I'm a California native who loves to watch people lick their fingers and their plate! My husband thinks I'm a pretty good cook. He grew up with home-cooked meals every day, made by his sisters, mother, or his granny. No pressure or anything. There's nothin' like competing with the in-laws.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make food that wows people. Meals that people don't already have their own version of & they've never had before. Food that merits asking for the recipe! That's when you know it's good.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The first time I make a new dish, everyone at the table, even guests, are EXPECTED and allowed to say anything they want about it with no reservations. "It needs more meat, less salt, try regular chicken instead of blackened chicken." "It might be better if it had ..." You get the picture, right? This way the next time I make it, (if in case it wasn't perfect the first time) it's an instant family favorite. It's our family's rule of "speak now, or forever hold your peace".
My cooking triumphs
I love my inventions. I like it when I search my cupboard, pantry & fridge and just create something new.
My cooking tragedies