I'm a full-time working mom (by full-time, I'm an attorney, so I mean anywhere from 20 to 60 hours a week depending on my case load at the time). I've got a 3 year old little boy (born in September, 2008) and a great husband who is a builder. We are an extremely busy family and only have a couple of hours each week night together, which always seems to be spent cooking dinner and enjoying our creations at the dinner table before a quick bath and bedtime routine for our little guy! I also looooove spending the weekends baking and making more elaborate and time-consuming meals. I'm definitely an allrecipes.com addict!
My favorite things to cook
I grew up learning to cook and bake from my grandma and both parents, so I'm a "from scratch" kind of girl. I love to make the traditional "southern" foods, very meat and potatoes kinds of things for my family, but I also put myself through college working at a fancy high-end italian restaurant, so I've learned a lot about gourmet foods and love to do that stuff, too! I also love baking...cookies, cheesecakes, whatever, just love to make sweets for everyone!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom and I love making all the pies and cookies for the holidays. I always do little cookie tins for everyone at my office and my hubby's, and they're always a huge hit! Mom and I also love to try new cheesecakes and pies around the holidays, as well as different bars and breads. It's just so fun to see everyone go back for seconds and thirds on things we baked from scratch!
My cooking triumphs
I make THE best pumpkin cheesecake and THE best chocolate chip cheesecake ever, as well as a flourless chocolate cake/brownie that is crunchy on the outside and, when you dip into it, the center comes oozing out...I call it Fondente and it is DELICIOUS! Got that recipe from the italian restaurant I worked at and put my own spin on it and I always have people begging for the recipe. It's soooo much better than any other flourless chocolate cake recipe you can find because it's not "cake-y" at all....more like a brownie I'd say.
My cooking tragedies
Toffee bars (those toffee saltine crackers or whatever they are called). I cannot seem to get them right when I make them! Would love to figure out how to make them correctly because they are delicious!