I'm no International chef.
It try, but even Momma found ways to 'cheat' authentic cuisine with affordable, and time saving, meal aids. Whether it was a new simmer sauce, a 'Helper' meal, or simply meshing leftover ingredients into a whole new dish; every busy home cook knows we can't be Paula Deen every day. I remember the first time Momma tried to make Moo Shu Pork wraps, just a day after discovering them at our hometown Chinese restaurant. She was determined to whip up a home made plum preserves sauce, steam the pork, and make handmade pancakes as authentic as Chinese tradition. The earnest attempt was a bit of a flop, as Pop and I feigned grins and awkward thumbs up between the gritty syrup like sauce and lumpy pancake wraps. Because no man should ever humbly suggest an alternate method in a woman's kitchen (or he is sure to catch the wrath), I casually picked up a jar of Moo Shu Plum Sauce on our next shopping trip and suggested Momma give the recipe a try again, without so much elbow grease on her end. The result was a new family favorite dish we enjoyed once a month for years to come!
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