Friday, May 28, 2010

Why I Cook Dinner

I cook dinner.

Almost every night.

Even when I am doing a Pampered Chef party and I am leaving anyway.

My mom cooked dinner for us every night.

Some of my favorite family memories revolve around eating.


My little sister and I ate Brunch at the Grand Ole Opry Hotel. Ok, I just googled it and there is no such thing. Dad, what hotel was that?

Anyway, it was good. VERY good.

My little sister and I stuffed ourselves. Like, so full.

THEN we went and got the creme brule for dessert. Maybe one, or two, or three. All I know, is that it was too many. And we got so sick, that we went back to our room and laid on the beds. We had to lay still or we were going to throw up.

Very, very, very still. When we talk about it it, we laugh and cry at the same time. It was hilarious. As we laid prone on the beds and groaned at each other until we were brave enough to move. Good times, good times.

If you have never eaten that much, you probably should. Just once. But make sure it is GOOD.

REAL good.

Anyway, I could name a million places and times that we have eaten as a family that were memorable.

But not more memorable than at home.

So, I love to cook for my family. Love it.

And, I am proud of what I feed them.

I asked a kid who was over at my house one time what their favorite dinner was that their mom made, and they said, Top Ramen.

You ask Abby and she says something exotic, but ridiculous like Crab Wontons.

I wouldn't say that is my goal,

But I do like to make sure they eat well, have a balanced meal, and are healthy.

They could eat more "greens" but couldn't we all.

Since a few of you asked, here are my favorite go to meals.

Chicken Curry (my kids seriously love this. All of them)

Mongolian Beef

Cashew Chicken

Peanut Sauce Chicken

Chicken Pillows

You will find that I like Asian Food. Yes, yes, I do. It is my favorite thing to cook.

And you will find that this bounces over to my food blog. Yes, yes it does. I have tons-o-recipes on there. Me and my sisters contribute. It is a great way to keep the family recipes intact and the greatest part about it is that I can view it from anywhere! So, I don't always have to have my recipes with me.

Love these modern days.

Would be great for college kids to have their momma's recipes.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy! Please tell me if you try them!

And cook dinner for your family more. Your kids will remember it! :)

Here is one that is NOT on the food blog, but my it is my husbands favorite go to dinner in the summer. You can make a bunch and eat if for days if you want. It is yummy, and I would say even better the second day.

1 package of tortellini
1 bottle of Bernsteins Three Cheese, or Cheese and Garlic Salad Dressing
Cooked, Cubed Chicken Breast
Red Onion
Steamed Broccoli florets
Cherry Tomatoes
pepperoni or salami sliced
Marinated Artichoke Hearts
Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 can of Chickpeas
1 can of Kidney Beans
Anything else in the world you want.
Cook the tortellini to package directions. Drain. and rinse with cold water. Add cubed chicken, red onion, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, pepperoni, chickpeas and kidney beans. Add salad dressing according to taste. (Usually doesn't take the whole bottle unless you make a lot.)
Stir and let sit. Add avocado, tomatoes, artichokes and olives right before serving and stir them in lightly.
Now, here I have typed it all out, but yet, I found the link. Click on the title to be taken to the previous publishing.


Anne said...

I absolutely love your pot stickers! I might even call them a favorite college memory.

The Grant Family said...

My mouth is watering....I think I need to go find something yummy to eat! Thanks for the recipes. I'll have to try them!

Tammy said...

I read your blog all of the time, but I just don't post comments all of the time. I loved having my mom make dinners for us every night. No matter how busy she was, she made them for us.

Jessica said...

You know you are preaching to the choir here.

I think it might be the best thing I do as a mom.

Shanakin Skywalker said...

I love to cook and would love to cook for my family if they would eat it. Most of my kids would say Top Ramen too, not because I don't give them awesome things, but because they like that better! It's so frustrating. Most things that are new they won't even touch because it looks weird. And they won't eat leftovers, so if I do cook something awesome and they don't eat very much of it, what I can't eat over they next few days for breakfast, lunch and dinner goes to waste. That's expensive!


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