I grew up in my mother's kitchen, and was making family meals by the time I was 12. I had two Mennonite grandmothers who were the queens of pie and bread; unfortunately, my mom never liked dough, so my fascination with it couldn't be indulged until I was on my own. It took many years of trial and error and reading to figure out pastry(and some days I still can't "get" it), and now my current obsession is breads. In the last 8 years I have turned cooking from a daily necessity to an almost daily obsession. I still have to necessarily make dinner every day, but I try to make every day an adventure, a chance to try something new or a chance to find something to love. I love to read cookbooks and watch cooking shows, and have finally begun to appreciate and master the nuances of the cuisines of Italy, Mexico, Germany, and many other places. The conquering of the basics has been a journey, and I can't wait to pass on what I've learned to my daughters!
I have been married since 2000, and ha
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook anything that is a challenge. Generally, if it says it's easy, I look for something else to cook! Maybe I'm just a sucker for punishment, but it has certainly yielded great rewards.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Having a Mennonite background, roll kuchen and watermelon in the summer, lots of pie making at Grandma's house, canning, soups, popcorn balls at Christmas.