When I'm at home with my husband I love to entertain our family and friends and when I'm away for extended training courses with the military or deployed overseas there's always a crowd at my place around dinner time. Living a fast paced life on a low budget I'm always looking for great meal ideas that are big on taste but not on time and I'm always modifing recipies based on what's on hand. The downside to good cooking is you can't get enough! My husband always loses weight when I go away and puts it back on as soon as I'm cooking again! lol So now I'm looking to modify all my favorite recipies to be a little more health-friendly for daily eating!
My favorite things to cook
Recently I've really started to explore cooking with wine. I'm addicted to cooking with olive oil, garlic and fresh ground pepper, and my meals often tend to have either a sweet undertone or a spicy kick - sometimes both! I'm never short on ideas when it comes to pasta or chicken and I love to prepare a well seasoned steak under the broiler, its quick and easy and always gets rave reviews from friends! I make a killer beef stroganoff...and my deployment days have reignited my love of slow cooker recipies!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I was homeschooled as a kid and my mom had my brother and I cooked at least one meal a week. We had to plan out our meal, create a shopping list, and then she would give us a set amount of money and take us to the grocery store to make our purchases and then we'd cook the entire meal ourselves. :) We had so much fun and learned the valuable art of cooking and budget shopping. When my brother left for college he ended up cooking all the time at the Fraternity house because most of the guys didn't know how! And of course, my skills were well sought after when the chow hall wasn't cutting it!
My cooking triumphs
Nothing specific, but I'm proud of the fact that my friends and family enjoy my cooking and seek it out. I think I get that from my great grandma. She was always feeding us when we came over, it was her way of showing that she loved and cared about us. I do have to say I was pretty impress with my creativity during my last deployment to Afghanistan, its really sharpened my skills at subsitution cooking! :)
My cooking tragedies
Again, nothing specific, but when you like to experiment with your cooking you are bound to have one go awry now and then :)