I am single with no kids, but I love to cook for family and friends. My nephew is 16 already, so he doesn't like to hang out with Auntie too much anymore, but when he was little, he used to love to help me bake. Cupcakes were a favorite! Though he always seemed to eat more of the frosting than what ever ended up on the cupcake. :) Now that he is older...and LOVES to cook, btw...I always smile when he brings over cupcakes he baked himself. I always like to think I had a little hand in teaching him a thing or two in the kitchen!!
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook all kinds of things. Depends on the event and my mood. I also like to bake. Once a year I do the whole X-mas Cookie thing...though over the past year, I have been baking cookies once a week to send to my friend in Iraq. He and his troops love them! And it's nice to have someone who appreciates my baking skills. :) FYI - I make GREAT Cheesecake! Too bad I can't ship them to Iraq!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Not sure that we really have any cooking traditions...though we do have a few recipes we have always made...passed down from Grandma and Mom, of course. Swiss Steak, Chicken with Apple Stuffing, BBQ Oven Pork Ribs, Sour Cream Pancakes, Homemade Donuts, Overnight Cookies, and Homemade Shortcake are a few of my favorites.
My cooking triumphs
I made my best friends wedding cake...yeah, I know. What was I thinking? She had found the recipe in her grandmother's files. It was a family recipe that had been passed down through the years. Though I suspect her grandmother's wedding was the last time anyone ever made it...as the recipe was handwritten and very faded, on a tiny piece of paper...IN GERMAN!! Since her grandma was not around anymore, and no one in her family spoke or read German, I took it upon myself to decipher the recipe and bake it! Unlike todays wedding cakes, this was more of a spice cake with dried fruits, raisins, nuts. I did a test run beforehand to make sure I had it translated right and it would turn out to be something other than a big pile of mush! It did, it turned out great, and my friend had the actual recipe framed, along with a write-up of it's history which was displayed next to the cake. It was truly beautiful, everyone loved it, and she ended up passing it along to others.
My cooking tragedies
The first one occured when I was 5...I wanted to make hot chocolate, and my Mom was taking a bath. So I took it upon myself to fill up the tea kettle with milk and turn it on high! Needless to say, the whistle never blew. My Mom came out of her bath and the milk had cooked out onto the stove, the floor, the countertop...it was everywhere! We ended up throwing the tea kettle away. What can I say? Even back then I was looking for quick and easy methods to cut the cooking time in half. Ha.