Confessions Of A Food-A-HolicBy Arlene Marshall (TwinLakesChef) on November 12, 2010
|Last month, my friend here on the lake, SSC, called me to come over and taste a dish she had made . . .|
You see, she is a food-a-holic. She loves a wide variety of foods and cuisines. She can follow a recipe and make just about anything. But the catch is time restraints.
She is a mother of 5 wonderful children, ranging from a toddler to her oldest daughter who just started Pre-Med at the University of Iowa this Fall.
For years, SSC bred Arabian horses, bought and developed land, built a 3 story house here on the lake, and is now presently building another house. In addition to that she is a nurse and works nights. She has a wonderful spirit about her for working with her patients. If I needed a nurse, I'd want it to be her. When she walks through the door sparkling . . .the room lights up.
Doesn't she have a wonderful smile? Second picture is my grandaughter riding SSC's horse about 10 years ago. She looked forward to coming to visit every summer. SSC taught her all about horses and how to ride one.
Because of her busy life and many mouths to feed she is always inventing shortcuts to produce good tasting food.
So I hop in the car and drive around the corner skeptically wondering what she has made. I generally look for what I call the "Wow" factor. You've got to take that first bite and go, "Wow! this is great!"
She has made a sauce for pasta. Now I'm really worried because I always fuss over my pasta sauces, using all fresh ingredients, fresh parmesan, and fresh pasta. The sauce is fairly thick and not a particularly attractive color. I bravely pick up my fork and stab the first bite. What a taste explosion! The room is quiet as she watches me finish. I'm convinced she knows I want to lick the plate
"OK! Confess! What did you do?" She started pulling out jarred and canned ingredients. My heart sunk . . . I had just devoured a dish that would never have been prepared in my kitchen. . . and was hooked on it!
We have a very diverse group at Yum Yum Divas . . .very accomplished chefs to people who just want something different, tasty, and simple to put on the table. We all cook differently and for different reasons. Time restraints keep us out of the kitchen and many really don't like cooking even though they want something tasty to eat.
So I must confess to you all that the next trip to the market I picked up the ingredients and made SSC's pasta dish. The only change I made was to add hot Italian sausage to the sauce. This dish is so easy . . . it's embarassing, but I think you'll like it.
Empty jars & cans; second picture is the pasta sauce.
We will continue to write articles on tasty, easy to prepare dishes for the "Too Busy to Cook" crowd and hope that you will find something easy that you like.
For more challenging cooking techniques and recipes you will find we are constantly adding to Our Cooking School.
Recently a tutorial was added for making Veal Chops, Classic Veal Picatta, and Parmesian Baskets. We expect to continue offering fresh content and challenges for cooks at all levels and we do our best to answer your cooking questions. Just remember, when you're struggling in the kitchen . . . you're not alone. You have Yum Yum Divas!
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