My Mom's Cooking

There’s no doubt that my Mom (Rachel) heavily influenced my style of cooking. 

Growing up, her food wasn’t what most people might consider fancy. She used simple ingredients and traditional flavors in most of her dishes.

We ate a lot of meat and potatoes, and very little beans or rice.

One of Mom’s signature side dishes was a tasty noodle dish. She would cook Inn Maid Noodles, the flat narrow kind, in a broth and serve it alongside some type of main dish like hamburgers.

Feeding 9 children, my Mom had to use inexpensive food for most of her cooking. Some of the first things I learned to make when I was a girl were hot dogs, mac and cheese, and mashed potatoes.

If there’s a food that instantly takes me back in time, it’s probably a creamy ham and potato casserole. I still love it.

One of my favorite summer time treats was frozen fruit slush. It was a frozen dish made with fruit juice and chunks of banana and pineapple. It’s perfect on a hot Texas summer day.

While Mom preferred cooking over baking, she did have a signature Sunday noon dessert: Angel food cake. She would often serve it with chopped strawberries and ice cream. 

Nobody could make that angel food cake like Mom.

I can still remember walking into the kitchen and smelling that wonderful cake in the oven.

During one of our Sunday services, someone was sharing about that verse in 2 Corinthians that talks about us being a pleasing aroma to God.

It made me think–are my actions and the way I live my life from day to day a pleasing aroma to God?

It’s both a privilege and a responsibility, to live a life that brings a smile to the face of God.

- Trish & Crew

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