Thanks to the Food Network, we’re getting introduced to a wide variety of new ingredients from the world over. Some of them are a curiosity, especially to author LoRee Peery~~~
I call myself a lump in the kitchen, even though I could make lumpless gravy at age ten. When our church gatherings invite pot luck or there’s a celebration of life, I head to the deli.
Recipes, especially those with gorgeous photos, draw in the reader. I’ve read some of the ingredients, only to be mystified. I’ve looked many up in the dictionary. My mouth recently watered at pictures of a favored comfort food~~Mac ‘N’ Cheese. (I substitute with quinoa or rice pasta because I avoid wheat these days.)
Hmm…pecorino cheese? Panko bread crumbs? Not even in the dictionary. Google claims pecorino is made of ewe’s milk and panko is Japanese bread without crust. Good Grief. One of the dishes was topped with small round buds that I deduced to be capers. Capers? To me, a caper is a light-hearted adventure. I guess these kinds of capers grow on a bush.
Where does a person even buy such things?
I grew up on simple fare, home-grown beef, chicken, pork, eggs; potatoes and other garden veggies. Fruit and maybe a cake were dessert. (My mom was a great baker, but she cooked without measuring, as my oldest daughter does. Their gifts are not mine.)
My dear husband claims to eat most anything, thank the Lord, and I have a few basic, practiced dishes that are favorites. I can do crock-pot meals. I can do salads that have close to all the food groups—good enough for us but not pretty in presentation for public consumption.
I know how to avoid disasters in the kitchen because I have experienced too many nightmare calamities to count. But for some strange reason I have a vast collection of cookbooks and recipes for my daughters and granddaughters to wonder over some day.
LoRee Peery is a lifelong Nebraskan who thanks her mother for teaching her to read when she was four. LoRee has devoured books ever since. She and her husband have tackled some interesting projects over the course of their married life. For one, they built the home they live in with their own hands. they used to want more acres further away from city life, but
one day LoRee realized they had their “greener on the other side of the fence” already. All it took was removing the hedge that blocked their view. She feels grounded in her sense of place and considers it a blessing to have lived most of her life in the country. LoRee is blessed to have five children and eleven grandchildren.
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