Thanksgiving Week

This past week was weird. My bf was gone a lot and cooking for one is exciting for only so long. Then I was visiting family, which inhibits my cooking zeal. I tend to feel like I can’t make mistakes and I’m constantly being tested. Nonetheless, I did cook, with mixed results. I made my holiday cookies which were yummy, and pumpkin pie with my grandmother’s homemade crust. There was also a delicious pumpkin cheesecake and my grandmother’s apple crumb pie (below). Noticing a trend? Desserts are my safety zone.

However, this is where my success ended. I made my usual pancakes, and I don’t know whether it was the different skillet, an electric stove instead of gas, or the crisco my grandmother used instead of pam- but they were not good. The outside was crunchy and they were thin in dense. Usually, my pancakes are thick and fluffy, with firm but soft outsides. I was dreadfully disappointed.

Then (since I’m one of the younger cooks in the family) I was given the side veggie assignment for Thanksgiving dinner. I wanted to try something different, so I found a brussel sprout recipe with bacon and bread crumbs. Sounds good, right? Wrong.

Maybe I didn’t cook it right, or maybe I should have used fresh bread crumbs instead of the kind in the container, or maybe I should have added more white wine. Either way, it was not good. I didn’t even take a picture of the end product because I just want to forget about the experience- not that my family will let me.

As you can probably guess, I came back to DC feeling disheartened. When you are a new cook and from a family of established cooks, this is bound to happen. I lost my cooking spark. So, my task this week is to get it back. I’m returning to a bunch of my tried and true favorites in an attempt to get a little confidence back. This, of course, means I will have less posts for my wonderful readers. I will have a special cookie recipe coming later in the week and I’ll post a few pictures along the way to show you my repeats.

Anyway, for next week I will find some new dishes and will hopefully feel courageous enough to try them. Until next week, you will have to be patient with me……love to you all!


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