I started cooking when I got married in 1969. All I had to go by was whatever I remembered seeing and tasting as a kid growing up. Both my Mom & Dad were good cooks. My Mom was German and my Dad was Czech. When I was a kid, we lived next door to my Grandma, the Czech one. So I grew up eating kolaches, fresh baked bread, homemade sauerkraut, homemade egg noodles and chicken soup, Czech smoked sausage and lots of great canned vegetables and fruits. I loved it when my family had get togethers because their was always great tasting food. I wished I could've been around my Grandma longer so I could've learned how to cook more of the Czech dishes she made. My Dad was a natural at BBQing. He has a recipe that he said was a "family secret" for BBQ seasoning. And all I know is that wenever we make it and give it out at Christmas for gifts, we always get requests for more. He taught me how to make it and a sop recipe for the meats when grilling to keep them moist. I really miss my Dad.
My favorite things to cook
I love stir frys because they are pretty easy and the cooking is quick. What takes the longest is the prep. I LOVE soups. Give me a good and hearty soup recipe any day, please. I think I'm now known as the "Gravy Queen". I have it down to an art now. My husband likes to tease me and remind me of the first gravy I tried to make. It stopped up the sink! I love shrimp too. So I love to prepare shrimp any kind of way. One of my favorite "quick" ways is with butter and garlic salt. I am a fan of butter. No margarine for me, thank you very much!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Thanksgiving we have my famous Giblet Dressing and Giblet gravy, Roast Turkey, Candied Sweets, Green Bean Casserole, Corn Casserole, Cranberry Pecan Salad, Jellied cranberry Sauce, Hot rolls, Pecan Pie and Pumpkin Pie.
Whenever we have a BBQ, I must make my potato Salad.
My cooking triumphs
I guess since I've been cooking for over 35 years, I've got several. Too many to name.
My cooking tragedies
Well, let's start off with that pasty gravy I made when I was just a bride! And who hasn't roasted the turkey with the giblet sack still in it? Well, I've learned a lot since then.