I love to cook, but have little patience for complicated recipes. My son has a nut allergy so I must improve my skills so he can eat all the foods that may not be safe to eat from a bakery, restaurant, etc. It can be a challenge for folks with food allergies, and someday I would love to open a dedicated nut free cafe.
My favorite things to cook
I only use all natural ingredients, and I love the idea of taking comfort foods you already love and making them healthier. I only use whole wheat pastry flour in my baking, and try to add healthy ingredients like vegetable purees, flax, beans, etc. I enjoy "kid" foods just as much as any kid does. Mac n' cheese, chicken nuggets, all that stuff. I just use whole wheat noodles and reduced fat cheese, and bake the nuggets.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I don't think we have too many traditions just yet. But I am starting this holiday season. I'll make all the yummy treats my son can't have since we learned of his allergy. Halloween, thanksgiving, xmas, easter themed goodies. I hope this will become one of his favorite traditions as well.
My cooking triumphs
I have become more proficient at utilizing things I have on hand. I hate to waste food and will search for recipes that use what I need to before it goes bad. I will alter the recipe a bit if I think it will work. Sometimes it turns out great. I recently made an amazing apple breakfast cake that was so moist and delicious, I can't believe it was healthy.
My cooking tragedies
Don't try to make popcorn with olive oil!!! I had to take my son and leave the house with all the windows open for an hour just to air it out! Not a single kernel popped, but the pot was scorched!!