I have been cooking for over 30 years, and learned most things from my mother, who is an excellent cook. I am looking forward to teaching my young son to cook. As I like to say, "If you eat, you must learn to cook."
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook most things. But my favorite is desserts and pastries. I also like to do gourmet recipes, and find a way to make it without some of their crazy ingredients.
I like old vintage recipes. Ones that can do magic with 10 or less ingredients. I hate some of these new recipes, where they require 36 different ingredients with a pinch of this and one stalk of that. Most of those ingredients seem to be not available, or very expensive, and I would hate to watch an expensive mail-order ingredient get fuzzy in the fridge because I can't use it in anything else. So, I stay away from them and go back to the simpler times. I mean, what's better than snacking on a hot Pennsylvania Dutch funnel cake while you're watching a movie on TV?
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving tomato aspic, stuffed mushrooms, and fresh pies. Chrismas cookies by the basketfull. Snow candy and hot chocolate after a snow storm.
And I personally think Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings is best the next day, for breakfast. Best meal moment of the year.
My cooking triumphs
My most asked for recipe is for my lemon meringue pie. I use one particular recipe, and I add my own twist on it. Nothing subtle about it. I don't know if people invite me to events, or I just tag along with the pie.
My cooking tragedies
Even though I can cook most things, even some of the more difficult gourmet recipes, in 30+ years, after repeated attempts, I cannot make a good omelet or good fudge, like what they sell in the candy stores. But I keep trying......