Back in the day, I was a high school Home Economics teacher. (Way back!) One would assume that I have perfect manners; that I can run and maintain a beautifully appointed home and that I am an excellent cook.
One might assume that, but those closest to me know the truth. They’re well aware of my shortcomings in an area or two and have graciously decided not to say any more about it.
Let me just get it out there…..it’s my cooking. I may not make fancy dishes or perfect cream gravy, but I can teach YOU how to do it. No one will starve at my house, but your taste buds might not dance delightfully on your palate. That is unless my husband cooks. He cooks with love, just like his Granny taught him.
Oh sure, I have a few go-to menus and recipes that are tried and true, but I’m just as apt to bake a piece of chicken and open a can of green beans, low sodium at that.
My beautiful friend, Fran, shared a roast recipe with me years ago that is foolproof! We have guarded the recipe all these years, only sharing with our daughters and trusted friends. Let it suffice to say, that to this day when my daughter makes this roast, her son calls it “Love Meat!” Could it get any better than that?
Sometimes Boo and I will say, “Let’s not cook tonight. We’ll just eat cheese and crackers for dinner.” For me, that is true. I’ll get crackers, a wedge of cheese, a cutie and feel happy. Five minutes later, I hear pans rattling in the kitchen and Boo is toasting a ham and cheese sandwich and baking homemade potato wedges in the oven. See the difference? L O V E
Not every night is meant to be “Love Meat” night. Not every meal can be cooked with complete love, but it does give me pause. Perhaps, I could strive to cook with a little less apathy. I could try to channel Granny and see if her spirit will guide my meatloaf. I could think a little bit more about those I’m preparing for than myself. It’s a start.
I’ll probably never get rid of my bag o’ chicken tenders from HEB and a Costco 12 pack of canned green beans, but I can try a little more love.
Really I can. All hail the Love Meat and all those who cook with love.
1 packet of brown gravy mix
1 bottle Catalina salad dressing (16 oz)
1 cup water to mix w gravy packet
Salt and pepper
Put in potatoes and carrots (Mushrooms optional)
Cook in crockpot on low for 8-10 hours