I grew up on a farm about 14 miles out of Rocky. We mainly raised chickens and turkeys, but had the occasional herd of cows and sheep. Being out in the country, you couldn't just order out if you didn't feel like cooking. You made large meals from scratch that would extend a few days and not waste anything. We were spoiled with fresh milk, eggs, garden vegetables, and enjoyed roast chicken, and always had a wonderful turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas....and my mother's baking. It was important for her to provide well rounded meals to her family as her mother did for her. She says there's no excuse why anyone can't learn to cook and provide meals for your family. The cookies and other baked goods that seemed to always be in the house, were an extra I love you. I took an interest in cooking and especially baking since I was in my early teens and watched and learned from my mom, who is my inspiration.
My favorite things to cook
Putting together desserts and baking is my favorite thing to do.... especially chocolate things.
I also enjoy making homemade pizza, my family's traditional recipes, casseroles and chicken cacciatore served w/ pasta.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family is of German decent so these are the recipes that have been brought down from generations.
Grandpa made perogys called Varenyky. They're traditionally filled with cottage cheese (which I still do) and served w/ fried farmers sausage and cream/butter sauce. Terrific fried the next day.
Kielke - a mennonite recipe of freshly made pasta cut into tiny rectangles and boiled, served w/ sauted onion and cream sauce served w/ sausage or ham. Leftovers also great fried the next day.
Kumpstborsht - a soup made of either ham or chicken based broth w/ cubed potatoes, tomatoes, cabbage, meat and either dill(chicken) or bayleaf(ham). It's usually served w/ Rollkuchen - a soft dough cut into large rectangles, slitted in the middle and one end pulled through, then fried. Great with honey, jam, butter and sugar, or just plain.
These are very fatty foods so I only make them once a year, but they're sooo good and worth the work.
My cooking triumphs
1.My FIRST pie crust. It was perfect.
2.Spaghetti Carbonara II.
My cooking tragedies
1. All my pie crusts ever since.
2. The first time I made spaghetti. It really stuck to your ribs.