Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sharing Good Food Is Love

I've been thinking lately of how much cooking is a part of my life. It extends far beyond simply putting a meal on the table to provide nourishment. Plain and simple, it is an integral part of the fiber of life.

From basic meals for the two of us to the family feast of Thanksgiving and everything in between, for me cooking and sharing food is a way to share love. I remember my days of learning how to cook. I've had my share of undercooked, overdone, bland, over seasoned....you get the picture! But those were few as, through trial and error I actually became a cook. I used to marvel at those women who managed to cook up mouth watering treats without measuring a single ingredient. That was until I cooked family favorites so many times that I could do it in my sleep. Somehow the right amount of seasoning is added everytime with no measuring spoon in sight. Then there are other dishes that I would never attempt without the recipe. Some of my cookbooks display the evidence of that with their smudged pages and a bit of dried ingredients ground in.

Since this blog is about sharing my life, I figured it would be good to share a few recipes from time to time as well. Maybe you will see something you would like to try. Or perhaps one of my recipes will prompt you to share one of yours. (One can never have too many recipes to try, you know!)

For my Tasty Tuesday kickoff I thought I would share something that is a favorite for my grandchildren. If my oldest granddaughter or her little brother is visiting for breakfast, they love for me to fix french toast. My recipe probably doesn't differ much from yours.

2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 1/2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
6 slices thick bread (I use Kroger brand 'Texas toast')

Blend eggs and milk together. Add cinnamon and sugar and beat until well blended. Add vanilla. Pour mixture in a shallow bowl. Dip bread in mixture, allowing it to sit for several seconds on each side to absorb the liquid. Then place bread on a hot griddle or in a non-stick skillet. Cook about 1 minute on each side, continuing to flip over until desired degree of browning is obtained.

Serve with additional powdered sugar and cinnamon to sift over the top if desired. My grandkids will sometimes ask for maple syrup but mostly love the sweetness of the powdered sugar. This recipe is easily doubled (or tripled if cooking for a crowd!) I think the key is using thick bread. My daughter-in-law makes yummy from scratch wheat bread which would be delish!

Anyhoo.....give this a try on Saturday morning. (Maybe tomorrow morning if you are snowbound!)

The most important thing is to share a meal with those you love. You'll be creating (or continuing) a legacy of love.



  1. Sounds yummy! I'm still thinking about the meal you spoke about on Facebook the other evening. Made me want to hop over to KY for a visit.


  2. Love the "family favorites'!! My kids don't particularly like french toast...which makes me sad...because it's one of my all-time favorites!!
    Maybe I should come to your house and enjoy it with the grandkids! :-)
    Love that last line...sharing a meal with those you love!! Anticipating Spring with you :-) Blessings ~dana

  3. Joan and Dana, you are both welcome around my table anytime!


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