Recipe for Success

March 29, 2023 General /FamilyRecipes

Mariah was faced with cooking a meal for her family.

Many thoughts entered her mind at one time. What can I make? Are they going to like it? What if they don’t like it? What would my mother do? How can I give this dish a new twist? Why does this recipe seem so hard?

Cooking can be an overwhelming, yet rewarding activity.

It means different things to different people. It can depend on your family, your experiences with food or even the part of the country where you live. Some people think of fellowship, comfort, love, family and friends when cooking comes to mind. Others are scared to death and won’t go near a kitchen. However, in the long run, cooking can save money and give your family a healthier diet.

The art of cooking starts with meal planning and preparation.

When planning a meal, start with the foods and spices you already have. You should think about the people that you are going to serve — their likes, their dislikes, allergies or special diets. An important thing to consider is time — how much time do you have to cook? Don’t just think of one meal, consider how you might use parts of it later in the week for other meals. Adding one or two ingredients can give your original dish a whole new twist.

If you are new to cooking, it’s a good idea to use a recipe.

Recipes serve as your roadmap for cooking. They tell you the ingredients, temperature and cooking time. Once you get comfortable, you can make the dish with your own personal touch. Below are ten common cooking terms that might help to make things a little easier.

10 Common Cooking Terms

Mariah found this easy recipe online, but made a few changes to the recipe.

She was out of fresh garlic, so she used ¼ teaspoon garlic powder instead. Her family loves chicken, so she used 3 pieces instead of 2. Because she found chicken on sale, the total cost was only $7.10 or $0.89 per serving. This recipe provides enough for another meal!

20-Minute Chicken Creole


Recipe modified from Oregon State University Cooperative Extension Services.

Side-Lying Hold

  1. For the right breast, lie on your right side with your baby facing you.
  2. Pull your baby close. Your baby’s mouth should be level with your nipple.
  3. In this position, you can cradle your baby’s back with your left arm and support yourself with your right arm and/or pillows.
  4. Keep loose clothing and bedding away from your baby.
  5. Reverse for the left breast.

This hold is useful when:


Cross-Cradle Hold

  1. For the right breast, use your left arm to hold your baby’s head at your right breast and baby’s body toward your left side. A pillow across your lap can help support your left arm.
  2. Gently place your left hand behind your baby’s ears and neck, with your thumb and index finger behind each ear and your palm between baby’s shoulder blades. Turn your baby’s body toward yours so your tummies are touching.
  3. Hold your breast as if you are squeezing a sandwich. To protect your back, avoid leaning down to your baby. Instead, bring your baby to you.
  4. As your baby’s mouth opens, push gently with your left palm on baby’s head to help them latch on. Make sure you keep your fingers out of the way.
  5. Reverse for the left breast.

This hold is useful when:


Clutch or “Football” Hold

  1. For the right breast, hold your baby level, facing up, at your right side.
  2. Put your baby’s head near your right nipple and support their back and legs under your right arm.
  3. Hold the base of your baby’s head with your right palm. A pillow underneath your right arm can help support your baby’s weight.
  4. To protect your back, avoid leaning down to your baby. Bring baby to you instead.
  5. Reverse for the left breast.

This hold is useful when:


Cradle Hold

  1. For the right breast, cradle your baby with your right arm. Your baby will be on their left side across your lap, facing you at nipple level.
  2. Your baby’s head will rest on your right forearm with your baby’s back along your inner arm and palm.
  3. Turn your baby’s tummy toward your tummy. Your left hand is free to support your breast, if needed. Pillows can help support your arm and elbow.
  4. To protect your back, avoid leaning down to your baby. Instead, bring your baby to you.
  5. Reverse for the left breast.

This hold is useful when:


Laid-Back Hold

  1. Lean back on a pillow with your baby’s tummy touching yours and their head at breast level. Some moms find that sitting up nearly straight works well. Others prefer to lean back and lie almost flat.
  2. You can place your baby’s cheek near your breast, or you may want to use one hand to hold your breast near your baby. It’s up to you and what you think feels best.
  3. Your baby will naturally find your nipple, latch, and begin to suckle.

This hold is useful when: