What's Cooking Wednesday, March 8th
I have a confession to make...until last night, I'd never made a traditional lasagna. I made one several years ago in the crockpot, but I decided that I wanted to prepare a traditional lasagna for my family. It was much easier than I expected it to be. I will say that mind did not look nearly as pretty as the picture to the left. I am thankful that I had some help though. We all came together and handled different parts of the meal. I wish I'd paired it with a big side salad, but to be honest, I was so preoccupied using my Ziploc Vacuum Sealer for my salad, I didn't think about reserving some lettuce for a salad for the family. It was definitely a popular meal and I will have to do it again.
I realized something while I was on the hunt for a recipe the other day. While I have quite a few cookbooks, I found myself more inclined to look for a recipe on Pinterest. There are so many recipes that I know are in my cookbook, yet I find myself repeatedly heading to the computer to search for a recipe. Do you find yourself doing the same thing? I am going to start making a point to check my cookbooks first. The fact of the matter is that if I want to use higher fat cheese or things like that, I can. For me, recipes are just a beginning guide to the recipe. I love that I can change things up for my family and making things my own. I learned to cook by using a Better Homes and Garden cookbook that was bought for me by a very special woman in my life. Wynema was my oldest son's great grandmother. She truly understood my concern about going into a relationship and then marriage (as I was engaged to her grandson at the time) and not knowing how to cook. When I first started, I felt that the recipes needed to be followed exactly. One big thing that I learned from that time in my life is that I really enjoy baking. Thanks to her investment in me, I discovered a joy and love for baking. I really hope that I can pass that on to my children.