My favorite things to cook
Anything involving lots of veggies. I like to try new recipes and find ways to make old favorites healthier without sacrificing the taste.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Breakfast on Christmas Day is a long-standing tradition in my family. Homemade virgin pina coladas, orange rolls with cream cheese frosting & slivered almonds, pancakes with berries and whipped cream, thick French toast sprinkled with powdered sugar, sliced oranges topped with flaked coconut, strata, bacon, sausage, and gourmet cocoa are all staples.
My cooking triumphs
I've almost mastered my grandmother's pie crust recipe. She made the best pie ever. I took some pies to a neighbor and she told me her husband said, "Wow, that is what pie crust is supposed to taste like!" My kids think my chicken enchiladas are better than any restaurant.
My cooking tragedies
My biggest cooking tragedy was the Thanksgiving I made pumpkin pie for the first time. I thought the Libby's pumpkin was like any other canned pie filling so I just dumped it in the pie shell and baked. My husband was incredibly disappointed to discover I had made squash in a pie shell instead of pumpkin pie.