Mother of 6, grandmother of 12 - recently moved to England
My favorite things to cook
Love meat dishes and baking of all kinds
My favorite family cooking traditions
Meatloaf and potato casserole; Burgers and hot dogs, potato salad, fruit salad, baked beans, veg with ranch dressing for our 4th of July get-togethers to watch the fireworks; Mother's Day dinners with Mexican theme or Soup in bread bowls, or baked potato bar; also love massive salads with loads of bits in them
My cooking triumphs
Worked for awhile at wedding decorating and catering; made many wedding cakes, but the carrot cake is one of my favorites, as well as an Italian cream cake recipe, a Maraschino cherry cake recipe, and a lemon drizzle cake recipe
My cooking tragedies
Have had a few dishes that didn't turn out well, but not that I would call "tragedies" in recent history. One many years ago though - my very first wedding cake.
A friend and I were making the wedding cake for our 9th-grade English teacher who was getting married for the first time at the age of 72. We offered to make the cake as our gift. (15 years old) The cake was a traditional 3-tiered white cake with red roses and green vines twisting all over it. We had the cake nearly done and ready to deliver - 2 hours before time - and the red and green icing began turning WHITE! The colors were bleaching out because of the cheap shortening we had used. So, we quick mixed up another batch using Crisco - ALWAYS FAITHFUL brand - and pulled off the faded ones with toothpicks and redid the flowers and vines.
We were able to attend the wedding and deliver the cake on time. Sadly, the marriage didn't last long, but the cake was remembered for years to come, by us and the bride. She loved it!!