Throughout my life, I've been really fortunate to be surrounded by good cooks. My mom was one. So was my grandmother. Everywhere I've lived, I have made friends who liked to cook for other people. Since I like to eat, they were great matches.
I'm not sure what i am going to call it, but after spending time with so many friends along the way who cook for me, I thought i would compile a cook book of all the foods served to me by my generous hosts. Living alone for so long, and being so tired from being sick, I had gotten into a food rut, making the same easy things, or more likely, getting prepared stuff from the grocery store, carryout or drive through from restaurants, or having the same crappy food delivered. I lived in Vero Beach for fourteen years and even the good restaurants got boring. File that whine under "First World Problems."
Thanks to Pinterest, I managed to expand my food choices a little. But i still managed to get stuck in a routine, using the same recipes again and again.
Since I've been on the road, though, my taste buds have been treated to all kinds of delights that taste even more delightful because they are prepared with love by good friends.
So as i get the recipes from the chefs, i will post them.
Joe Fenton and Eileen Kelley - Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Joe's Grilled Salmon
Eileen's baked cauliflower and brussel sprouts
Missy and Kurt Caywood - Jacksonville Beach, Florida
cajun shrimp boil
Paul and Benesa Maiorana - Stafford, Virginia
vineyard picnic lunch - humuus, tabouli, stuffed shells, strawberries, grapes,
Julianna and Scott Fischer - Naugatuck, Connecticut
crockpot barbecued chicken and steamed vegetables
NYLO - Warwick, Rhode Island
clear clam chowder with smoked applewood bacon
Bill and Leslie Flynn - Harwich, Massachusetts
cranberry juice spritzers, hot dogs, burgers
Mary Lou Blute - Harwich, Massachusetts
Kathryn O'Leary Shilale - Osterville, Massachusetts
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad
Beth and Barry Lewis - Portland, Maine
Barry's Magically seasoned pork loin and purple cabbage slaw
Beth's Celery soup and salad
Tom and Jayne Shutrump - Boardman, Ohio
Pork Tenderloin with ginger garlic sauce, mashed potatoes, pie
Mike Evans' marinated peppers and crackers
Patricia Hoben and Charlie Carter - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
beer soaked brats
asian chicken thighs
brussel sprouts and bacon
arugula salad; mustard grilled chicken
Odd Duck - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Bacon wrapped gouda stuffed dates
Susan and Rod Page - Fort Collins, Colorado
Rod's Deli Board
Susan's chicken and rice soup, cauliflower gratin
Michele and Vince Cook - Broomfield, Colorado
Tortilla Chicken Soup, Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins, Pumpkin Tortellino al fredo