“That’s not how my mom makes it!”

Aislinn Macnamara‘s post a few weeks ago had me thinking about the times Husband compared my cooking to his mother’s.  When he was The Boyfriend, I knew I was headed for trouble when he exalted his mom’s skills in the kitchen.  And rightly so.  Dinner is always a culinary adventure at her house.  And she makes the BEST salads.   But if the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, I was going to need a four-course gourmet meal to compete.

One time I decided to make him a meatloaf.  (For those who know me, this is BEFORE I developed my meatloaf phobia.  And I’m completely positive these two things are unrelated.)  It smelled fantastic and looked divine.  Then-Boyfriend took one bite and exclaimed, “Where’s the cheese?”

What the who now?  The cheese???

Apparently, my mother-in-law puts a layer of cheese in the middle of the loaf.  (I think she also adds tomato sauce.)  It’s what Then-Boyfriend knows.  It’s what Then-Boyfriend wants.  It’s what Then-Boyfriend didn’t get.

I think he’s used to my cheeseless meatloaf now.  Fortunately for him, though, I’ve pretty much stopped making any meatloaf at all.  (See above for aforementioned phobia.)

It’s not all bad, though.  A few times he’s told me whatever I cooked was BETTER than his mother’s.  (Sorry, Dottie, if you’re reading this.  Your cooking is AWESOME regardless.)  Of course, I don’t remember what those dishes were.  And my Tuna Noodleriffic recipe came from her.

And there’s also the story of the corn side dish.  Who the heck ever thought to combine corn with sour cream?  Bacon?  Sauted ONIONS?  But it was Then-Boyfriend’s favorite side dish, so one day I called his mom and got the recipe.  Then-Boyfriend came over for dinner and I served him his plate.

Him:  What’s in the corn?”
Me:  Bacon.
Him:  Oh, my mother makes it this wa… HEY!
Me:  fist pump

At least that time, cooking like his mom  was a success.

So what about you?  Have you developed your culinary masterpieces with the help from the SO’s parents?


4 thoughts on ““That’s not how my mom makes it!”

  1. Oh, yeah… the recipe:

    Corn and Sour Cream, from Elegant but Easy.
    4 slices of bacon
    1 onion (or more or less, depending on how much you like onion)
    2 cans of corn, drained
    8oz sour cream

    Cook the bacon in a frying pan. Crumble it when it’s cooled.
    Saute the onions in butter. (I’ve modified these steps. I cook with turkey bacon, and usually I just use onion flakes. I know, I know… )
    Add corn, bacon, onions, and sour cream to saucepan. Heat it up and serve.

    • HA! I learned to cook meatloaf in a pressure cooker from my mother-in-law! I’ve been baking it in the oven since I first learned to make it at the age of 14, but the pressure cooker makes it unbelievably tender. I never would’ve thought of meatloaf needing to be tender. Know what I mean? I haven’t done it this way, though, since the day the pressure plug blew while cooking a roast. I had beef broth raining from the ceiling after that incident. It was EVERYWHERE in the kitchen. What a mess.

      What is Elegant but Easy? A cookbook? I think I’m going to give this recipe a whirl sometime next week. 🙂

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