I'm a single mom who have loved baking since I was 12 years old. I learned a lot from my mother, and since she died in 2005, baking becomes a magical experience that lets me feel her presense.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake many different things: cakes, pies,cookies, breads, pastries. I love baking at Christmas time. I was introduced to her Italian cookie recipes and now Christmas is not the same without them. Even though I am divorced, I still get along with my ex, and I make sure he gets his favorites at Christmas.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I remember my mother and father making raviolies, and every once in a while they would make doughnuts-the kind with yeast, and they were so good! When I was married, I continues the ravioli making tradition, usually for Christmas, and everyone had a role. Those are wonderful memories.
My cooking triumphs
Making Danish pastries. I was in my teens, and I found a recipe for them in an ad from Kraft. I still have that magazine page, although it is very fragile. The best part was when my friend's mother refused to believe that I had made them!
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few, but the most memorable is the time I made pumpkin pies for thanksgiving. They looked good enough for a magazine-until we took a bite and realized I had forgotten to put the sugar in!