I'm on my second marriage and have 4 kids. My oldest 2 (14 & 12) are from my first marriage, and I now have 2 younger ones. My husband and I both work, so life can be hectic at times! Our lives pretty much revolve around the kids...shipping them between sports and school functions we do our best to manage. Needless to say, I'm always looking for the quick & easy recipes - love the crock pot! - and any time I can find a recipe that everyone likes, it's a miracle! (I'll for sure rate it!). A little more about me, I enjoy reading (when I have time) and bellydancing - still a beginner, but love it! I stay in shape and love yoga and running as well. Have been on allrecipes.com only for a couple of months now and already have 3 or 4 recipes and I have added to our usual lineup, and more in my recipe box that I can't wait to try. Love the shopping list...talk about making a trip to the grocery store easy!!!!
My favorite things to cook
Anything that tastes "restaurant good" but is super easy to prepare!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Southern Fried Chicken with my 90 year old grandmother. My dad is a good cook, and both of us have tried her recipe to the T - even cooking it with her and even using HER iron skillet that's made the same fried chicken for over 50 years...neither of us can make it taste like hers. I swear that saying "there's something in the wrist" must be true...(that, or she's keeping secrets from us!)
My cooking triumphs
I grew up on down home southern cooking. (mostly fried or drenched in butter). I'd say my biggest triumph has been breaking those bad eating habits - with the help of my husband - and cooking healthier for myself and my family.
My cooking tragedies
I once tried beef tips in a pressure cooker...with specific instructions from my father on letting the steam out, etc. I obviously didn't keep adding enough water, and ended up destroying the pressure cooker. Burned the inside to the point of irreperable damage and had to throw away the pressure cooker that had been in our family for over 20 years! (in my defense, I was 21 years old and knew nothing!)