October 2, 2017
When I was a teen-ager I would never have admitted it, but I had an amazing Home Economics teacher, Mrs. Wheeler. In fact, it saddens me to say she was not popular at all. Interesting, how that works, since she and Mr. King (English teacher) possibly made the most positive impact in my life. Keep in mind I went to high school in Coalinga a community that was impacted by oil money. We really learned to cook, not just open cans, or just talk about food. Of course you know my first teacher was my Mama, but Mrs. Wheeler also made an impact in my cooking experience. In addition to cooking, she taught me basic sewing, interior design, refinishing furniture and many more skills like being frugal. I recall her using a spatula to scrape every little bit out of each bowl. Most dishes I learned in class I would cook at home for my family. Dishes such as beef stroganoff, German potato salad, chow mein and desserts like cream pies, lemon merengue, apple strudel and cream puffs.I truly enjoyed cooking, also it was my way of avoiding washing dishes. Because in our home, the rule was if you cooked you did not have to do dishes. I also remember making the half hour ride to school in Coalinga from Huron in the early morning. Inevitably, one of my siblings would yell out in the bus, “Ray, what are you cooking for dinner tonight?” I use to get embarrassed and want to slide down my seat. I’d think we just finished having breakfast and you’re already thinking of dinner.
Thank you Father