans in any form.
My foremothers embraced agribusiness with all the fervor of a religious convert. Glory Halleluiah! Hamburger Helper!
I may have to hunt up a photo of a can of green beans and do a layout about it. The recipe is simple- open can, pour in small pot, bring to a boil, leave simmering a good half hour or so to heat thoroughly. Serve.