Hello fellow cooks. I'm a major home body and hate eating in restaurants unless their food is better than mine.
My favorite things to cook
One of my favorite things to do is read several recipes for something and then go do my own thing to it. Tonight I made Seafood Alfredo Pizza and it was amazing. I've been watching "You Are What You Eat" on BBCA with Gillian McKeith and as I incorporate more nutrient rich foods in our diet we feel better and I'm having a wonderful time working with ingredients I've never used before. I made an Adzuki bean stew with wild rice and sweet potato and I thought my husband and son would fall to the floor in fits of ecstasy. But that really is the joy of cooking, isn't it?
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family has passed down a recipe for Date Nut Pudding for many generations. It's an old English style pudding which is a very moist cake. We make it every year for Christmas. We have another weird tradition which is Sloppy Joes on Christmas Eve. Not sure where it originated from, but we always have sloppy joes on Christmas Eve. I think it's so they can gently simmer and friends and family can come and go visiting here and there and still have a hot sandwich.
My cooking triumphs
I make a yeast risen corn meal bun that friends and family beg for, but since it's from a recipe book... I can't take the credit. However, I did come up with a Sweet Potato Pecan Date cookie that's to die for and I originated my own Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe that my Mom calls "Better than s3x Chocolate Chips" (but she's old and her memory may have faded...)
My cooking tragedies
Too much salt is a recurring one. The worst though was when I tried to slow cook a ham in coca cola... what a horrible, salty, nasty-tasting brown thing it became. Of course, as a young girl making brownies at my grandmother's house, I mistook the salt for sugar. So I've had a long standing feud with salt!