I've always loved to cook and have collected more than 100 cookbooks since I was a child. I rarely make recipes as they are written--I look in the cupboard and go from there.
My favorite things to cook
I've always loved French and Louisiana cooking, and have always enjoyed making desserts. These days I'm cooking healthy and easy family dishes, or things to carry to potlucks.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making southern foods without all the sugar (corn bread, stewed tomatoes, etc.) and trying a variety of international foods.
My cooking triumphs
I made Julia Childs' coq au vin for my first dinner party as a teen, and it turned out so fabulous that everyone was blown away! I also made eggplant parmesan that was so tasty that 40 years later my relatives still use my recipe!
My cooking tragedies
I was making homemade sour cream sugar cookies I'd made many times before and accidentally grabbed horse liniment that was right next to the vanilla and didn't realize it until I smelled menthol coming out of the oven!