I'm a mother of 2 boys and aspiring to be vegetarian. I try to make everything whole grain and nutrient dense. I'm a veterinarian and occasionally make healthy dog treats for my patients. Love to cook and eat!
My favorite things to cook
My favorite items to cook are the ones that make my friends and family rave. Usually they are healthier than the standard fare and surprise folks. I love my Southwest Quinoa casserole, Whole Grain Waffles from this site, Butternut squash ravioli/spinach salad with goat cheese, Sourdough stuffing from Sunset Magazine, pizza with whole wheat dough, lasagne, Meusli bars from Mayo Clinic cookbook, Indian chicken with cous cous (lately minus the chicken). I love food!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Really my family's cooking traditions are minimal. I loved my mother's Cran-apple Crunch casserole which now I consider too sweet. My mother made a wonderful quiche that is simple and a Chicken pot pie using canned soup, broth, veggies and Jiffy Mix topping. Very simple but not so healthy. I try to improve the nutrition of my faves. For instance, instead of the cran-apple crunch, I now make a cranberry relish with cranberries, apples, raisins, spices and sweetened/cooked in juice. My kids love it!
My cooking triumphs
Southwestern Quinoa Casserole
Peanut Butter Cheesecake (mickey's favorite from this site)
My cooking tragedies
Can't recall any tragedies. I bet if I asked my husband, he'd remember something tragic from my kitchen! :)
Actually I thought of one my husband might call a tragedy--Just this week, I made a farro-wild mushroom dish that he said smelled like feet. When he walked in the door from work, the smell truly offended him! I made everyone try it and although the taste was actually quite good, no one wanted any more. I ate it all without complaint but then we went out for dinner!