Good home cooking is a family tradition. Some of our recipes go back at least four generations to my Irish great-grandmother, like Buttermilk Pound Cake.
Learning the art of baking from my mother and grandmother brings back some of my best childhood memories. When I was very young I tried to bake something for breakfast as a surprise. I didn't know the difference between baking soda and baking powder, so I chose the soda. I didn't know about standard measurements, so I chose a coffee cup from the shelf. Needless to say, the result went down the drain, and that's when Mom started teaching me to bake.
I love that the time I spent baking something rewards us for days and always brings a smile!
Interestingly, all three of my brothers are also accomplished cooks. But my father can only make coffee!
My favorite things to cook
Desserts (cheesecakes, pies, cookies) and other baked goods, esp. muffins
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom's cooking heritage is Deep South/Tex/Mex so I grew up with perfectly fried chicken, hot chili, and flaky biscuits from scratch.
My cooking triumphs
Learning to make angelfood cake from scratch with my grandmother at age sixteen.
My cooking tragedies
My husband-to-be crowed about my pie-making abilities to my future in-laws. But when I made them a cherry pie, the crust was horribly soggy(due to high humidity). They loved me anyway and we've been married for 26 years!