I am a stay at home mother of 3, all of whom are under the age of 6. I am not really all that good at cooking but I do love it. I am on a budget so I like recipes that will stretch a dollar. I will be going to school to be a nutritionist when things around here aren't so crazy.
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook traditional dishes i grew up with like meatloaf, red beans and rice, spaghetti and meatballs, cornbread.... but healthier. I substitute ground turkey for ground beef, wheat flour instead of white, egg whites for whole eggs, olive oil instead of veg oil, puree for roux, bake instead of fry,etc. To up the nutritional value i often add a little V-8 in tomato sauces and tofu or soy milk into smoothies.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom isn't really all that into cooking (sorry mom but fish sticks and kraft macaroni doesn't count). My first real cooking was taught to me by my grandfather(papaw). We stayed with him and my grandmother over the summers and he would let me help make pancakes with blueberries. He showed me how to flip them when the bubbles on top started to break and even when they came out less than perfect (burnt on the outside gooey in the middle) he always ate them and never complained.
My cooking triumphs
I just stared making some pretty good bread. I never realized how many different and unique kinds of bread there are out there. Wheat, egg, French, rye, quick, soon i hope to try my hand at sourdough. I make pizza from scratch every Friday and usually have French bread or rolls with dinner every night.
My cooking tragedies
So far I haven't made anything inedible but thats not saying much because I love to eat just as much as I love to cook. However, the other day I made cookies and right before I took them out of the oven I realized that I didn't have a cooling rack so I grabbed a clean dish towel, laid it out and spatulaed the cookies onto it. They looked beautiful and I thought I got away with making some really nice cookies( a first for me) until I picked one up...and the whole towel came with it. The cookies had somehow fused themselves with the towel. Well long story short my kids didn't mind eating cookies with fuzzy bottoms.