Why can’t I think of anything interesting to cook? I spend hours watching the Food Network, reading lovely cooking magazines and blogs about food. But, when the time comes to actually go to the kitchen and cook something really new and exciting, I have a devil of a time coming up with ideas.
One of the challenges is taking into consideration the likes and the dislikes of all of the various people who will be sitting at my table. My husband dislikes salads with anything except iceburg lettuce (how boring). When my Mom comes to dinner, she doesn’t like for me to cook steak or roasts. I have some children who like spicy food and some who don’t. I have a son-in-law who doesn’t like cooked ham. There are people who like casseroles and some who detest them. The more people, the more challenging it becomes. No wonder I pull my hair out!
Usually when my kids come home to visit, I try to cook the things I know are their favorites. So, inevitably, we end up with lasagna, spaghetti, meatloaf, fried chicken and the staples they’ve grown up with. I even have kids who ask for ham, beans and cornbread! So, I’ll wait on the glorious gourmet fare until all of them have gone back home. I’ll put away the wine and ccoking sherry and focus on lasagna or chicken-fried steak and mashed potatoes–piles and piles of it. I won’t do flan, but instead make buttermilk chocolate sheet cake. I guess the important thing is that everyone that sits at my table is happy and comfortable. Maybe every now and then I’ll sneak a new recipe in and it’ll go unnoticed, just for my own entertainment!