So lately I’ve been obsessed with cooking. Since I moved to Georgia into my current home I got that bug to cook and cook and bake and cook some more. Originally I moved in with my good friend and her husband and now, because they are newly stationed in Texas, Jason and I took over the apartment. My friend left me some goodies in the cupboards and cabinets that she didn’t want/need and I’ve since filled the gaps with more pots and pans and kitchen utensils and seasonings. I want to say at this point my most favorite cooking item is the cast iron skillet that my friend gave me. It’s the perfect pan for EVERYTHING. Just the right size and depth…. sigh
Anywho, so I’ve been making a lot of dishes from scratch, some old family recipes, and some recipes with a personal twist. I didn’t really realize how much I love cooking, and how much I love making things off the top of my head. I never used to be good at getting the timing down pat, but now my timing is near perfection. Practice must make perfect after all.
Tonight, I made two maple bourbon pork tenderloins pre-marinated, with a maple syrup and butter sauce coupled with loaded mashed potatoes, and a mixed vegetable medley in a lemon butter and creole seasoning sauce. It came out very good, I fed 5 people with a bit leftover, and it was very hearty. I’m coming to realize that my cooking style is actually very hearty. Like momma’s homemade cooking. Thus creating the title of this entry (giggle.) I also know that my cooking isn’t necessarily the healthiest, seeing as I’m a carboholic. I like heavy foods, I like my friends and family to be full when they’re done. There’s not much more comforting than a full stomach and good company. The clinking of silverware and glasses with laughter and good conversation makes for a warm and inviting home in my opinion.
Last night, I made my version of pepper steak with garlic potatoes and corn. Can I just say I love Worcestershire Sauce. (AMAZING) Keeps all that yummy juice in the beef tips. Yummy! and also the fresh green peppers with my montreal steak seasoning? incredible.
Speaking of fresh green peppers… My mom’s Stuffed Peppers are to DIE for. One of the recipes I will use forever! Nothing says I love meat like a bell pepper stuffed with a hamburger and rice ball covered in a scrumptious tomato sauce. Jason happens to really love that one.
One of my favorite dishes is actually a pasta dish called Creamy Chicken Piccata, which is my step-mom’s famous family recipe. It’s the perfect blend of lemon, and creamy consistency over egg noodles. omg. I could talk about food forever. Now that I work from home for the time being, I have much more time to experiment with my kitchen, and it makes me very very happy. I also love entertaining so cooking for a small army doesn’t bother me one bit. As long as everyone is fed and I keep seeing their empty plates at the end of the night, I feel accomplished. So I have been newly dubbed as Momma Kymlee…
“Come on ova hea and get chu some dinnah!”
With love and a happy tummy,