Welcome to the Food and Recipes section of Managed By Mom.
My first memories of cooking are with my grandmother. I remember being 4 or 5 years old, in our tiny kitchen in Massachuestts, watching her make crusts for apple pies. We had one apple tree in our back yard. Yes, exactly one. And one pear and one peach tree – a fruit trifecta;) (I have no idea how they got there and, apparently, I never thought to ask.)
In the fall my grandmother would gather the ripe apples she could reach, and have me pick up those that had just fallen, and we’d make apple pies and apple tarts so the fruit wouldn’t go to waste. Well, she would really make them and I would be her helper. Even now I can smell the mingling of butter, apples and cinnamon that would waft from the oven as we baked. It was heavenly! We spent many afternoons together over the years baking pies, cookies, and cakes. She taught me most of what I know about cooking, and the wonderful memories I have from being in the kitchen with her probably explain why I enjoy it so much.
I’ve spent many hours baking and cooking with my own kids over the years. Cookies were defintely their favorite – especially chocolate chip – and not cookie bars – they had to be individually cookies;) Cakes with dump trucks and ballerinas on them, and muffins and cupcakes of every flavor! Sometimes they had more frosting on their faces than made it to the cupcakes;) I hope they look back on those times as fondly as I do.
Birthday cakes are still home made at our house, and if you ask my kids what the secret ingredient is they will wink and say “love”;) We’ve had lots of great times, and at least a few mishaps – like the time I put too much chocolate mousse between the cake layers – and the top layer slid off- and landed the floor next to the table. The shock on all our faces must have been priceless! Maybe VISA will make a commercial.
I hope you’ll find some recipes here you’ll want to try. Scroll through this site or click on any of the links below. I only post recipes I have personally made, so there aren’t any on this site that haven’t been “test driven”. I try to post at least one new recipe each week. So please check back from time to time to see what’s new.
Feel free to contact me and share what you liked or how you tweaked a recipe to make it your own. I’d love to hear about it!