As a former teacher and current telecommunicator, I've been fortunate enough to be surround by people who love to eat and who aren't picky. Be it dinner for my 3rd shift crew, or treats for a work party, I love feeding people and getting feedback. Cooking and experimenting with recipes has encouraged me to try, and discover that I like a variety of different foods that I didn't think I liked before. As I grow older, I'm more and more confident in my cooking ability and more willing to try new and challenging recipes. I tend to cater to my husband's tastes when cooking. My favorite spices are cumin, nutmeg, and sage. My least favorites are cilantro and cloves.
My favorite things to cook
I learned to bake before anything else, but since college, I've loved learning to cook, I enjoy trying to cook foods from other US regions and from different countries. I love a good challenge and love experimenting with recipes once I've grown familiar with them.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandma, mom, sisters, and I would get together a couple weekends before Christmas and make batches and batches of homemade cookies with my grandma preparing pounds of delicious homemade fudge. Over the years we've amassed large Tupperware containers to store all the varieties of cookies in. With our stash of gift boxes and tins, we can whip up a tasty take home treat or a quick "thank you and Merry Christmas" gift for our mail carrier. We lost our grandma several years ago, but we still get together and carry on our holiday tradition. My mom lacks the knack for making fudge, but fortunately, I'm able to carry on the tradition, preparing nearly 100 pounds of fudge during the 2009 holiday season.
My cooking triumphs
Homemade Mango Cheesecake in a Springform pan when I was 16 years old.
A 20 pound Thanksgiving turkey for my college friends Thanksgiving celebration when I was 20 years old.
My cooking tragedies
Mistaking seasoning salt for seasoned breading and preparing breakfast potatoes for my (then)fiance. He forced the extremely salty potatoes down and saved me from heartbreak.