Holidays on the Side: Vegan Basic Meat Loaf Recipe – Mushroom Nut Loaf
I am a true blue foodie to the core. I learned how to cook in my 7th grade Home Economics class in Los Angeles. When I got home, I asked my mom if I could help with dinner. Mom didn’t like to cook because growing up in the fifties when my grandmother did all the cooking and only allowed mom to bake desserts. Dad commented Your mom had a recipe box which I quickly opened to find baking stuff. Marian where are the recipes for food? Mom shot a glance You know that my mom did not allow me to cook, but baking was okay. Their first Thanksgiving was a disaster! Mom did not let it thaw and did not remove the package of neck bones, liver, etc. She put it into the oven and after six hours removed it from the oven and it was raw. So, dad did most of the cooking and taught me how to cook. He bought the full Time Life Cuisine from Around the World series. I learned to cook, Greek/Mediterranean. Italian, Japanese, Cantonese, French you name it, I cooked it. I can remember the smells evaporating and infusing the sound of jazz with the sensual smells coming from the kitchen. Mom set the table, dad and my brother sat down with a knife in the left hand and fork in the right hand with the napkin tucked into their collars proclaiming…Where are we going tonight? How about you, do you have a favorite memory of cooking around the holidays? This is something that even meat lovers will enjoy! Bon Appétit!
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