5 Reasons Why Your Food Doesn’t Taste As Good As Your Mama’s

…Or your grandma’s or granddaddy’s or whoever your culinary hero happens to be—personally, I have several!

Anyway, now that we’ve got that settled, please feel free to accept or decline the following holiday cooking Public Service Announcement, from me to you.

LadyG: Seekthebestblog.com

Flat out, your food will never taste as good as mama’s.

Come on now, somebody must tell you why your apple pie is pallid and your fried chicken is fretful. 

Apparently, I am that ‘somebody.’

Yes, my love, I know… It hurts.

But be of good cheer, there is joyful news!

Yes!

I’m here to call out your mistakes and to help you figure out how to fix them.

As such, you may refer to me as your culinary ‘good fairy’ or ‘kitchen witch.’

Allow me to thank you, in advance, for welcoming me into your home.

And so…

Let us commence!

There are at least 5 reasons why you’ll never reach ‘legendary’ cooking status within the realm of mama–and they are as follows:

You chose to use different brands. In the words of my brother, Tack, if you want your food to taste like Mama’s, you gotta buy what Mama buys. So, if Mama used ‘Dixie Crystal,’ do not get ‘Thriftymaid.’

You make unnecessary modifications. Substituting margarine for butter, using the ‘lite’/’light’ version of things, using canola for shortening in the can, Splenda for sugar, or, God forbid, canned fruits and/or vegetables for fresh. Of course, you must follow your doctor’s dietary guidance if you have certain medical conditions.

You fail to time your cooking. Simply put, you cannot start cooking all of your food at the same time. Start slow cooking things first, then gradually cook other items as you go by cooking fast cooking foods last.

You’re doing too much with seasonings and spices. Stop experimenting with everything you ever thought you heard about how to season things. As for my mother, she typically only used about 2 or 3 seasonings. Baking is the only real exception to that rule; however, my mom was decidedly not a baker.

You’re not cooking your food long enough (or vice versa) or not blending, stirring, or mixing long enough for certain items. ‘Nuff said!

Now that you know better, do better! LOL! By the way, there are plenty of other reasons why you can’t beat Mama’s cooking! LOL!

LadyG loves YOU!

*This post is NOT sponsored, brand names shown are for illustrative purposes only. It’s all in fun!


Video:

Evening Porch Talk Podcast With LadyG | Southern Churchgoing Rules Back In The Day

In this video, I’m on my porch talking about rules oldhead Southerners had to follow regarding churchgoing back in the day.

I also share a nice bowl of redbeans with rice and a good old cold can of coke.

Don’t forget the Texas Pete hot sauce!

I also show you what I did with the prepped mushrooms that I shared in a previous video about meal prepping.

I made a nice Alfredo pasta dish with langostino, scallions, and spinach.

Okay, enough about that, let’s go out on the porch and sit a spell.


So let me go ahead and lay out these old school churchgoing rules:

Church was pretty much non-negotiable!

No church?

  • No TV
  • No radio or record playing–what was a computer or a smartphone?
  • No playing outside
  • No alternate spiritual activities like meditating or lighting candles – that was considered to be devilish! Me chatting about the moon would have been considered damn near satanic–in fact, in many places in the South, it still is! LOL!
  • BTW, we hedged our bets on hoodoo and rootwork though–do your thang, just don’t tell nobody!
  • If you went out Saturday night, you best be in church on Sunday. If you’re well enough to go out in the street, you’d better GET well enough to go to church the next morning.

Let’s not forget the good part–Sunday dinner, no fast food!


Clearly, times have changed, but personally, I think we should all consider doing something to either acknowledge our creator or at least soothe our body, mind, heart and spirit chile!

I’m serious bout that thing!

So many folks are way off track.

Many of us have lost any type of moral compass–that’s assuming there was one there to start.

Ah, but it ain’t nothing new bout what we’re seeing nowadays, hell three baby girls were blown up while at church in Birmingham over 50 years ago and what’s more, if you’d asked the bombers about their beliefs, they would have sworn themselves to be good Christian folks.

Look at what happended to those folks praying in Charleston.

There are countless acts of terrorism against churches, schools and other places of worship.

Recently, a lovely 69-year-old lady was brutally killed at church in Maryland.

What’s wrong y’all?

I just don’t know –so I pray and try to keep on the sunny side!

How were your beans and rice?

Anyway, I’m LadyG out here in the Southern skies, north of the sunset, east of the moonrise.

Remember,

LadyG loves YOU!


Enjoy the video:

A Better Way To Meal Prep

LadyG’s butternut squash, mushroom and spinach medley with baked salmon

Stop! 

Don’t waste your time prepping the same or similar meals for a week in advance!

Consider prepping several items in bulk in order to create various combinations so that your taste buds will remain happily stimulated.

Personally, I often prep sides in advance, but I prepare my meats just prior to meal time.  

Steamed Brocolli

For me, it’s a matter of preference since I can’t appreciate the taste of certain meats/seafoods after they have been cooked and reheated—especially in the microwave.

That said, feel free to cook your meat in bulk if that works better for you. 

Of course you could also leave the meat off and make it vegetarian/vegan.

It’s all up to you!

Seriously, you can do this!

Just think about all of the produce that many of us buy and ultimately waste because we didn’t take the time to cook it before it spoiled.

Use that good food!

Here’s a plan:

Go through your fridge/storage bins and find some vegetables that you can prepare in bulk to pair with other items for upcoming meals.

Next, designate time to steam, roast, sauté or bake whatever you have on hand–all in one go!

Recently, I prepped several sides, then combined them later. 

Here’s what I prepped:

  • Steamed broccoli
  • Sautéed mushrooms
  • Roasted butternut squash
  • Baked sweet potatoes

Roasted Butternut Squash

How did I combine them?

So far, I pan seared slices of baked sweet potatoes and drizzled them with honey and a sprinkling of cinnamon. 

Sweet potatoes

On a different day, I sautéed some of the pre-prepped mushrooms and butternut squash—I added a handful of fresh spinach to round it out.

Neither of these meals took more than 5 minutes—excluding the salmon which took a few additional minutes to wash, season and bake.

Anyway, let me know what you think in comments!


Check out the video!

Real Good Food: Let’s Chat While I Make Lasagna: I Apologize in Advance To My Lovely Italian Friends!

‘Homemade Lasagna’

Come on in the kitchen with me while I cook this lasagna!

We’ll go out on the porch and chat while we wait for it to bake.

Now, before I go any further let me formally apologize to my Italian friends for the ‘abomination’ that I am presenting today.

Let’s be real, the lasagna that I made is the ugly step-sister to the real thing.

Bella, I am sorry!

Though I would love to…

  • Grow and can my own tomatoes
  • Make the pasta from scratch
  • Spend at least 8 hours making the ‘gravy’

Alas, I just ain’t able!

So, again, I apologize!

I only wish that I will someday be blessed to enjoy an authentic lasagna made with such love and care!

Until then, this one will have to do.

But, you know what?

Cooking with love and patience is not just an Italian thing!

(Though I will admit that they have taken the concept to grand heights.)

No!

Cooking with love and patience is worldwide!

Flat out, in every country in the world you will find people of every make and model who are extremely meticulous about the foods that they procure–not to mention how they prepare them.

In fact, as you read this post, there are magickal concoctions being lovingly planned and served by folks everywhere!

And now, I ask, what concoction is your country known for?

Let’s discuss in comments.

Meanwhile, enjoy the video!

Thanksgiving Dinner: Stay Ready So You Don’t Have To GET Ready

If I’m being honest, you probably should have already purchased everything you need for your Thanksgiving dinner.

No tea, no shade…just facts!

And…you should know by now that LadyG runs a very strict ‘no judgement zone’ on this blog; however, I will let you know when you are flirting with catastrophe.

Hence, this post.

Seriously, what with all these supply chain issues, food is getting harder to come by so extra planning is a MUST!

As for me, I have been buying things for Thanksgiving since September!

In other words, I’ve been watching sales and picking up stocks, soups, flour, pastas and pretty much anything else that I know I’ll want for Thanksgiving dinner.

The other day I purchased some tylenol, cough drops, cotton swabs and a can of cranberry sauce–’cause it was on sale.

A strange combination of purchases?

Yes.

Crazy?

Hell naw!

I stay ready so I don’t have to GET ready.

So should you!

LOL!

Now, here’s how I prep my Thanksgiving meal part 1 and part 2.

Let’s GO!

Collard Greens Staked in Containers | Greens From Daddy’s Patio: LadyG & Daddy Fuss | (S.2 Ep.2)

Collard Greens staked in containers from LadyG and Daddy’s garden

In this video, I decided to harvest some collard greens from our garden. Daddy starts fussing at me for not cutting the collards closer to the stalk.

He swears that I “left enough food on the plant for a baby.”

After the harvest, the collards, which grow upward like a little tree, had to be staked in order to keep them growing straight–we don’t want them to lean and break.

At any rate, I am including my own “closed caption” in the video because Daddy talks low and he has a very deep Southeast Alabama accent; hell, he makes me sound like I’m from New York–and that takes some doing!

***Caveat: I didn’t caption everything he said—I want to tune your ear to our beautiful dialect!

Good luck with that!

By the way, don’t let the accent fool you, my Dad tested high enough on the ASVAB (or whatever the equivalent was at that time) to go to Air Force flight school–and he was only 17!

Sadly, a physical injury kept him out.

That said, we might talk slow but we ain’t no dummies!

LOL!

Anyway, at one point in the video, you’ll hear me cuss–but don’t worry, Daddy had walked off for a second to get the water hose–he couldn’t hear me.

That was more of an inside joke between me and my son who was acting as my camera man. LOL!


And now…

Watch and listen to all the antics in the video on harvesting and showing our collards staked in their containers.

A Family Conversation: Family Traditions, Beliefs and Superstitions (Part II) On Lucky Black-eyed Peas, Funeral Homes and Hamlets

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“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.

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Unfortunately, we had to drop the 3rd cousin, Lady L, off to her own devices.

But you know the conversation between Ron and I marched on!

In part II we are talking about:

  • Lucky black-eyed peas and links to Rosh Hashanah, African cowpeas, live-stock, enslaved people and the Confederacy
  • “Throw away” foods during slavery 
  • What the hell?  Ham hocks and ox tail, formerly throw away foods, cost waaaaaay too much these days.
  • Indigenous people working together to farm for food and for healing.
  • When Funeral Homes change into family homes or, even worse, restaurants
  • From cess pools to a waterfalls
  • “Hamlets” in Georgia? Really?

Of course, this conversation was inspired by my post on New Year’s traditions in the South.

What You Must Do Before New Year’s Day…According to Mama

This video, based on one of my original posts here on Seek The Best Blog, details all of the things that my mother required us to do BEFORE New Year’s Day!

My mother was very supersitious and like many of the folks who were born and raised in the South, the idea of the unknown that accompanies a new year is bound to birth any number of superstitions and “old wives tales” that were used as guidance FOR “good luck” and AGAINST “bad luck.”

Don’t get me wrong, they prayed to God, but they hedged their bets! LOL!!!

I hope that you enjoy the video and you can link to the original post HERE!