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    Posted January 8, 2014 by
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    Who taught you to love food?

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    My Mother And Father Taught Me How To Cook Food And To Love Food

    I was born and raised in the Texas and my family loves to cook and eat Southern Food. What is Southern Food? Southern Food is spicy and usually fried but sometimes it is smothered or marinated for a long time or cooked very slow to allow the ingredients to blend nicely to create a unique flavor.

    My Mother was born in a small country town in Texas named Brookshire back in the day when most people were farmers that raised their own food and had gardens. My Mother taught me how to cook when I was 5 years old and by the time I turned 10 years old I was capable of cooking Thanksgiving Dinner by myself. My Father was a Chef for many years and some family members say that he was a better cook than my Mother. My Father was in World War II and learned how to cook while he was serving in the War.

    Did someone say RICE?!?! My love for rice, oh I can go on and on about the many dishes I can prepare that will require rice. I love to eat chicken and rice both as a soup and just as a meal. There is a trick to eating chicken with rice when it is not a soup, and that trick is the bake chicken breasts in a teaspoon of water really slow to allow the breasts to make a light broth that you can use to spoon over the rice. Another Rice dish is enchiladas that can be baked with beef, cheese, rice and just a little bit of homemade chili layered lightly on top of freshly shredded cheese.

    I do have some picky ways when it comes to food, I like to prepare spaghetti with meatballs but prefer the sauce to be mixed with the spaghetti in a large pot instead of pouring the sauce over the spaghetti at the table.

    Pies and Cakes, I love just about all pies and cakes but my favorites are sweet potatoes and cheese cake. I have noticed that most restaurants serve pumpkin pies rather than sweet potato but no pumpkin pie for me thanks.

    Meatloaf, now here is a dish that requires some level of thinking because one wrong step and your meatloaf will be a meat mess. I do not like bread crumbs in my meatloaf, bread crumbs are used to hold the meatloaf together but I prefer to use an egg.

    In New York City there are many different types of food which brings new meaning to the melting pot. I love ethnic foods and in New York City there are so many restaurants to choose from.

    I give credit to my Mother, my Father and my southern roots for giving me great taste buds and cooking skills. I was taught to love food and respect the cook that prepared the food.
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