I'm a single woman who enjoys a variety of activities. Besides cooking, I love to go salsa dancing and swing dancing.
My favorite things to cook
I love using fresh vegetables from the farmer's markets in the summertime, like salads with really good, fresh tomatoes, green beans, corn, or asparagus. 'Love fresh berries in the summer too, and peaches. I decided to go vegetarian in 2008. Since I rarely ate beef and pork anyway it was not that big of a transition altho' I do miss my fish tacos from time to time!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Although I don't make them often, my mother taught me to make pies from scratch when I was a girl with crusts from scratch as well, so I enjoy making the occasional fruit pie. I have a number of my favorite family recipes in a card file at home, and one of my favorites for the holidays is a Danish dressing from my paternal grandmother that uses apples, raisins, prunes, cinnamon, and bread cubes all moistened with a little milk and then baked.
My cooking triumphs
I recently prepared what I suppose would be a four course meal (soup, salad, main course & sides, dessert) for my entire family for Christmas. Everything was done when it was supposed to be and it all looked and tasted great! Everyone was quite impressed and it was very gratifying.
My cooking tragedies
Once when I was a girl my sister and I made some chocolate cupcakes and we added in some peppermint sprinkles. I don't know if we put in too many bits or what, but the cupcakes all collapsed! We still sometimes refer to the "crater cakes!"