I love cooking for different people, including my husband who likes everything, my 9-month-old daughter who is just beginning to experiment with finger food, my mom who is gluten-free, and my labrador, Jessie.
My favorite things to cook
homemade granola, all types of chili (crockpot vegetarian, beef, and white chicken chili), rustic apple tart, pizza and calzones with homemade dough, runzas, and anything with chocolate in it (truffles, cookies, brownies)
My favorite family cooking traditions
oyster stuffing on Thanksgiving, "Chappell Family Snack Night" with popcorn and pop, blueberry muffins before Sunday church, fabulous birthday cakes of all types and shapes
My cooking triumphs
Cooking my first Christmas dinner - a huge turkey and stuffing - for Christmas 2007, all while keeping my baby entertained!
My cooking tragedies
A blackened, burned, bad-tasting concoction that I made in the crockpot while we were at work! I thought it was awful but my husband said, "I actually LIKE the burnt taste!" I think he was just being nice.