My mother was born and raised in the Rhine River Valley/ Blackforest area of Germany. She is an amazing chef who has been asked many many times if she'll ever open her own restaurant. Because of her, I've learned to enjoy the kitchen and all the wonderful things it holds. I don't know that I will ever be as great a cook and baker as she is, but I'm always searching for great recipes to try!
My favorite things to cook
I start out with easy things like pasta, salads, cookies, etc. I've gradually worked into more "challenging" meals, the fun part is deciding what dishes to prepare together. What tastes good as a side dish with this? I love making foods for groups of people. I wish I had more time to have people over to enjoy meals together!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas Eve, my mom and I would spend the entire day in the kitchen. It would start with her making a huge pot of coffee and from there we'd start baking more cookies and putting dinner in the oven or slow cooker. My Oma always makes me Linzer Torte when I visit her in Germany. I will post her recipe as soon as she gives it to me.
My Gramma in Wisconsin always made amazing cookies, always using real butter of course, since she lived on a dairy farm.
My cooking triumphs
I still have yet to experience my BIG cooking triumph. But when i was 20, I made Thanksgiving dinner almost completely on my own. The turkey was perfect, and if memory serves me correctly, the other dishes were pretty tastey too. :)
My cooking tragedies
One time as a kid I made peanut butter cookies, and put salt in the batter in place of sugar. It was an accident that we didn't realize until we took big bites into cookies.