Never quite follows the recipe. Doesn't really measure. Tastes with her fingers. Somehow, it always works.

In which it comes full circle

Posted: October 12th, 2008 | Author: johanna | Filed under: Johanna | 20 Comments »

My parents came down to Brooklyn yesterday, to visit. I was pretty excited, because after 24 years of my mom and dad cooking for me, and me coming home to see them, it was happy for it to come around and for my parents to come see us, in our house.
I decided that I would make my RoniCheese for them – it’s easy because I’ve made it so many times, and it’s always delicious, and it’s something they’ve never had my way. I also planned to make an apple pie, because my dad loves apple pie with sharp cheddar cheese — it’s a New England thing, try it sometime.

They came down and their visit was a lot of fun. They brought Chloe, which was wonderful because of course I love any chance to see my puppins:
She’s checking life out, getting used to the Brooklyn vibe.

After a nice walk in the park and a lovely afternoon of guacamole, chips, and fried pickles at my father’s request, we set in to the pie-making and RoniCheese making.
I actually timed it just about perfectly, putting the pie in as I started making the macaroni and cheese. I finished the roni under the broiler as the pie was finishing baking, although I had to throw a little broiler at it after the pie came out.
My parents loved the food. They loved it. My dad loved it so much that his first remark, after a mouthful, was ….. “This is damn good.”
That means a lot, because it was said in a tone of absolute honesty. And it was a new one for my dad, who generally has two settings, His cooking and Everybody Else’s cooking:
His Cooking: “This is pretty good, huh??? Hey! This isn’t bad!!”
Everybody Else’s Cooking: “That’s ok. Yeah, that’s fine”
Heheh we tease him about it. But, it’s true.

He loved it so much that he didn’t give Chloe any noodles until almost his second helping. He hardly spoke until his second helping, at which point he started asking questions.
My mom really loved it too, but she was of course pre-conditioned to love it because I made it, which is a carryover of the Christmas Present Principle (you are my kid and I love you, so I will love anything you buy/make/give me). I’m really proud of it – it was delicious, the Asiago that I used on the top was perfect, and basically, it was a win. Even Chloe thought it was nommy.
I was so happy to cook for my parents. I was so happy to help them understand that this really is what I’m best at, and it’s the best way I can show people that I love them…. have them sit at my table and eat something I made with them in mind.

I was so happy to hear my mom say that she was proud of me for our place, that she was happy about how these events had turned out, that she was happy to see us here and like this.

And I was happy to see my dog!!!!!


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