I grew up at the elbow of whoever was cooking whatever was to eat in my house that day. I learned from my mom, dad, grandma, and grandpa. We had 7 acres of land and raised our own cows and pigs for slaughter for awhile. We had chickens for fresh eggs and a large garden for several years.
I love to try new things and have perfected the classics. I can make gravy out of anything. Give me some flour and some liquid and I can do it. I find that I work best without to much of a plan. I will look to see what I have in the pantry and invent something for dinner. My husband tells me it amazes him the delicious things I can come up with out of thin air.
My mother taught me later in life how to preserve food (canning). My grandmother always did it, but would shoo me out of the kitchen when it came to this process. Maybe she was afraid I would get hurt around all those boiling pots. When I got older, I asked my mom to teach me how to make pickled asparagus. Soooo good. Then we moved to jelly. I will pick fruit off any tree now, as long as it's free. A group of friends and I call ourselves "Redneck Smuckers Jelly". Last year we made over 30 cases of various jellies.
The meal I most love to eat is fried chicken and mashed potatoes with cream gravy and corn. CARB CITY!
My favorite meal to cook is pork steak, mashed potatoes, cream gravy, fresh green beans with bacon and onions. This is my mom's favorite meal and I love to make her happy.
My husband's favorite meal is anything I make for dinner, gotta love that man.