I guess we learned this from our mother...
Betty, aka Bett, Betty Boop, Nena...loved having her family around her. She had a big family, six natural born children and two adopted children. All these children married and had children of their own. I don't think Mom and Dad really ate many meals by themselves, there was always someone around the table and if you stopped in, you were expected to stay and have dinner with them, no ifs, ands or buts about it.
Betty loved to cook and she was a good cook. She would make the most delicious comfort foods around, roasts, casseroles, soups, stews, cakes, cookies, you name it, any old fashion comfort food, she would make it and she would prepare it without recipes. Her only down fall was she wasn't too adventurous. That's where we came in...
Everyone one of her children love(d) to try new foods. I remember the first time I made homemade lasagna for Mom, she loved it and lasagna became one of her all time favorite recipes to make. She was a little skittish to venture out, but with a little persuasion we were able to broaden her horizons. She learned to enjoy quesadillas, Chicken/Veal Parmesan, baklava, stir fry... but she put her foot down to Indian cuisine. ; )
Some of us married spouses that love to cook and some of our children also picked up on that love. (And we wonder why a few of us fight the battle of the bulge!) So this past Christmas, a few of us started talking about doing a recipe blog. There are several reasons for this. First of all, we wanted a way to catalog our recipes where they would be within easy reach when we are away from home. Secondly, we thought this would be a great way to stay in touch since we are all over the country. And lastly, we wanted to honor our mother and share her love of family and food.
So here is our new blog, Eat at Bett's, in honor of Betty LaBelle our mother and Nena. There are four contributors at the moment, but we expect to add more. There will be recipes (old favs from mom and new ones we have come to love), antidotes about the family, favorite books and cookbooks, as well as pictures of food and family. The site will grow and develop more over time.
You are all welcome to stop by and visit and use recipes if you wish and just enjoy our family (we are bit crazy at times!).
Thanks for our heritage mom, here's to you. We miss you dreadfully but know you are loving being with Jesus.