“I was married before I started cooking. I didn’t have to cook till then. I didn’t know how to boil water. Nothing about cooking. It just comes to me. I don’t go by a cookbook or anything. Just make up my own recipes. Of course, everything (I serve at the cafe) is just plain cooking anyway. I try to change the menu everyday and have a balanced meal. I think food is better eating when it’s slow-cooked on a wood-stove.”
—Mrs. Effie Lord, Proprietor, Lord’s Cafe, Clayton Georgia “Foxfire’s Book of Wood Stove Cookery”
Unlike Mrs. Effie Lord I like to have a recipe to go by. I’m sure over the years I’ve picked up skills from following recipes while cooking, but I still like to go by them. The Deer Hunter never uses a recipe. He has a general idea of what he wants to fix and starts attempting to make it work out, most of the time it does.
The more you cook the better you are at cooking, after all practice makes perfect or at least close to perfect 🙂 I remember a friend telling me she thought her mother n law was such a good cook that she could boil water and make it taste good. We both agreed her expertise in the kitchen probably came from cooking for her large family for well over 50 years.