I'm a stay at home mom and am always looking for great recipes that both my picky hubby and my finicky toddler will eat. I started taking a greater interest in improving my culinary expertise and in finding new and exciting recipes when I got positive responses at a dinner party we threw for 15 plus family members a few years back. I realized that I liked to cook a great meal that all enjoyed.
I dabble a bit here and there and have come up with 2 or 3 great personal recipes. As well, I like to enhance or alter recipes I find to better suit my family's palate. I find All Recipes is a great place to find both solid base recipes that I can tweak, as well as over the top perfect-as-is recipes that need no alterations whatsoever.
My favorite things to cook
I love any kind of pasta and am always looking for great new recipes for pasta sauces. As well, since the birth of my son, I have taken an interest in baking which we love to do together. It is great way to spend some quality time with my number one little man.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Although it does not relate directly to cooking, a tradition that does involve food & beverage is one that I most cherish. Every morning my husband and my son, who is still a toddler, make coffee before I come downstairs. Soon as I get downstairs, my son says "Mommy!! Coffee's ready!!" and runs to grab my coffee thermos (with spill-proof lid of course) and hands it to me with the cutest, proudest smile spread across his face! Ahhhh...what a way to wake up in the mornings!
My cooking triumphs
1/ After a disastrous first attempt at cooking Curry Chicken, I can now proudly say that everyone raves whenever I make it, since along with having mastered the cooking technique, I have come up with my own recipe developed from trying out several different ones and incorporating the best parts of each. 2/ My personal recipes for Butter Garlic Shrimp on Angel Hair, Basil Garlic Tomato Chicken & Spring Vegetables, Grilled Salmon and Baked Pasta w/ Sausage are my triumphs.
My cooking tragedies
My first time trying to cook Curry Chicken was for a potluck at work. It was almost ten years ago and I was truly a novice not having ever had anyone teach me anything about cooking and never having watched anyone cook much less a cooking show. And stupidly, I decided to attempt this on my own WITHOUT a recipe (duh!!) and when it came time to fry up the potatoes, I had the oil on too hot. When I went to add the potatoes (which are by nature slightly moist), to the wok....HOT OIL SPLASHED all over and I burned my arm from the wrist to the middle of the forearm. Needless to say, I was extremely embarrassed to have to show up at work the next day with my pot of Curry Chicken and a big white bandage covering half my forearm!!!