Married with grown children. I'm lucky enough to be able to work part time, allowing me many happy hours in the kitchen.
My favorite things to cook
I recently got on a yeast kick and have been making quite a few cinnamon rolls and home-made pizza crusts. I will never pay $30 for a pizza again--too easy to make my own! I love to bake, especially pies--any kind (but apple is my favorite).
My favorite family cooking traditions
I do the full on traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. (My daughter goes crazy unless I make my seasoned dressing with chestnuts). This is the 2nd year I brined a fresh turkey--no need to baste it, well worth the effort. Christmas is Prime rib from the Foolproof Rib-Roast recipe on this site with sauteed mushrooms and garlic mashed potatoes.
My cooking triumphs
The Foolproof Rib Roast recipe from this site, using a 3 bone rib roast...out of this world yummy! Making Pesto from a "bouquet" of fresh Basil a friend gave me. Winning multiple trophies and ribbons at the Fair for my pies. Developing a recipe for a perfect (I think) pie crust.
My cooking tragedies
Long ago, I attempted to make an oxtail stew from expensive beef short-ribs, and the recipe called for a small amount of orange juice--which I didn't have. But I DID have Sunny Delight on hand and used that instead. Had to throw out the whole thing--it tasted soooo bad!