40-something with children ranging in age from 3 to 19. Have worked mostly in the water industry, but currently am enjoying being a stay-at-home mom and trying my hand at home improvement projects.
My favorite things to cook
I love making homemade breads, soups and pasta. Mediterranean dishes using fresh ingredients. I love using herbs and lots of spices.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Since our family is a "mine,yours,ours" family, most holidays everyone is always coming or going, so I find that we have fun food activities that do not revolve around the major holidays, but around the seasons. In spring we love coloring eggs wrapped in onion skins - so pretty. Early summer we make fresh blueberry pancakes with a fireworks display of food coloring. The kids call them tie-dye pancakes. No winter would be complete without stone soup and real snow cones.
My cooking triumphs
About 20 years ago I got interested in making preserves and herbed vinegars and oils. People still ask about my red-pepper relish, jalepeno jelly and basil oil.
My cooking tragedies
Burgers-in-a-blanket - by far. Can't remember what major cookbook this recipe came from, but even starving strays would not eat this.