My husband Randy and I are very fortunate early retirees. We retired nearly seven years ago and have loved every minute. We now spend our days with our grandchildren, family and friends, traveling, volunteering our time to a variety of needs, sculpting and painting militaria figures (Randy), and of course COOKING! All thanks and praise to my fabulous daughter, Stacie, for introducing me to AR several years ago. I have grown as a cook through the friendships I have forged and advise that I have received from our fellow cooks on "the Buzz". The tools, videos and all of the Ar resources have been invaluable to me.The upcoming school year, 2012-2013, I will have just three classes, two first grades and a third grade class to share my self-made reading program. I am also very heavily involved with our school's PTA as Sudent Appreciation Chair, rewarding children for their kind and respectful behavior to their peers and school. I am truly blessed!
My favorite things to cook
Complete dinners of all varieties. Definitely pasta dishes and comforting soups, not surprising being of Italian decent. My husband loves my chicken fried steak with the obligatory mashed potatoes and gravy. Yum!
My favorite family cooking traditions
In the past ten years of marriage, our daughter has become quite the cook. I enjoy our holiday meal collaborations. Thanksgiving is quite traditional and we've got it down to a science. I, of course, make tons of Christmas cakes, cookies and candies, expected at our large family's Christmas dinner, although, I do switch up what I bring each year.
My cooking triumphs
Very happy to report that I have succeded in making a paella that my husband adores (I should submit the recipe to AR). Making crab raviolis from scratch. May I say that they are decadent at the risk of sounding like a braggart? Baking a feta and spinach stuffed salmon that my husband raves about. If he is pleased, then I am pleased.
My cooking tragedies
Like a few others I've read, mashed potatoes, aka "mashed potato soup", when I was twelve. 9/1/2010 New disaster! Followed my BIL sourdough starter pancake recipe to a "T". He left out the flour so I did too. End result - sourdough starter "crepes"!