My favorite things to cook
Mushrooms! I LOVE steak... and I like to grill, but I don't have the opportunity very often.
Love baking... because it's usually quick and the results are SO SWEET!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Cookie Baking - Every year, a week or two before Christmas, all of my cousins from out of town and I get together and bake cookies. Afterward, we pile up in cars and race into town, go caroling at friends' homes, then to the zoo to enjoy the lights. Afterward, we make a run to our favorite pizza place and then back home to open a few gifts and sip margaritas!
Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are also a VERY big thing for my family... and I have a BIG FAMILY, both maternally and paternally. Always a little scary, always a lot of fun!
My cooking triumphs
Mmm...my completely homemade apple pie. I started with a basic recipe and changed it til it looks nothing like the original... except for the apple/sugar/cinnamon ingredients. It makes the whole house smell great and I usually have to bake two or three when eating with family!
My cooking tragedies
Setting the kitchen on fire - I learned this little stunt from my dad...who has set SOMETHING in the kitchen on fire at least once a year since I was eight. I still haven't had as many "accidents" as he has - and despite the fires, he's a great cook. Somehow, we've managed to keep the house standing and the fires have always been small enough to put out within minutes. Thankfully!