Until my divorce in 2005, I owned my own diner-type restaurant and did all the cooking. I have since found the love of my life (whom I actually met in 8th grade!) We love to travel on our 2006 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Classic, and since our kids are grown, our pets are now our kids. We have a dog, a cat, 2 bearded dragons,2 ball pythons, 3 ratties and a 6 foot iguana!
My favorite things to cook
Soups (clean out the fridge!), Pad Thai, burritos, breakfast anything, I also like French cuisine, my chicken cordon bleu is pretty good (if I do say so myself!). I really like to try anything. I follow the recipe the first time and then "doctor it up" for the next time. I also like to make things my fiancee swears he doesn't like and laugh when he LOVES it!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Grandma's Costa Rica soup is the bomb, She even won a contest with it. My Mom didn't really cook too much, so most of my interest and traditions come from my Grandma. She was born in Czechoslovakia and I have many original old country recipes. Isn't that cool? One thing my Mom did start, is Christmas morning quiche with bloody mary's. That's a tradition worth keeping! The bloody mary's are key. Make and serve those first. That way, if you mess up breakfast, no one notices and if they do, they don't care!
My cooking triumphs
It was really a triumph, but my downfall as well. I made Chicken Cordon Bleu for my ex, which became his favorite. My kids decided it was their favorite as well, later on. On Birthdays when I gave them the choice of anything for their B-day dinner, they always chose Chicken Cordon Bleu, which takes HOURS!! I also did Individual Beef Wellingtons once! YUM but again, HOURS!
My cooking tragedies
When I first started baking, I made some roll out sugar cookies. They were the most beautiful cookies you ever saw, just like a bakery. Unfortunately, I had run out of flour while rolling them out. I decided to use baking soda since they were both white. My beautiful cookies tasted like Alka Seltzer! Also My first Turkey roasted at 180, we didn't eat 'til midnight!