Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Amazing Cooks in my Clan!

I know it's been awhile since I've blogged on here, but I've had lots of catching up to do since our entire summer was spent in Washington, DC.  One thing I had promised myself is:  I would do my best to cook all meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner.  So far, I've been doing well.  Since our return from DC around the beginning of August, we have not eaten out, but we've picked up food maybe 3 times.  We've been very proud of ourselves.  It's cheaper, healthier, and I know the food is prepared in a clean manner.  There are benefits staying home to eat our meals.  We will continue to go out on occasion to celebrate, but not on a regular basis.  While we were in DC we toured George Washington's Mt. Vernon Estate and Gristmill.  While visiting the Gristmill, which is still operating to date, making cornmeal, we purchased a bag of yellow cornmeal. 

Today, I finally decided to make something with the cornmeal.  I made Ham & Cheese Morning Muffins.  They turned out delicious!  I made them without the green onions for the boys and simply because I didn't have any on hand.  Next time I'll make them half and half.  They are so soft and moist.  I can't wait for the boys and Blake to try them tomorrow morning for breakfast! (Or tonight, if they want!)  I took some pictures of the process of making the muffins and the final product.  I just had to share them with others.  Too bad you can't taste them.

I'm inspired to do more cooking, even though I must say it can be tiring.  I also think of my Granny who is an amazing cook, she can whip up an entire meal in a matter of minutes it seems.  She can make anything from chicken and dumplings to chocolate cream pie with a meringue about 3 to 4 inches high!!!  Just beautiful.  Next time I'm home, I think I'll document her cooking abilities and share them with you, and pictures too.

Granny holding her birthday cake that Sandy made

The other person I am inspired by is my step-mom Reina, she's also a wonderful cook.  She can make homemade green tomatilla sauce, salsa, pico de gallo, refried beans with soy sauce and fresh garlic, and the best breakfast burritos you can sink your teeth in! 

Reina's pico de gallo, spicy and great!

My Dad is also a great cook, but I'll never be able to cook like him, I'll just let him do the cooking!  He is the best food smoker that I know, he can make some ribs to 'die' for!   He makes it all in a wood burning smoker that he made himself out of an old barrel.  Another of my favorite is his 'fish N chips'.  He fries fish that he's caught locally, along with french fries or hush puppies (my grandmothers recipe), soooo good.  There's just something about eating this out of a brown paper sack when it's done.  He's pretty crafty and hands on in so many ways. 

my little brother Elliott, and my Dad

cooking ribs

the finished product

the Grill Master

Maybe all of these awesome cooks in my family are rubbing off on me just a little.  Well, I'm off to figure out what's for dinner tonight? Maybe some Diet Coke skillet chicken.  Hmmmmmm.......