I was raised on a cattle ranch and taught to cook delicious country foods by the best country cook in the world (Mom!). We lost her two years ago and I so miss being able to call her when I need advice with a recipe.
My favorite things to cook
I especially love baking breads, cakes, pies, and cookies. I also enjoy casseroles, meats, soups and stews. I specialize in "home style cooking," but enjoy getting "fancy" at times as well. Mainly I am a perfectionist and things must turn out tasty and be aesthetically pleasing in appearance.
My favorite family cooking traditions
From the time we were very young Mom would bake bread and sweet rolls once a week. When the dough was ready to shape and place into pans, she would give us our own portion and let us make any shapes and flavors we wished and bake them in our own pans. She made cooking fun!
My cooking triumphs
Turning out turkey stuffing that is raved about, but never seems to turn out exactly the same each time. I also have attained the reputation for making the "best coleslaw" in the family. (I'm Polish and my husband's family is German, so I take that as a real compliment!)
My cooking tragedies
Too many to mention. Once I started my oven on fire with an apple pie that was very juicy! I had to throw salt all over inside of my oven. There was thick, black smoke all over the house. It was a royal mess.