My cooking career started when I was 15. I made different original varieties of fudge every week and sold them at a farmer's market. You name it, I tried it! Elvis (peanut butter with dried bananas), White Maple Pecan (a favorite flavored with maple and pecans) and Candy Cane (a seasonal favorite, I actually was commissioned at Christmas time to make this one). Since my fudge career was not very profitable, it came to an end. Now I just cook for fun and sustinance. I prefer to cook recipes that will feed a small army. The best recipes are those that are easy to eat and heat up well for leftovers at the office the next day. I like to experiment with recipes too. I have found that it is easier to feed a picky eater new things if I cook the same thing over and over, but just add a little variable each time, such as a new vegetable. If it was good the first time I make it, it will be good the second and third and so on...
My favorite things to cook
Chicken Riggies are my specialty. I like them hot and spicy. When I cook them I invite over a bunch of friends. I make them a bit spicier than most of them are used to, but they keep coming back for more!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love cooking with my family at holiday times. We don't vary much on the meals we have on these special occasions, so it is like a small assembly line in the kitchen. When cooking becomes second nature like that, it is so nice to be in the kitchen with a bunch of people.
My cooking triumphs
I have actually placed in 2 annual cook offs at work. The first I took first place for my pickled deviled eggs. The second I took first place for my linzer tarts. Oh, and I wouldn't want to mess with me in a gingerbread house contest! I have 2 first place wins under my belt for these as well!
My cooking tragedies
Back in my fudge making days, I was always trying something new and experimenting in my labratory of a kitchen. The first time I attempted to incorporate gummy bears into my raspberry fudge, it was a mess. The family dog ended up eating the gooey remains and was sick for days. I'm just glad it wasn't chocolate! I am torn as to my worst tragedy... the other one was from the first time I tried to make fried chicken after moving out on my own. I dropped a piece of chicken into hot oil and it splashed my face and hand. I still have minor scars where I was burned and I had to go to the doctor to get a shot. That was pretty tragic.