Edited to add: Pictures now available!
This is odd. I continually try to upload pictures today, and each time I get the box with the red X through it. Hmm. So, no pictures of the cooking school today. Hopefully this is only a temporary condition.
We haven't had cooking school in awhile because of my birthday and 4th of July and whatnot, but we did last night. Lucy made sloppy joes, cheese fries, and banana pudding. Her sloppy joes were fantastic, and after much study and taste testing, I am here to tell you that the definitive BBQ sauce, the absolute best, in our opinion, is Corky's. Corky's is a Memphis BBQ place, but I am thrilled to discover that they now sell their sauce in the Midwest. We also like Famous Dave's (but only cooked, not as a dipping sauce) and Jack Daniels (what?!), but Corky's is our favorite.
As for the cheese fries, instead of putting the cheese sauce on top we served it as a dipping sauce. (On a side note, did you know that the worst appetizer--for your health, not taste-wise--in the entire United States is the Aussie cheese fries with ranch dressing from Outback Steakhouse? They have 2,900 calories and 182 grams of fat. So yeah, we served our cheese on the side.) Anyway, 50% of our family--members whose names begin with "A" and "E"--loved the cheese sauce. The other 50% pronounced it, in a word, "strange."
The banana pudding, however, was a hit with everyone except Elaine who wasn't allowed to have any because she didn't eat her sloppy joes (she has some meat issues). We used Paula Deen's "Not Yo Mama's Banana Pudding" recipe with just a slight tweak: we use cheesecake pudding instead of vanilla. No disrespect to anyone's mama, but it is the best banana pudding ever. It's Darren's favorite dessert, so he was very happy. He's been asking for some all summer. And yeah, that is a LOT for four people, two of whom are quite small. And yet...it's usually gone within 48 hours.
This post doesn't have the same impact as it would with pictures, but maybe it'll be working later today. It's very, very hot here now, and there's a good picture of Lucy standing next to the meal she cooked. Her hair is all wet from playing in the pool, yet she's wearing a faux velvet Sleeping Beauty dress and a heavy red fleece cape from when she was Little Red Riding Hood for Halloween three years ago. Wardrobe is very important in cooking, dontcha know...
And I just added this picture because she's so cute, I could eat her up...