I've been cooking since I was "knee-high to a duck" (as they say around here); one of my first memories is helping my dad stir buckwheat pancake batter at the kitchen counter while standing on a wooden crate, since I wasn't tall enough to reach the counter on my own. Now I enjoy trying new recipes for my coworkers, family, and friends. I also co-lead a small group Bible study for my church, and a great pleasure is to supplement spiritual food with physical goodies!
My favorite things to cook
Desserts! Cakes and cookies especially, but I'm always tempted by a good pie recipe too. International cuisine, especially Italian and Indian foods are also favorites, as are good old-fashioned southern dishes, and my slow cooker is one of my best friends.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving and Christmas, baking holiday-themed treats.
My cooking triumphs
Developing my own banana bread recipe
My cooking tragedies
Using pre-made pie crusts and forgetting to take the paper liner out before pouring in the filling; cooking basmati rice in the microwave.