I was setting up to do a blog post on a little dinner party I was having and I had to stop and wonder what made this event something of note? And it occurred to me, then, how rarely I do this—cook for others. I used to, back almost a lifetime ago.
There was a time when I was living my hippie life, on the beach on Vashon Island in Puget Sound, when I used to cook—for myself and others. I baked bread, letting it rise on the wood heater. I had friends over for sumptuous Sunday brunches. I harvested apples from my great great grandfather’s trees, making apple butter and apple sauce. But those days are long gone and with them, the memory of how I used to cook. I no longer have the recipes, the knowledge, nor the confidence.
So, while I would love to have friends over for supper, breakfast, tea or desert, I don’t, because I no longer know how.
And then I had the best idea. The fact is, you all are a tremendous resource out there. So I decided to ask for your help. I want your favorite recipes! Please.
Here are the primary guidelines: they must be simple to make (this is ME we’re dealing with here), using common ingredients—and delicious, of course. I’m thinking I’d like recipes for things that don’t require intense timing to bring to the table—so perhaps those that make up a meal in one dish like soup, for instance, or casseroles, that need only a salad to complete them (one of the few meals I make for company is roasted chicken with roasted potatoes for this very reason—I go nuts when I have to piece and time different foods together like an intricate puzzle).
I’m REALLY hoping a lot of you will respond. I’m thinking I can try out your recipes on my friends and then publish the results (and the recipes) on the blog. What do you think? Are you in? I truly hope so! If enough of you respond, I can create a whole new category on the blog: Reader’s Recipes.
Come on, make my day, my week, my month, my year. Help me remember how to cook.
Here’s to some really great cooking from your kitchens to mine.
Love to you all,