Hi! My name is Audrey and I love to cook for my P.S. (Pantry Supplier/hubby) and myself in my spare time. We have two grown, married children who both also love to cook. Our son and his wife have made us grandparents to 4 lovely children. Our daughter and her hubby are still thinking about it.
Hosting large family meals on holidays and birthdays is one of the best parts of being a mother and grandmother. I love to try out new recipes as well as make our traditional favorites. I enjoyed cooking with my kids as they grew up and it’s fun to be able to pass on recipes for them to cook with their new families through a blog,
I used ‘Lady Melady’ for my blog because Melady is the nickname I use in programs on the internet. It seemed like a more interesting theme and yes, I am the princess of my own castle when I’m at home. I do actually own a tiara and invoke the Power of the Tiara at times. Not really, I’m totally joking. But I do own that tiara.
I taught myself to cook when I went off to college at 18. I had to guess at how to boil water because my Mom preferred her 5 kids to stay out of the kitchen while she cooked. As a new wife there were a few years of frantic phone calls for favorite recipes and tips from Mom. My Mom really is an excellent cook. I collected her recipes and recipes I cut out of magazines onto little index cards and shoved them into boxes for years. Sometimes I even made the recipes.
Once the internet was invented and I got my first computer in the winter of 1997, I had a goal to get my messy recipe collection entered into a program where I could find them easily. I set up a computer in a corner of my kitchen but didn’t actually complete that goal until a full five years later, From there the hobby grew. Four computers later, the program stores my recipes in the same kitchen corner, even though I more often use my laptop in the living room in the evenings while I listen to my tv programs.
My hubby Scott, whom I call my P.S. because he loves to shop and really is my Personal Shopper, does the bulk of the household shopping. He is also in the grocery stores daily in relation to his work, so he’s closer to the food.. This means a sometimes unusual combination of foods in our cupboards and fridge. Often the items were on sale or he found them interesting at the time. Or maybe he was just hungry and the food item looked good. It is hard to explain why we have 4 different kinds of paprika, 7 kinds of vinegar and 8 kinds of oil. He does like to buy the more eclectic types of foods and spices!
At times my P.S. (Princely Spouse) even cooks for us. He makes great meals when he’s in the mood. He’s mostly a meat, potato and veg kind of guy, but I’m happy when I don’t have to cook after a long day of work. He does all of our outdoor grilling and does that very well. I will occasionally post one of my P.S.’s recipes when he has been more creative in making a meal.