My husband Steven & I have been married since 1995 and our son Jacob was born in 1997. I've mostly been a stay at home mom, but I do volunteer work in my community. I don't really enjoy cooking that much so I love Allrecipes, where I can search for recipes that use whatever I happen to have and then make whatever is quickest and easiest!
My favorite things to cook
I love baking more than cooking - sweet breads are my specialty. One of my favorite recipes is Grandmama Smiths's Hawaiian banana nut bread which I make every Christmas to give to everyone. Most people call it hummingbird cake. I also like baking Grandma Mann's blonde brownies, they are the best. My cooking usually consists of whatever I can throw in a casserole dish and bake without a lot of prep work. My favorite to make is my mom's meatloaf with mushroom gravy. My son loves the meatball recipe I found on here and we eat that at least once a month!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Thanksgiving I make a sweet potato pie for my father-in-law, who claims to like them and my mother-in-law won't make them! I use real sweet potatoes, not canned, and my Aunt Nona's recipe. My favorite recipes seem to be the ones from family, I can always trust them to turn out great.
My cooking triumphs
Anytime I can cook something without burning, oversalting, overcooking, or much effort is a triumph.
My cooking tragedies
My son likes to remind me of the time I was making him pizza toast and forgot they were in the oven - under the broiler on high for 30 minutes!