Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Here we go...

I have read the beginning of the cook book. I love how Paula Deen includes stories of growing up in the south. I love that she laughs now at her struggles. I love that she is slang in her language.

I will start with appetizers. I love to spend an entire evening muching on a table full of appetizers. I have made my grocery list that includes every item in the first 10 recipes. Not sure who will eat these, my 14 year old does not eat any meat... or anything that is not cheese based! I may have to recruit some friends to share in my creations! Being a Gastric Bypass Girl, I can not eat tooooo much of anything, so I am prolly just cooking for the fun of it!!!

I will start with Pecan Stuffed Dates... cause it is the first recipe in the book,... and move onto Georgia Sugared Peanuts... which I would prolly like better in pecans! but I will follow the recipes... (cause the stuffed dates would prolly taste really good with some gorganzola in them too... but I wont stray!!)
Appetizers don't scare me a bit, it is when you talk about frying chicken and making gravy that I get all scared!!! 

Well here we go! Tomorrow, I will spend the day baking my normal cakes, meeting with Brides and Grooms, and then cooking like Paula does!!! Till then!

The Caketress Cooks!

I got the movie Julie and Julia for Christmas and it got me thinking! I can bake... anything... and I bake 7 days a week. But cooking scares me to death. When I worked in a professional kitchen, I could work any station needed, but in the last 7 years since I have been just baking, I have lost the touch and confidence needed to cook. So... Julie and Julia inspired me to relearn the art of cooking!!! I am not going to cook Julia Child's cookbook, although I think that would be amazing. I am a southern girl, with southern roots and southern values. So I am going to start with Paula Deens cookbook Kitchen Classics.

I own a Specialty Bakery business, called Special Cakes by Sara, so I know how to bake, but I am really excited to bake her desserts. I love the use of BUTTER! I hope to get my 14 year old daughter involved in cooking as well. This should be an experience that will be memorable for ever.