“Married at 19 years I wanted to learn to cook, so began teaching myself by asking those experienced in cooking, eating good dishes prepared by others, collecting recips and trying to perfect and please the palates of those eating food I’d prepare. Some I improved on, some I discarded as the recipe collection continued through the years. At 83 years I’m still collecting.
“Hunger makes good cooks in those you prepare food for. They govern your success or failure as they encourage or discourage you along the way.
“Tastes, likes, and dislikes governs what a cook strives to attain. We all like to receive compliments for our efforts.
“Share what you learn and collect from others what they’ve experienced and you reach out as you gather and learn.
“Keep supplies stocked as they are used and run low–keep a list to replenish your larder and avoid being embarrassed or caught without.
“Learn to prepare available foods and store ahead. Canning and preserving is a very helpful help to the family budget. In season seek sources for fruits and vegetables, learn to care and prepare them for later use and you become a thrifty housewife and family provider.
“Always check what’s at hand and available to prepare a meal unexpectedly. Keep in mind or hand a few special preparations fitting to serve a quick meal combining food to please others and yourself and you’ll be considered a ‘good cook.’”