Recipe Disclaimer


Things you need to know about my cooking –

It’s not fancy! You won’t be finding recipes for Grilled Chilean Sea Bass or Mango Salsa here. Frilly, complicated recipes with expensive pretentious ingredients are not my thing. I’m a very plain cook, in the style of my grandmother and mother (rely heavily on Nana’s favorite Cookbook, “The Fanny Farmer Cooking School, and an old tatered pink file folder stuffed with the recipes that my mother collected. Pretty much MY “cuisine” (using the term really loosely) is comfort food from the New England region of the USA. Now this won’t be boring because New England is a melting pot of cultures. There is a lot of ethnic diversity in New England cooking. First of all, we have the original inhabitants of the land, the Native Americans, and then the English settlers who came here.  There certainly was a lot of cross-pollination of recipes between those 2 groups. And later a lot of immigrants were attracted to New England during the industrial revolution of the 1800’s.  The riverbanks of the bigger cities were lined with multi-level brick textile and shoe mills, whose jobs attracted immigrants from Italy, Ireland, France, Scotland, England, Greece, Germany, Poland, Scandinavia, and Canada, particularly Quebec.  This has given New England a very diverse culinary history and scores of recipes handed down through families as these cultures intermarried and became one. Between Bill and I, our families combine English, French Canadian, Polish, Italian, Danish, Native American and Irish backgrounds into one big happy hodge-podge of cultures and food.

 It’s not unique and original! I have been an avid cookbook collector for years.  When I say I have hundreds of cookbooks, it coud be very close to a thousand.  They are in the attic, kitchen, cellar, bedroom, and office.  I have always loved reading cookbooks and looking at the eye candy photos in them.  I have file folders stuffed with recipes that I have torn out of magazines and newspapers and some date back to the late 60’s when I first got married.  There are dishes I cook that I cannot give credit to the originator of the recipe because I have cooked the dish so many times over the years that I cook it from memory  now and honestly don’t know the originator.

It’s not politically or dietetically correct! Before you write comments about how my recipes will clog your arteries, ruin your general health, and add to the obesity epidemic in this country, realize that I am making no claims that these recipes are low fat, low calorie, and slimming.  But I also believe that all things have to be in moderation.  Overindulgence in food, even low fat/low calorie food, can lead to weight gain. And our obesity problem in this country stems from our lack of inactivity as much as it does from our diet. We all spend too much time sitting on the couch watching TV, or staring glazy eyed at our computer screens. The only part of the body on some kids that gets exercise is their fingers when they are texting incessantly. So if you make my recipes, you don’t have to eat the whole casserole or all the biscuits in one setting. MODERATION, MY FRIENDS!

And in reference to the above mentioned items, i.e. fanciness or healthiness, I don’t care.  You don’t have to cook it or eat it so if you find any of it objectionable the solution is that simple. Food police are not allowed! That said, my requirements for food are that it look good, smell good, and taste good!  That’s it plain and simple! Hope you enjoy some good, old New England fare and keep coming back for more.


Recipe Disclaimer — 7 Comments

  1. Hi:

    I think my husband is in love with you! He’s originally from Maine and has been searching for different things his mom used to cook when he was younger. He found your website this evening and keeps yelling from the computer room, “she must have known my mother because here’s my mother’s recipe for…..”

    I have bookmarked your website, hope you don’t mind, because I know that I will be making many of the recipes you have listed. It’s good that I like to cook and also living in NH and retired, I have plenty of time to do what I like to do…….Cook.

    The only thing I have to remind my husband is from your disclaimer that states:

    “… you don’t have to eat the whole casserole or all the biscuits in one setting. MODERATION, MY FRIENDS!”

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    • Glad to have you folks with us! Now you must plan a visits to Maine so your hubby can revisit his roots! New England is the best place in the world to live. I was born in Nashua, NH and grew up in Hudson. My dad was an animal trainer at Benson’s Wild Animal Farm, an amazing tourist attraction from the 1930’s through the 1970’s.

  2. This is so good! I’m from South Georgia and I totally agree. I like your style, and my sides hurt from laughing so hard. I’ve always said folks used to get out and work in the fields to burn up the calories and sweat out the fat ;-) I have a desk job and a blog, so I know how hard it is to make one’s self do “manual labor” ;-) I shall enjoy going through your recipes.

  3. I simply can not stop laughing!! I totally feel the same way!! When I read your recipe disclaimer and after I stopped laughing, I knew I needed to comment. I am also a recipe book hoarder or a recipe hoarder in general and I can totally relate to everything you have said above…some of my recipes are also from magazines from the 60’s! I only wish I would have thought of this wonderful, funny and oh so true disclaimer first! LOL Thank you for making my day:)

    • I am still building this blog so you have to keep watching for them as I put them up but if you go to the right side of the page, you will see a widget that says “posts by categories”, click on it and a drop down menu will appear and “recipes” will be one of the categories. I’m working on a recipe section so that they will all appear there eventually and be sorted by resipe type. Oceanside, CA…you are so far away. Transplanted to the other end of the earth. Well, I hope you come back to visit me here often and it can be a little touch of home for you. What part of New England did you live in? I grew up in Hudson, New Hampshire, where my Dad was an animal trainer for Benson’s Wild Animal Farm, and moved here to northern Maine 20 years ago.
      Nice to hear from you… and a great big Maine Moose hug for you.
      Sheryl T.

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