Born and raised in Sonora,CA, I moved out early, married young, divorced young, and have finally grown up into something resembling a respectable adult, I hope. Several years ago I quit "Corporate America" to stay home and raise my two teen daughters and have been loving it ever since. They have now moved on, one married and one just finished culinary school and was fortunate to find a job in a caribbean restaurant 'on the line', I'm so proud. Both of my girls have a nack for cooking, which makes me so proud, and they appreciate using local, organic foods as much as possible.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook anything Italian. I'm learning to love all things fresh from my garden and enjoy trying new recipes that include both fresh veggies and fish that my husband has caught. I prefer to feed my family locally grown pork, fresh veggies and chicken, which differs greatly from my SDA background, but I believe is reasonably healthy.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Not a whole lot of fond memories from childhood, except holidays. I remember my grandma making everything from scratch, which I try hard to emulate every holiday I host.
My cooking triumphs
I hosted a Thanksgiving dinner last year for over 20 people in honor of my grandmother who was recovering from a traumatic accident in the hospital. Although I was commited to hosting the dinner, I waited until I felt confident she would survive, then continued with the plans, knowing it was what she would want me to do. It was the most wonderful meal you could imagine. I cooked TWO Thanksgivings last year, actually. One, for my family in Colfax, and one for my 'original' family in Sonora, which we actually had in Modesto, for my grandfather, who refused to leave the side of his wife, my wonderful grandmother. I brought an entire Thanksgiving dinner to the hospital in Modesto, from Colfax, and reheated in their microwaves, so my grandpa could have a nice dinner. My grandma is doing well, I'm very happy to report, I believe because of a strong commitment to and from family.
My cooking tragedies
My ex-in-laws (who love me and I them) moved to our area to be closer to the kids. I wanted them to have a "home cooked meal" before they were moved in. I absolutely DESTROYED the wonderful salmon my husband caught, because I had no idea how to cook it. I just knew my father in law loved salmon. Just to clarify, my husband is NOT his son. I divorced his son several years ago. This was the fish my NEW husband caught. Although the fish was inedible, I'm happy to say the relationship between ex-in-laws and current spouse is fantastic. And they were kind enough to not only eat the rubbery fish, they thanked me for having them over. What more could you ask for???