I am married with two kids. I grew up as an only child with a single mother---one who cooked maybe once or twice a year. I ate fast food, frozen dinners, and anything out of a can. I vowed that I would learn to cook. My favorite thing is to cook for my family and for company. Seeing people enjoy the food I made makes me happy.
I still have a lot to learn about cooking. Now, though, the kitchen no longer terrifies me. I get lost in chopping, simmering, and smelling all the great foods that combine to make the house smell good. There is nothing home-ier to me than this.
My favorite things to cook
The slow cooker is my best friend no matter what the season.
My cooking triumphs
Homemade soup (who knew how much better it is than canned?)
Meatloaf that my kids actually ask for
Learning to use a wide variety of seasonings
My cooking tragedies
Painstakingly chopping vegetables and meat for my first crock pot stew and forgetting to plug it in before leaving in the morning.
First time using garlic and I thought one clove was a whole head---the lasagna was inedible and my apartment stunk like garlic for a week.