Robyn’s Food World

Robyn's Food World

Yes, I would consider myself a foodie, but not the snobby type of foodie. To me, a foodie is simply someone who enjoys food in some way. If you truly take pleasure in eating or cooking food then you are a foodie in my mind. For most of us our food world revolves around memories. Because we use all five senses – sight, taste, smell, sound and touch – when we eat the memories are very strong. In my own food world, I constantly evolve. My cravings and interests change regularly and luckily I love to share my recipes here on Robyn’s World for you.

For me, my Grandma H was my favorite cook growing up. In my mind I can still see her as clear as anything in her kitchen cooking for me and the entire family. On Monday nights, growing up, we always went to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for dinner. She did not make fancy food, just down home type of cooking but she did it very well. Her mashed potatoes were my very most favorite thing, and to this day mashed potatoes are still my favorite food. Grandma’s mashed potatoes were rich and creamy, but also nice and thick. No skins, no lumps. Perfection! Grandma also liked to please the entire family which means she would often make a ton of options so everyone was happy. I definitely picked up this habit from her which drives Hubby a bit crazy.

Another favorite food memory linked to Grandma is her poached eggs. When I spent the night at her house most often in the morning she would make poached eggs and tear up a piece of bread or toast to mix in with it. It is really the only way I liked eggs as a child (now I like them many ways). When I was on vacation with my parents and brother one year we stopped for breakfast and the waitress asked how I wanted my eggs. I told her I wanted Grandma eggs. My parents had no clue at the time what I was referring to. Eventually, and I’m not sure if it was at that meal or when we got back home, they figured out that “Grandma eggs” were poached eggs in my mind.

My foodie personality has been around as long as I can remember. There are good and bad things that go along with that. The bad is that I am an emotional eater – but it is something I work on. The good is that I have so many wonderful memories because of food. Even as a little girl I remember watching the cooking shows on PBS. When Food Network arrived on the cable TV scene I was in heaven!

Here are a few of my very favorite recipes I’ve shared on my blog:

Drunken Pork Tenderloin

My Drunken Pork Tenderloin is a huge favorite of mine and the family and so many of my readers. It is incredible rich in flavor, fairly easy and inexpensive to make, and is perfect served with my favorite side dish, mashed potatoes.

Beef Florentine Stuffed Pasta Shells

One of my favorite recipes my mom made growing up was stuffed shells. She didn’t make this often, but when she did I was a very happy camper! Jumbo pasta shells filled with a meat and cheese mixture and covered in red pasta sauce. I have changed the recipe a bit myself over the years but I still love them. This is also a great recipe in that it makes a lot and you can freeze it well. I make a full batch and have some that day and then put the rest in a casserole for a full family meal or individual portions for lunches and pop in the freezer.

Oven Roasted Potatoes, Greens Beans, Mushrooms and Onions with Thyme and Garlic RECIPE Robyns.World

This is not meant to be a dig on my mom or dad, but most of the vegetables we had growing up came from a can. Nothing wrong with that – canned hominy is still a favorite for me. However, as an adult I have learned to truly love so many more vegetables by using fresh vegetables. I roast a lot of veggies as a side dish, this recipe for roasted potatoes, green beans, mushrooms, and onions with fresh herbs is one of my favorites.

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I do not recall ever having Brussels sprouts growing up. When I was dating Hubby I ate dinner at his parent’s house often and my FIL challenged me to eat a Brussels sprout. I took the challenge, but they were boiled and I just did not like them. At some point, at a steak house I believe, I had Brussels sprouts that were caramelized and so amazing. From that experience I ended up making these balsamic roasted Brussels sprouts and I love them!

hard apple cider bread pudding with cinnamon whisky sauce

Desserts are wonderful, but I honestly do not have a huge sweet tooth. There are a few desserts that I love though and bread pudding is one of them. My favorite version is my Hard Apple Cider Bread Pudding with Cinnamon Whiskey Sauce. It is to die for!

Easy Pepper Steak Recipe

Another favorite from childhood that my mom made was Pepper Steak. Now this is not a pepper steak like you get at a Chinese restaurant at all, but it is still an amazing comfort food and only uses five ingredients. For me, the more black pepper in this dish, the better.

Robyn's Copycat Recipe of Jack's Southern Honey Cocktail

Now you, of course, need a cocktail from time to time. I have a ton of recipes for cocktails here on Robyn’s World. One of my favorites is actually a copy cat recipe from O’Charleys restaurant for Jack’s Southern Honey. So refreshing, sweet, and delicious!

If you are a foodie too, make sure you follow here on my blog but also on my social networks as I often post pictures of my own recipe creations and food photos when I dine out.

Robyn