Cooking with Blue

September 29th, 2009
by: Sue

From the time she could walk, Blue would beg to help me cook. She’d climb up on a little stool in our tiny kitchen and break the eggs, stir the dish, put her hands in the pie dough, and generally do everything she saw me do. There’s a timeless bond that develops when you cook together. And I don’t mean opening up a frozen pizza and putting it in the oven. Enjoying the smells of good food and the pleasures that come from eating the dishes together is something every family needs to get them through the hard days and make the easy days even better.

By the time she was 7 or 8, Grue had her making pancakes on Saturday morning, and she just loved cooking for him and making him happy. Before long, Blue was striking out on her own and trying her hand at new recipes, new places, and experiencing things she would never have experienced in West Texas. Her experience working in restaurants taught her a lot about food and the presentation of food. Her greatest strength as a cook is that she is fearless in trying new things regardless of the difficulty involved.

The best time of the year is Thanksgiving when Blue and I meet at her home and cook together in her kitchen. It’s a regular flour fest as we make pies and try to outdo what we did the year before. Regardless of how hard we prepare, Darrell and Grue have to run to the supermarket for three or four times as we prepare, cook, bake, and brainstorm our way through the menu.

At times we have to use that visualization technique of remembering how it looked when Mema made our favorite dishes. Blue successfully reverse engineered the chocolate meringue pie that Mema left us a recipe for but no one had been able to get the same results with.

Can’t wait for next Thanksgiving! We’ll once again do that exercise in trying to find the perfect techniques with the perfect ingredients and if we fail who cares? It will be fun.

3 Responses to “Cooking with Blue”

  1. blue on September 30, 2009 2:24 pm

    I’ve loved cooking with you from the very beginning – and I still do. I’m the luckiest girl in the world!

  2. Tia Loca on October 19, 2009 9:05 pm

    I love your site blue, grue, and I think Sue is Foo.
    I have some recipes I would like to share with you. I would like to send them to your email address but need to know what it is. Please send it to me…

    much love, kisses, homemade hassenfeffer.

    tia loca…xo

  3. blue on October 20, 2009 9:27 am

    Howdy Tia, I’m sending you my email address, hugs and kisses to you!

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