I started cooking at 8 or 9 years old. Trying new recipes. Keeping meal interesting by having a wide variety of dishes. One child won't eat most meats except chicken the other mostly beef. Keeping them both happy can be a chore. When I make a meal I like to be able to use any leftovers for another dish. I enjoy most types of food from most countries. I'm of German, Irish, French and Native American descent. So food from those cultures are family favorites. My daughters are also of Swiss and English descent so foods from those countries are also included in meals and desserts.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake and to experiment with recipes. Holidays mean time divided between crafting and cooking.Cookies abound as do pies. Fondue and turkey vie for spots on the table with African and Greek dishes in addition to those listed above.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I still use my mother's sausage stuffing for Turkeys. I use my mother in laws orange sweet potatoes and my own homemade cranberry orange sauce. Almond cinnamon stars with no flour are a must during the winter holidays. as are German Spritz cookies in lots of shapes, colors and flavors.
My cooking triumphs
My biggest triumph was making my first pie. I visited my parents and copied my mother's pie crust recipe. She told me pies were to hard to make for her to teach me. That's the best way to get me to do something. Tell me I can't. I went home and made pumpkin and apple pies. My mother raved over the crust. I didn't know what I could do wrong so I didn't worry it like my mother. She was amazed. She never worried over hers again, and they always turned out great.
My cooking tragedies
Not getting the turkey cooked all the way through the first Thanksgiving I had to make dinner after my mother died.