I am a wife and mother of 4 wonderful children. I work part-time as a speech and language therapist.
My favorite things to cook
I consider finding new recipes as a hobby. I love to see how diiferent foods can be infused with various flavors or combind together to make a fabulous dish. In addition, I believe the visual effects of "plating" a dish makes a difference in the taster's review. Thank you to everyone for submitting these wonderful and delicious recipes and all of your insightful reviews and techniques!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love to make Challah! I usually make it with a recipe that calls for 5-6 lbs of high gluten flour. I make this amount in order to make a special bracha/blessing when a take a piece of the dough off. (I freeze some of the challah for later shabbatot/sabbathes). My friend Amy gave me a wonderful idea and a huge time saver - I make my dough at night, place it in a garbage bag with a little bit of oil and place that into the refrigerator over night. Overnight, the yeast makes the dough rise. The bag is huge in the morning - and ready to be braided! (This way - I don't have to make the dough in the morning, wait 2 hours for it to rise, and then begin the braiding and rising and baking process). This way - it doesn't take the whole day to make challah! I always save some dough for each of my children to make their own personal challah when they come home from school! They get to shape it or braid it and can decorate it with colored sprinkles or chocolate chips and they feel so proud of wha
My cooking triumphs
I used to be a vegetarian! I stopped eating chicken, turkey and fish when I was in 2nd grade. I did not want to eat anything that had the same name as an animal. When I was in 8th grade I stopped eating meat. My husband knew what he was getting into when he married me - I would make all the side dishes and dairy dishes. If he wanted chicken of meat - he ended up cooking it! When I was 8 months pregnant with my oldest daughter - I finaly gave in! I started to eat chicken. Slowly, I ended up adding urkey and some fish to my diet as well. I defitnitly think I shock my parents everytime I tell them about a fabulous chicken or fish recipe that I have made or show them pictures of it!!!
My cooking tragedies
Because I have not added meat to my diet, I shy away from making it! I know there are many delicious recipes out there, but I do not have the confidence in making it - as I like to taste the finshed product to know exactly what I am serving. Anyways I know I would not be able to compete against my Mother-in-Law's roast beef!