Mother of two teenaged boys with big, but very different appetites. I'll often cook two completely different meals for dinner to accomodate them. My challenge is to find recipes we all enjoy.
My favorite things to cook
I am really enjoying just trying new recipes and new gadgets. I love using Great Big Beautiful Bertha, my Kitchenaid mixer to make cakes and cookies.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother always made sweet potato pie for Christmas Dinner. She'd bake it the day before, so every Christmas morning my breakfast would be a slice of her homemade heaven, for which she never used a recipe. It was my father's appointed task to put the cooked sweet potatoes through the hand ricer, which required considerable strength.
My cooking triumphs
Preparing and delivering a big, hot, homemade breakfast to a very large family on the morning of a very early funeral service - on time and delicious. Also, I feel like it is a daily triumph to work more than 40 hours a week and still prepare just about everything from scratch.
My cooking tragedies
I once had an airbake cupcake tin malfunction in the oven. One of the cupcake sections literally shot out of the pan during baking, and spewed batter all over the oven.