Mother-of-three, maker of jams, preserves, home cooking and canning.
My favorite things to cook
Originally being from Oklahoma I have a lot of "down-home" Paula Deen style tendencies. But, living in California the land of plenty and growing our own organic garden...my style and influences tend to fluctuate! I love classics like Beef Stew, Shepherd's Pie and Beer Can Chicken. Other times I can't wait to get in the kitchen and make Roasted Garlic Hummus, Ratatouille or French Onion Soup.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Homemade jams and preserves! When my family gets together with a big batch of fruit to make jams it always turns into a fun time.
My cooking triumphs
I won a local crockpot competition with an entirely original recipe. And I make apple pies for Christmas and everyone always comes back every year for "the best apple pie in No. California!". It makes a deep place in my soul smile when people love my food!
My cooking tragedies
Trying to make taffy when I was 8 years old. I completely burnt the pan and smoked out the house! My mother was NOT thrilled, even though she laughed her butt off about it!