I think that this is one of the first recipes that I realized recipes were just suggestions. I’ve been cooking this since I was in high school.
My mother, bless her heart, was a box cook. I still remember her discovering what. My family thought was a marvel-goulash.
I was in middle school and the neighbor boy came over with a bowl of it. My mom immediately had me get the ingredients. Prego, hamburger and elbow noodles. Yup, that’s all it was. As someone who loves to cook the simplicity of it is laughable but my mom wasn’t a cook. She was a box cook. As in open a box, add water or milk, prepare as directed type of cook.
So the day I was making this recipe, which was in apple, and realized I could use something other than apple was a ground breaking day. I still clearly remember when I realized I could add cinnamon or sugar, or the breathtaking day I used…wait for it…both!! After that this became “my” recipe. You know the recipe that you have that your family always want only you to make? That’s what this became for me in our family.
It was the start of my love of really cooking. Something I’m still discovering as I learn how to eat all over again. I love the joy of learning how to combine flavors. I thrill at learning to go one level closer to scratch. As I learn to make my own seasonings and rely less on what I can buy prepared from the store my love of cooking only deepens.
I don’t think I have anything groundbreaking to share. This is really just a peek into the steps it takes to really learn to cook. I guess I’m smart enough to know that I don’t know much about cooking. So rather than words of wisdom and original recipes I’m putting my own spin onto things. I’m taking recipes and just adding my spin. It may be something as simple as cutting down the serving size or as much as taking an idea and putting a more WLS friendly twist to it.
Along the way I’m hoping to learn to take more beautiful pictures. So much of what inspired me was a beautiful picture on Pinterest and I hope to learn to take pictures that really show the beauty of cooking.
Dump cake isn’t a recipe. It’s like taco soup. Take some of something off category A-F and combine it. The type doesn’t matter. It’s all about the flavors you combine.
That in mind you need a fruit filling, a cake mix, some oil and some spices. This time around it was peach, jiffy yellow cake mix, margarine because I’m trying to get rid of it and brown sugar.
Dump in the fruit. Top with cake mix. Put dollops of margarine on top and sprinkle brown sugar over the top. Bake in a 350° oven until golden brown on top. Cool until you can’t wait any longer. Eat.Dessert