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Cooking from the Heart on Thanksgiving

            I remember I was 15 years old and I had cooked my first real dinner for me and my mom. We had steak, mashed potatoes, string beans and macaroni and cheese and I was really proud of myself because I didn't think anything was going to come out right. My mom wanted me to cook for her all the time after that. Watching my mom cook coming up really was fun and interesting, because at times she would let me help and test taste the food at times.
             In high school during my sophomore and senior year I took up a cooking class and learned different things to cook. We made all kinds of dishes in that class. I remember I had to pick a recipe to cook and I was being graded on it. I picked the rack of lamb with asparagus and garlic sauce. It tasted pretty good and I got and A. I also made a dessert. I made cranberry cookies with white icing. I thought they were going to be nasty, but they were very good. When I finally got of age and started living on my own, I loved to cook some of everything. On Sundays I would cook big meals all the time, and it was just me at the time until I had my two kids; then it was no leftovers at all on Sundays. One of my favorite Sunday dinners to cook was barbeque ribs, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, candy yams and corn bread. Then I started trying out recipes; some of them came out bad and some came out good. One of my favorite recipes that I prepared was the homemade kale chicken fettuccine with garlic bread and a side salad. I also made another recipe called the American Style New Orleans Jambalaya that was also a very good dish.
             There were a lot of good other recipes that I tried and they turned out really good. The month of December on Christmas Day of 2012 I made a seafood dinner. I cooked shrimp, snow crab legs, fried scallops, clams and steamed oysters, and I cooked soul food too. I cooked barbeque spare ribs, corn on the cob, yellow rice, collard greens, sweet corn and butter rolls and for dessert I had sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie, and apple pie with vanilla ice cream.

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