I have 40 years of baking and cooking experience; which I have to give my Grandma Cassellman credit for.
I prefer to bake rather then cook. I challenge myself all the time, that way meals don't become boring. I have even cooked vension for the first time and it turn out really good. I wasn't too sure about cooking wild meat but just have to remember, marinate it well, it takes away that wild taste.
I also like canning just about anything.
I collect old cookbooks, family recipes etc.
Also love to make children's treats: Frosted Lollipop Cookies and Fruited Bowl Cookies made with jell-o just to name a couple.
My favorite things to cook
A friend of mine gave me a fantastic recipe: Hummingbird cake with cream cheese frosting. Now I make it as often as I can.
I like making big meals, be it a roast, a ham or a turkey with all the trimmings.
But my favorite thing I love the most is making tiramisu, cakes and pies of all kinds, cookies and desserts from around the world.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family's traditions are chocolate and more chocolate for Christmas, Easter, picnics etc.
I make homemade breads of all kinds and Cinnamon Sticky Buns. For Christmas breakfast I have cranberry or blueberry muffins in case no one wants the buns. Then I make pancakes served with real maple syrup, bacon or sausage along with toast, English muffins or bagels.
For Christmas dinner we have turkey with ( my great grandmother's recipe ) stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, corn, some other root vegetable, bread or sweet cream rolls and butter, olives, pickles and cheese.
Dessert is the best part, chocolate mayonnaise cake, pecan pumpkin pie with whipped cream, skor bars or Christmas cookies.
My cooking triumphs
My first pie crusts were terrible, hard as a rock. Then I changed to tenderflake lard and I haven't had a problem since.