My mom taught me to make fudge when I was in 2nd grade and I have been cooking ever since! I love to try new recipes and usually make a recipe "as written" first and then tweak it a little, if necessary. Trying new cuisines from different cultures was always encouraged when I was growing up and My mom, grandmothers and aunts have all inspired me with their love of cooking.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook large, special-occasion meals for family and to entertain friends on the deck...meals or appetizers. My husband is also an excellent cook...lucky me!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up, my family never had turkey for Christmas, as my mom just thought it was too soon to eat it again after Thanksgiving! But we have always chosen a special meal...not an "every-day" recipe, but one that requires special preparation. For years it was home-made spaghetti and meatballs, prompting many of my friends to ask if we are Italian (we're not)! We also always let each member of the family choose his or her meal and dessert ( or cake flavor) for each birthday. My poor parents had to endure years of pancakes and chocolate cake when my sister and I were very young!
My cooking triumphs
Mastering some French recipes that have become family favorites. Also mastering a really good pie crust after many attempts!
My cooking tragedies
I made a meatloaf once for a boyfriend in college and it was like a brick...too dense and tough. Don't know what I did wrong, but he ate it anyway!