I was born and raised in NW Illinois and began watching and cooking with my mother and grandmothers at a young age. I worked in the resturant business for 6 years before going to school and becoming a nurse. I am currently a charge nurse at a long term care facility. I'm also a newlywed (6/5/2010) to a wonderful man who has 3 kids and I enjoy teaching them to cook and most of the time appreciate the extra set of hands in the kitchen!
My favorite things to cook
I love baking desserts and pies. The summer you will find me using my grill alot! I love cooking also for crowds and gatherings.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up I loved watching my mother and grandmother cook. Holidays are always special as everything is made from scratch!
My cooking triumphs
When I was in my early teens, I entered pie baking contests for my hometowns Winterfest. I won first and second several years for my homemeade black raspberry pies!
My cooking tragedies
I was dating a guy that never had a girlfriend that was able to cook before. I usually would say that my specialty would be desserts, but I could NEVER could get any of them to turn out when I made dinner for him or his family, except my German Chocolate cake (although I could not get it to rise as much as grandmas!). I made chocolate, peanut butter, coconut and butterscotch cream pies and they would never set up. I always felt like I was serving slop, but they insisted, despite the looks they were the best pies they had ever had!
I also love chocolate zuchinni cake that my mom makes and friendship bread...it would never set up or it would burn. Living in an apartment, you never know what to expect. Come to find out a month after moving in, and having nothing seem to turn out, I bought and oven thermometer. My oven thermostat was not working and at times my oven set at 350 would actually be aruond 600 degrees! No wonder nothing turned out!