Be Forewarned, I am a Fey and Quixotic Creative Writer

Be Forewarned, I am a Fey and Quixotic Creative Writer
And in the End was the Word, Amy's Word

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Old Mill

I have a thing for millstones.  I love the way that they are worn and that they were so useful.  I took this picture at an old mill.  I am getting this first photo printed and I am going to frame it.  I apologize for not being able to recall the name of the mill (It might be New Hope Mills).  I believe that they are still in operation, pancake mix being one of their specialties.  A former boyfriend of mine and I visited and took some photographs, probably in 2009.









Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Source of the Recipe

A sad thing has happened.  The era of depending on one's recipe box and cook books has gone.  I have done much cooking in my life and over the past few years I have relied  increasingly  on the internet for my recipe options.  The recipes you pull off the internet are not always that great.  Tonight for instance I found a recipe for cheesy cauliflower soup that was a let down.  The author was Panera and I would have thought it would have been better.  It is great to have the convenience of the internet, but does it come at a cost?

My favorite summertime vegetable dish is ratatouille and I used a recipe I had in my blue gingham notebook.  The cooking notebook goes back to the early days of my marriage.  The ratatouille recipe  is from the 1990's from the New York times.


There is something sacred about a collection of recipes that a woman has over her lifetime.....One recipe I handed down to my children this year.  "The Sauce recipe".  For twenty years I put up 50 containers (quarts and pints) of spaghetti sauce each year.  This sauce was made from tomatoes I grew.  Roma tomatoes, were preferred for their pulp.  I had a food mill or strainer that I used to crank out the pulp.  My daughter-in-law and her mother and I did a batch this past week and it was a special day.  It meant something to me that I was able to share an ingredient of my life with the next generation.  The recipe was tweaked a little, but it is a basic foundation recipe that can be embellished upon in many ways with herbs, etc.

Food is part of our culture and our personality.  The victuals we place before our loved ones are an expression of our love and our identity.  Don't let the internet steal your cooking soul.