Hi. That's Allie lounging in the sun. I'm Pam. I'm an author who's decided to learn to cook. Not that I can't cook. I microwave well! I make salads! I order online...
Working from home, I have a lot more time to try new things. One thing I want to master is cooking. For years, I've collected cookbooks and torn recipes out of magazines and printed recipes from the internet. I have a TON of them shouting "Me! Me!," all trying to get my attention.
I'm going to start with simple dishes. I'm a lover of tuna noodle casseroles. I can see a lot of frowns out there from people who either think it's an unhealthy choice or people who think it's too easy. Mainly, I haven't had a tuna noodle casserole in a really long time and I miss it. I thought I had a recipe tucked away somewhere that I've actually used in the past...the long ago past, but when I tried to find it I had no luck. So, I've been searching for other recipes. All those cookbooks I've been collecting--nope. I found a few broccoli casseroles. Maybe I can substitute tuna for broccoli?
I took a break and searched another cupboard with cookbooks and found "San Francisco a la Carte, A Cookbook." It has a tuna noodle casserole! It asks for chopped green peppers. Do you think that means bell peppers or chili peppers? I kind of think the chili peppers would be more exciting. It also asks for water chestnuts. I guess it's a fancy cookbook so had to pretty the casserole up. Also asks for chopped celery...a whole cup. I'm not a big fan. I don't get why people like to put celery in stuff. I'll probably cut the celery way down. Maybe 1/4 cup, or a few tablespoons. I'll put cooking a tuna noodle casserole on the agenda for Saturday. I'll need all day to figure it out.
Meantime, I'm writing books. I have three published ones, and a fourth is coming out March 9. The upcoming one is the third in a middle grade series.
Everyone says it's important to have a blog. I didn't jump on the idea, because I wondered what I'd write about. I thought my culinary journey might be interesting, and maybe people would be interested in my books. So this is my first entry in my new Writing and Cooking blog.
I have a question for other writers. Is there such a thing as an idea person? Someone who helps you with story direction, as in you have a good start but don't know where to take the story, so it would be someone who can make creative suggestions regarding a story line. I think of that usually partway through each of my books and end up figuring it out for myself, but I sometimes think I'd love a little help. For laughs, I googled "plot ideas" and got a lot of writing prompts, but that's not what I need. I'm probably stuck with doing it myself.
I guess this is all for now. I'll come back after I've cooked up a fabulous tuna noodle casserole.