My friend Nicole told me I needed to write a food blog. I was resistant at first, but I find myself posting a lot on FB and Instagram about what I’m cooking, so maybe blogging about it would be a good idea. Maybe it wouldn’t get me in trouble like writing about politics does.
Truth is I have not always liked cooking. I’ve really only started to enjoy it over the last couple of years. I’ve always loved food. Just not the planning, shopping, preparing, and cooking of the food.
When I was in high school I dated a guy whose father owned a restaurant. The specialty at the restaurant was steaks. The first time my boyfriend took me to his dad’s restaurant, I was about 15 years old. I remember ordering the prime rib. His dad laughed at me and said, “She can’t eat all that!” My boyfriend said, “Oh yeah she can.” And he was right. I demolished that prime rib and the potato and salad and everything else that came with it.
So, yes, I’ve always loved food.
My mom was a great cook, but she never really taught me to cook. She wasn’t great at “teaching” things. (If you ask her, she would agree with that!) I tried to fry a chicken once when I was a teenager, and the chicken turned out kind of rare. Mom laughed at me, and I didn’t do too much more cooking. She would just rather do it herself and do it right the first time, and I must admit I was kind of the same way with my own kids.
When my kids were young, I did not enjoy cooking at all. I’m not good at multitasking, and when I had them running around all over the place I did not enjoy trying to cook a meal with all that confusion. So we ate a lot of fast and easy stuff like tacos, steak and baked potato, and spaghetti.
I used to enjoy eating out a lot, but in recent years I’ve gotten to where I don’t care a thing about eating out that much. I’ve had too many mediocre meals and had to wait around too long for tables, and I just don’t have the patience for it anymore. I’ve gotten to where I would just rather stay home and cook it myself, especially now that I have the time to cook. And the stuff I cook at home a lot of times is better than what I can get at a restaurant.
I’m still a pretty novice cook. I don’t make up my own recipes, and I’m not the type to just “whip a meal together.” I usually follow a recipe to the letter. But I think I’ve made some pretty good stuff! So when I write about food in this blog, I’ll be sharing stuff I’ve made that anybody can make. If I can do it, anybody can.
A couple of years ago I started making Giada De Larentiis’s recipe for Italian Wedding Soup (click here for recipe). It is delicious and really pretty simple to make. It is a little time consuming to make all the meatballs, and I like to make them tiny, less than 1 inch in size, because I love tiny little meatballs in Wedding Soup. I haven’t made time this winter to make a pot of Wedding Soup, so with the cooler weather we’re having over the next few days I thought I would make some today.
This soup is really simple to put together if you’ve already made up all the meatballs, so something I’ve done in the past when I wanted to make the soup later and not have it take so long was to make up the meatballs ahead of time. You can put them on a baking sheet and freeze them on the sheet in the freezer. Once they are frozen, take them off the baking sheet and store in ziplock bags back in the freezer until you are ready to assemble the soup.
Here are some pics of the Italian Wedding Soup I made today. I hope you’ll try it and let me know what you think!