The prompts for this weeks Writer’s Workshop included describing a home cooked meal that makes you feel warm and fuzzy. I actually have two that I need to pick. One is prepared by my mom and one prepared by my hubby. I’ll start with my mom.
My mom makes the best fried chicken in the world. In the WORLD, I tell you! I don’t know if it’s the frying pan she uses, the technique she uses or just that it’s her. I just know that NO ONE seems to be able to replicate it exactly. Oh, my husband has tried and tried, but, it’s still not quite there. Sorry honey, yours is good, but not like my mama’s (hey… wait…. Isn’t the husband supposed to say that to the wife?).
She always uses a cast iron skillet so maybe that is part of the “secret”. I’m not sure, we have a cast iron skillet but it’s still not the same. She uses a LOT of oil in the pan and I know she cooks it slowly at first until it’s almost done and then she cranks of the heat to “brown it up”. Maybe it’s a combination of all of that which makes it so good. Pair that fried chicken up with her fresh green beans (cooked with fat back of course takes the best), mashed potatoes and Charlie bread and you have a meal too good for a king.
If you have never had Charlie Bread, let me tell you…. Yum yum yummy. It’s corn break with real corn in it and sour cream in the mix. Like my hubby says, it will make your tongue slap your brain! I’ve tried and tried to duplicate her Charlie bread but I can’t do that either. I really do try. Again, she usually uses a cast iron skillet and I do that too, but, still no banana. Maybe it’s because I cut down the amount of oil it calls for in my “attempt” to make it healthier? It might be healthier but my mom’s still tastes better. I know when I sit down to that meal it will give me the warm fuzzies. And a bloated belly!My favorite meal that my hubby prepares is Country Steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, home-made macaroni and cheese, greens and homemade peach cobbler. I always tell people that I married hubby for his mac n cheese and peach cobbler. Sadly, I think he thinks I’m joking! He seriously is a great cook. That’s always my excuse for how I look. It’s always his fault (never mine- that I’m just too lazy to go out and exercise!).
Now, the country steak is not country FRIED steak. There is a difference. It’s baked and has a yummy mushroom gravy. You don’t even need a knife. It’s so tender it would just about melt in your mouth. And his mac n cheese is seriously to die for. Rich and creamy and full of good sharp cheddar cheese. And the greens? I never liked greens until I ate his. In fact, the first time he made them I refused to eat them until he pouted and pouted and then I only took a tiny little bite on the tines of a fork. I was prepared to gag because that’s what greens always did to me before. Obviously I had never had HIS greens. I’ve had other people say the same thing. They never liked greens until they ate his.
And as long as we’re talking melting in your mouth, his chocolate cream puffs are nothing to sneeze at either! The first time I came home from work and he had made cream puffs, I asked him what bakery he had bought them from. When he told me he had made them, I scoffed and said “No, seriously… where did you get them because you can’t MAKE puffs this good AT HOME.” I seriously did not believe he made them until I SAW him make them the next time. I do believe my sister did a post once about how my mom got upset with hubby for throwing away what he thought weren’t “perfect” puffs. She got mad and dug them out (they were in a plastic bag) of the trash and put chocolate pudding in them and ate them anyway. She said “There ain’t nothing wrong with those things, don’t be wasting food!” Don’t come between my mama and her cream puffs!
So there you have my two meals that bring me home, whether it is my childhood home and my mama or my present home, which is wherever my hubby is. I am so blessed.