In general, we cook and eat in harmony with the seasons, and with items we’ve put away in the pantry or freezer for the off-season. We don’t buy very many vegetables, fruit, meat, herbs, or spices from the grocery store, unless it’s something we are really craving, have run out of in the pantry or store room, can’t grow here, or need for a special purpose. We still strive to purchase these other items with a conscience; local, organic, in season, non GMO, etc… Of course, this isn’t always possible, but we do the best we can. It’s all about the love for food and what goes into our bodies to energize us.
For the most part, the meals I cook are determined by what we have on hand. I have a hard time following many recipes because I change the ingredients or alter the recipe to what is available. This is where my creativity and pallet take over. Certain recipes do need to be followed for success (especially in baking), but I still may choose different types of flour, butter & oil, sweetener, nuts, seeds, etc.. Many of my recipes you will see posted have a variety of versions depending on what’s available, what I prefer, or who’s coming for dinner.
My family loves good food. We love all the aspects- growing the ingredients or seeking them out, fresh bursts of flavor, aged goodness, savory, sweet, bitter, the open door to anyone that comes to visit or help, those who come to the table to eat or get sent leftovers, and above all, the love and time that goes into making and sharing it all. Without certain people in my life, and time spent creating in the kitchen, these recipes wouldn’t be here. Thank you Mom, Grandma Day, Grandma Truppi, Aunt Judy, my sisters & cousins, and the back county women who inspire me.
Enjoy the creativity these recipes present and the basis they provide. Experiment, find what you like best and have fun. Happy Cooking!