My life as a busy wife and mother keeps me rockin! I enjoy summertime and family vacations. I like finding recipes and making them my own by experimenting. When I serve a new recipe, I can count on my family to give me their honest opinions! They are usually willing to try just about anything I put on the table. I absolutely love fresh vegetables. We always plant a pretty big garden, so there is usually enough to share with family and friends.
My favorite things to cook
One of my favorite things to cook is hot sauce using my homegrown tomatoes. I usually put up 24-36 pints every summer and have been perfecting this recipe for twelve years. We always run out of it before the next growing season, so I guess it is a hit! I also like to cook southern comfort food. There is nothing quite like a big pot of purple hull peas and a pan of cornbread!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My fondest memories are of my granny and mom teaching me how to cook. They both could turn an ordinary meal into a Thanksgiving feast without blinking an eye!! I used to watch as my granny would slice up a couple of bushels of juicy Ruston peaches, lay them out on tin sheets covered in cheesecloth and let them dry in the sun all day long. She made the absolute best fried peach pies out of the summer bounty!! My mom and I now like to exchange new recipes and we're always looking for healthy alternatives to "sinful" desserts. My children love visiting grandma and papaw's house and watching papaw fry up a huge batch of Opelousas catfish fillets along with all the trimmings. We eat them like there is no tomorrow!
My cooking triumphs
I don't know whether I'd call them triumphs, but a big hit with the family is my chicken and sausage gumbo. Thanks to my sweet mother-in-law, I have taken her recipe and made it my own. She passed away four years ago, but I was fortunate enough to learn a lot from her in the 14 years I new her.
I also enjoy baking and decorating birthday cakes. When my children were younger, my husband and I would create theme cakes for them. They were always a big hit!
My cooking tragedies
I remember the first cake I made by myself. It was a Duncan Hines orange cake. I was so proud of it and served a great big piece to my dad for dessert. I watched as he ate it with a big smile on his face. I also watched as he very politely put his napkin to his mouth and discarded the egg shells that had made it into the batter. He told me it was the best cake he had ever eaten.