I am recovering from carpral tunnel surgery and still have arthritis in both thumbs, so sometimes cooking is a challenge. I also am rasing a 5 yar old granddaughter so I try to keep the food simple and easy. i cannot serve french fries and chocolate shakes every night. I used to cook a lot more than I do now as I had a really big combined family for a while, now we go to their houses to eat which is nice. I still think (KNOW!) I am a better cook but hey, if you don't have to cook that leaves more time to relax before dinner.
My favorite things to cook
When I am up to cooking I like flour tortilla tacos, different kinds of stir frys, rice pilaf using my own recipe and I like making omelets for my husband and myself when it is just us for dinner. I like to bake at the holidays, pumpkin carrot cranberry bread being the favorite. I just do not do much cooking anymore as it is a chore with hands that don't always work like they should. I also enjoy concocting big salads or trying my hand at something I will have at a restaurant to see if I can get it close enough to enjoy. My last try at that was french onion soup and I used way too sweet onions and added sherry as so many recipes called for....lets say it was a disaster of the onioniest kind. Since I am the only one who likes it I will stick to Applebees. I also make my own hot and sour soup. Mine is WAY better than any of the Chinese places here and I will eat a whole panful in a few days.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I think that would have to be the turkey "green" enchiladas I made one year as i was sick to death of roast turkey. I made it in a huge industrial sized baking pan and what was leftover went home with everyone. Now I am asked to make it again and how to make it. I am never too hesitant to share recipes with family as I know I will wind up eating it at their homes and not mine which means clean pots and pans for me. I always have to make many loaves of the pumpkin carrot cranberry bread at the holidays or I am not allowed throught he door without...just kidding. But when I show up with some for sharing and an extra loaf all wrapped up I do get a nicer greeting had I showed up with a lousy fruitcake or something.
My cooking triumphs
When I was 21 I made Thanksgiving dinner for several friends. I had never cooked the meal before, helped at home of course but not the whole thing. Where I was living no one had family and no where to go so I offered myself up. I was very proud of how it turned out. I cannot remember now if anything burned or if the gravy was lumpy...all I know is we had a good time, a decent meal and were with friends at home instead of crying in our beers missing the traditional family get together. Oh, I made the grooms cakes for my daughters wedding and they were wonderful. I also did a lot of the cooking as it was an old fashioned out in the country wedding and i made stuff up as i went along and one recipe I made I still use today and everytime I still get comments on how good it is. Plain old homemade bbq sauce, hate the jarred stuff...it is so simple too but that one does remain secret. Would not get the compliments if everyone knew the secret ingredient.
My cooking tragedies
Hmmmm many of those. Ummm lets remind again of the onion soup. I once made a pumpin pie not realizing I had a can of already sugared pumkin so I added more along with spices and it was the nastiest thing I ever saw. Oh and one year I was baking homemade cheesecake for New Years and I did not have a springform pan so i used aluminum cake pans, planning to cut the pan away when it cooled. Well as we all know how much butter and oily stuff is in this cheesecake making, I got the 1st one out of the oven afely. The second was so greasy even using a hotpad it slipped and fell to the floor. i sat down next to it and cried. my (now ex) husband grabbed a fork and proceeded to eat it right of the floor he felt so bad...reminds me of the friends episode of them eating cheesecake in the hallway. I am sure there are many more, but those do stand out beyond the burned bbq chicken, or way overdone pasta when company was there. I supposed we all have these things happen, but real major disasters...nop