Honestly, I don’t know how people cooked anything before the advent of the Google Machine.
Since we’re all “let’s have a budget and, like, stick to it” the end of the month sees some interesting meals made from cabbage, black beans and random regrets from the sale bin at Grocery Outlet.
But this week, thanks to my Google Machine leading me to She Simmers, I literally made awesomesauce. She calls it Thai Satay Sauce and I found it by Googling “easy peanut sauce” because I had peanut butter, and corn noodles and some frozen vegetables. Oh, and 20 minutes before The Littles fell all the hell apart.
This week though I happened to nail my random dinners and literally made what should be called Awesomesauce but is actually called Thai Satay Sauce following this lady’s recipe, and I absolutely love her tribute to her mama.
Also – it goes back to what I’ve been preaching for. ever: take notes!
After you read her words here, you’ll get what I mean when I say: writing in the margins for the win!
“That’s why Mom’s cookbooks are so precious to me. They’re full of her handwritten corrections, tweaks, comments, suggested variations, reports of people’s responses, etc. When it comes to marginal notation, my mom would have given the Masoretes a run for their shekels.
I think of these notes as Mom’s posthumous road signs which have several times saved me from potholes, deer, and boulders on the road of cooking. Sometimes, some of her “road signs” even lead to cool shortcuts which yield results that are close or identical to those achieved through a more laborious means.
A peanut sauce recipe in an old coconut milk-stained cookbook supplemented with my mom’s handwritten notes is a case in point. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the number of herbs and spices called for by several recipes for authentic Thai peanut sauce, here’s my mom’s recipe to the rescue.”
So, I’m getting feedback from some of you that you’d rather have more frequent, shorter posts than waiting so long between posts, noted.
But, I’ll have you know I’m kinda killing it on the home organization front and literally making time. I know, Right?! More on that when my column “Minding my Lost and Found” runs.
Friday Flashback: This post from May, 2008 on my first column about to launch.
Coming soon: Raising the Hardy Boys, “You say bored like it’s a bad thing.”
So, also – I hate to be super self-promotey but that’s kind of a thing for people who are trying to carve out some income doing their own thing – I need you guys is what I’m saying.
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