I'm married with three children. Two are out of the house and on their own, and one is in middle school. Cooking has always been a bonding thing in my family. My mom always had my sister and I in the kitchen (for as long as I can remember)helping her prepare dinner. So for me being in the kitchen is a very natural thing.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook is Italian food. Having grown up in an Italian household, I not only cook traditional Italian food, but things like Escarole & Beans, Pasta Fagioli, etc.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Sundays were always special in our family growing up. My mom would get up early on a Sunday morning (every Sunday morning), and prepare a big pot of gravy (sauce) with meatballs, sausage, brasciole, and neck bones. And of course pasta. This was enough to serve 10-15 people. I still carry on this tradition today.
My cooking triumphs
My best cooking triumph was the first Thanksgiving I cooked at my house. I was fretting for days wondering if the turkey was going to thaw out on time, if it was going to be cooked enough, etc. After days of worrying and preparing, my first turkey came out delicious and moist, and the trimmings were delicious.
My cooking tragedies
Believe me I had plenty. But the one that stands out in my memory is the first time I made lasagna. I was only married a short time, and invited my in-laws and my husbands sister and brother over for a dinner party. I made lasagna with meatballs. It smelled good. But when I cut into the lasagna, the filling was like soup. It was like eating soup with big noodles. And to add insult to injury, my meatballs were like rocks. I just wanted to die; it was just awful. But no one complained, and they ate their dinner. But of course no one asked for seconds either. My in-laws were wonderful people and are no longer with us. But my mother-in-law and I always laughed about my first dinner party.