For as long as I can remember, I’ve been asking my Mom for her recipes. In college it was over email; instructions too long to type out over text on a Nokia cell phone. One year I asked for a cookbook for Christmas, and it came, like the story books she used to make me when I was little, full of heart and personality. Now we text a lot, and talk on the phone when I need cooking advice. Her recipes are never complicated, most are basic ingredients and lots of room to improvise.
This blog is a collaboration between me and my Mom. We work on recipes together, share tricks and offer criticism. It’s a way for us to work in tandem, communicate and stay connected. I think it’s fair to say recently we’ve both been searching for different somethings and feeling a bit lost, which is why we couldn’t be more excited about this project. Being in the kitchen, where we both feel most comfortable, is restorative, our creative outlet and grounds us.
Overall I’d say my Mom’s style is simple but highly effective, maximizing flavor and textures with a few basic techniques; she has been cooking and creating her own recipes since college at NYU in the early 1970s. Mine, I’d say is intrigued by trends and health kicks, but my foremost influence and teacher has always been my Mom. While bouts of waitressing jobs all through my 20’s only deepened my appreciation. And I’d say we’re both purists in the kitchen. Most of these recipes are not strict, but they are from scratch. They’re meant as a jumping off point for ingredients you already have in the kitchen (I usually add a heaping of greens whenever possible); and we’ll include variations when we can.
The recipes to come will mostly be ones we’ve worked on together. We’ll have shared it back and forth; one of us makes an initial dish, whether it’s a recipe of my Mom’s, or from one of the hundred cookbooks I own (I have a little problem). It gets sent to the other with notes for improvement, the other adds their own additional details and the person who started with the recipe makes it a final time with all the notes applied. It’s a process, but that’s why we’re doing this.
So here we are, in this very small corner of the internet. Maybe one day we’ll be able to launch our own website, but for now we’ll be residing on a web page I began a little over a year ago. Please share our recipes with your friends, siblings, Dads and especially Moms. We’d love to hear your take on these recipes and grow this into a community of people sharing recipes and family traditions.
And as though learning more about your friends at an intimate dinner party through their cooking, so you will learn about us. These recipes have been made with love, and we hope it transcends into your cooking too.