I'm a stay at home wife and mother with three children. I take care of my kids all day and squeeze in what else I can :-) I do some graphic design work for my church and right now my husband and I are assisting a young church in whatever ways we can, for me that means playing piano and helping out in Sunday School.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake. It's my therapy and stress relief. Anything from homemade bread to the gooiest chocoholic dessert you can dream up. I also love to make ethnic foods and have enjoyed learning the southern style of cooking to accomodate my husband (even though my arteries hate me for it).
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother came from a Syrian background and my father was born and raised in Greece. So I grew up on authentic MIddle Eastern and Mediterranean foods. I try to incorporate those into my own family meals. We always did so much baking at Christmas we had to freeze cookies and goodies and ate them until June!
My cooking triumphs
Everybody likes to eat at my house. My single friends call to see what's for dinner. My married friends call me for recipes. The only award I ever won was a Valentine bake-off at a ladies' banquet, but that's ok because I just like to feed people.
My cooking tragedies
I made bread pudding about a month after I first married and it turned out like bread soup. I blamed the recipe. My vegetarian bean burgers went straight in the trash. Again, it was the recipe :-) I forgot a few ingredients at the store just last month and tried to wing it making my spicy lentil soup and ended up sending my husband for chicken and jojos.
I'm an "anything goes" cook - anything that sounds good goes in the recipe. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Tomorrow is another day.