>I Put My Foot In It.Posted: February 3, 2011
>There are a few meals, and dishes, that I can do really well. I am typically more of a baker then a cooker, but the things I cook, and enjoy cooking, I make really well.
My lasagna is tasty, homemade pizza is really good (I make my own crust and sauce.) Mack’s favorite meal of garlicky pork chops with rice, and a side of “special rice” is also really good. The one thing that everyone in my family and extended family totally agrees on is my homemade Mac and Cheese.
Every time we have the big girls over for dinner this is always requested. Every family potluck type dinner it is as well. When my mother-in-law was still alive, she would call me and ask me to make it especially for her. I would make her an entire 3qt recipe, divide it into smaller foil containers, so that she could heat it up and eat it for dinners.
The first time I made the Mac and Cheese for my husband’s family I was really nervous. I don’t know if you know this, but black people like Macaroni and Cheese done a certain way. I was really nervous that mine wouldn’t stand up to the test. We had all of my husband’s family to our house for Christmas Eve dinner, one year shortly after we had been married (including his evil niece), we had ham, sweet potato casserole, a bunch of other stuff including (gak), greens, and my Macaroni and Cheese.
We all loaded up the plates, my husband’s Mom said grace, everyone except me, dug in. I just sat back a little to wait and see what happened.
My mother-in-law said something right before she took a bite of it about how daring it was of me to serve Macaroni and Cheese to all these black folks. She was teasing, but still.
She took a bite. She took another bite.
With her mouth still kind of full, she sits back and says, “Kelly, you sure did put your foot in this Mac N Cheese!”
I was speechless.
Mostly, because I didn’t know what the hell she was talking about.
Was it good?
Was it stinky like a foot?
She never did tell me, I had to ask my husband after everyone went home.
The good news is that putting your foot in something, is a high compliment of your cooking.
I guess I should have realized this since that 3 quarts of Macaroni and Cheese was gone in minutes.