I can remember cooking from a very early age... I was always fascinated by recipe books and the mysteries they contained! My mom started working when I was five so it was nothing for me to cook dinner by myself by the time I was 10. I decided one summer when I was about 14 that I would make the onion rings from the Joy of Cooking. I was enthralled because the recipe included beer! I didn't realize it would make a million onion rings!
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook for my extended family-- it is not unusual for me to cook for 6-12 people 3 or 4 nights a week... my husband and I don't have kids yet, but we joke that we have a revolving front door!
I enjoy cooking everything! I am always willing to try a new recipe.
My favorite family cooking traditions
As a child, I have fond memories of my sister and I sitting at the kitchen table, surrounded by bowls of colored icing, sugars and sprinkles as my mom baked tray after tray of sugar cookies for us to decorate. To this day, I don't think anyone realized how often we licked the different colors from our fingers before we went to the next color!
My cooking triumphs
I've had the good fortune to be able to cook for several celebrities while they were guests in my family's home. But my greatest cooking triumphs occur when I am surrounded by my friends and family, we enjoy a good meal accompanied by great beverages, followed by a fantastic dessert and the conversation is magical.
My cooking tragedies
Every cook, good and bad, has mishaps! I think the sign of a good cook is one who can turn a mishap into a happy accident! I once hand carried 6 cake layers on a plane, flew 3000 miles, only to have the cake disintegrate as I tried to assemble it. I managed to pull it off but there were some tense minutes...