I'm a mother of three kids, from teen to toddler and I've been married for going on 12 years now. I just started cooking from scratch about four years ago, switching from throwing stuff together from boxes just so we would eat healthier as a family by doing so. I discovered I really had an interest in cooking, especially baking, and started cooking pretty much all of our meals and baked goods from scratch. In my spare time, I love to craft (mostly knitting and making Christmas ornaments, candles, and soap) and I really want to focus my energies on craft fairs next fall. I like being with my family in the outdoors more than really anything, fishing for trout, kayaking, or camping. Maine is the perfect place for an outdoor lover and sportsman looking for a quiet and peaceful life :-)
My favorite things to cook
My favorite thing to do in the kitchen as far as cooking is concerned is bake. I have a sweet tooth and three kids in the house, so nothing goes to waste around here, lol. I also love casserole dishes and things that can be assembled quickly with fresh ingrediants. Instead of making Hamburger Helper, which is full of sodium and preservatives, why not whip up a skillet beef stroganoff? It takes just as much time and is better for you (and better tasting) to boot! I also like making Italian and Mexican dishes, or regional dishes that are hearty and stick to your ribs. I love anything that involves sour cream and/or cheese, and pie can solve the problems of the world.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Probably my favorite cooking traditions revolve around holiday meals. Cooking the turkey at Thanksgiving is huge with me. I love it and wouldn't do anything BUT a full-on Thanksgiving dinner every year. Christmas is a holiday to change it up to something really special and/or different, and for Easter everyone and their brother knows it's either ham or lamb -- there are no other choices, LOL. Thanksgiving is total tradition time though -- turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoe casserole, green bean casserole, and rolls. That's what's on my menu every year, lol. Don't forget the appetizers and apple, chocolate cream, pumpkin and pecan pies! Yum.
My cooking triumphs
Probably when I mastered the roux technique and when I mastered New York style cheesecake. I was pretty pleased to find the perfect pumpkin bread and turn out the perfect chicken pot pie, too.
My cooking tragedies
Used double baking soda once in a batch of cookies thinking I hadn't put the soda in yet, but I had. They STUNK horribly and I had to throw the baking sheet out. Fail.