I am a happily married mother of 2 grown children and grandmother to 2 beautiful girls aged 15 and 8. My daughter and son-in-law just moved from Irving, TX, to "uptown" Dallas in a really great area within walking distance of many great places to eat. I am semi-retired from a very high stress job, and I now work 3 days a week in a used book store. I love reading, so this is a great job for me and stress-free! Since I have much more time (thanks to my wonderful husband!), I am really enjoying my kitchen and learning new dishes.
My favorite things to cook
Dinners that are really delicious but also healthy, low-fat, and nutritious for myself and my husband. I want to keep him healthy and happy because he is such a wonderful husband, father, and all around great guy. And I've had 26 1/2 years of marriage to him to learn to appreciate him.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Our family used to get together for a meal for all of the important holidays, and my sister and I still do this. Since I came to enjoy cooking only in the past few years, she is the one who learned to make our mother's chicken and dressing, chicken and dumplings, lemon ice box pie, biscuits, etc. while Mama was still with us. I don't try to compete with that, but am developing my own traditions.
My cooking triumphs
My husband thinks everything I make is great and both of my children have their favorites. My current favorite is a modification of the California Style Israeli Salad from this site since fresh tomatoes are great now and a slaw recipe that I modified from a South Beach Diet recipe.
My cooking tragedies
Since I cook more by smell than tasting, I really blew a recipe for gazpacho for a group dinner when I had a cold. It just didn't smell right and I kept adding things to "fix" it. When it was finally done and chilled, it didn't taste good at all! Too much of several things. Don't tamper with the recipe when you've got a cold. :) Thankfully, my contribution was to be soup or salad, and I knew that some people wouldn't care for gazpacho, so I also had a salad prepared.