I am a mother of 4 children ages 21, 13, 4 & 3. I was born and raised in New Orleans, lived 10 years in a Suburb North of Atlanta then returned to New Orleans where I met and married the love of my life (besides my kids and cooking, of course). A little storm named Katrina forced us to move on and eventually we landed in our current home. The kitchen is the busiest part of our home and when our friends need an event catered, we're usually just a phone call away.
It is true that us "Cajuns" don't measure anything when we cook, but for the sake of sharing a recipe or putting it in print, we have to back track and actually go to the store and buy measuring devices. Also, we don't really put wine in everything we cook; Just anything with red meat, anything with tomatoes and of course our seafood. Oh, and sometimes we add wine to chicken, too.
My favorite things to cook
There is no turning back to store bought pasta after making your own home made, hand rolled pasta in different variations. From angel hair to linguine to lasagna and ravioli, the more often you make it the quicker you become at it. And Everyone we cook it for RAVES about it and when we see them again, there asking for it.
Flavorings can be added into the pasta via pureed vegetables in the dough, or stuffings in the ravioli. Sauces vary greatly and are easy to make from left over meats or vegetable side dishes from the night before.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I was able to get my 2 & 3 yr olds to eat ravioli / pasta by letting them "make their own" shapes. While my husband makes a sauce and my older son and I roll out the pasta and hand cut ravioli for stuffing, my little ones use their mini tea set to turn over the cups and twist "tiny" ravioli circles for their portion of the meal.
Their stuffing gets served on the side and they love their custom made ravioli.
My cooking triumphs
Together with my husband, (and sometimes alone) we/I have successfully provided food for many private functions, public gatherings,and parties, including our own wedding.
My cooking tragedies
I've never been good at baking, still trying to make things that taste good look good, too.