Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Softer World

However, I have been shuffling through the archives of A Softer World ( The website was created by two friends, one who takes pictures and the other who puts words to those pictures to create little comic strips. Some of them are happy. Some are sad. Some are funny. Some are just plain weird. But I like them.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Hey, Good Lookin'. Whatcha Got Cookin'?

How's about cookin' somethin' up with me?

I grew up around country music (hence the Hank Williams song lyrics), and I grew up around a lot of good food. I never used to consider myself a great chef (I once burned microwave popcorn), but I am getting a lot better. I can now cook a variety of delicious dinners, including chicken parmesan, pierogis (see photographs below), lasagna, and meatloaf. I can make a few appetizers, such as artichoke dip and pepperoni rolls, and I am also learning how to bake yummy desserts and treats.

Although I like the thought of taking all the credit, I have to give credit where credit is due. My family has always agreed to be my guinea pigs, and I thank them for that. And I need to thank my new obsession, the Cooking Channel.

I especially enjoy watching Giada De Laurentiis, Sandra Lee, and Ina Garten. I do enjoy watching each of these chefs cook, but I also like who each of them are (or, at least, what I can tell from TV and the internet). Giada De Laurentiis was born in Rome; her mom was an actress and her dad was a producer. When Sandra Lee was a preteen, she helped raise her five brothers and sisters when her mother became ill. Ina Garten used to be a White House nuclear policy analyst. Seriously? Why can't all people be this interesting?