I'm a wife and mother of two beautiful little ones (girl, 4yo and boy, 2yo). Since having my first, I just discovered cooking as something I really enjoy. I did it out of necessity before, and without much fanfare, but after the birth of my daughter I've come to really enjoy it. I LOVE it when I make something my picky kids will eat. When the grin and say "Ummmmm good!" it's the best natural high. Or even better, when they practically inhale it down without words, I REALLY know I've hit the jackpot. I love to try to come up with easy, but family friendly and relatively healthy meals. I work outside the home, so my goal in my culinary life is to build a menu that includes easy to prepare, relatively healthy food that my entire family will enjoy. Easier said than done!
My favorite things to cook
I've come up with really good and easy beef and chicken stews, Finley Biscuit balls and Finley Taco Biscuits (recipes coming soon!). I LOVE to make desserts--cookies, brownies, rice krispy treats, etc. I used to have a SERIOUS sweet tooth. I also like roasting chickens--there's so much you can do with that, it's fun for me to find more/different seasoning, flavoring, etc.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom is from Louisiana, so she is all about crabs, crawfish, and gumbo. I sincerely regret not wanting to learn how to cook the above growing up. I plan to beg her to show me when she comes to visit in a few months! We are Southerners at heart, so my mom could make all the requisite Southern dishes: Collard, mustard, and spinach greens; pecan pie; chit'lins; homemade stuffing, fried chicken (which I STILL have trouble with!), baked ham, etc. My mom could (still can) throw down in the kitchen! And of course, I can make none of the above. We have a "Nouveau Southern" thing going in my house. "Tastes homemade with half the time!" That's our motto.
My cooking triumphs
Coming up with simple, easy kid-pleasers (the above referenced stews and biscuit dishes). That's the only thing I can claim for myself. Now, I've made tons of stuff from recipes that came out great (adding a little here and there), but I don't think of following someone else's recipe as a personal triumph.
My cooking tragedies
We had a little roasted chicken disaster that we don't speak of. :)