Before I got married, I was a vegetarian and lived a healthy, active lifestyle. Being from northern CA, I was fond of cooking with fresh, local veggies and loved to experiment with new recipes and new ingredients. And then I got married - to a native North Carolinian from "the country." If it isn't deep fried, barbequed, or smothered in gravy, he's not eating it. Veggies? Those are the things that garnish the plate. He obsesses over his food touching on the plate more than the actual meal I've slaved over. We now have a 20 month old son and I worry about his eating habits. Will he be an opened-minded and adventurous eater like me? Or, will he turn his nose up to anything new, like his dad? I guess we'll see. I love this website because I can share my cooking experiences with people who really appreciate cooking and eating good food.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking breakfast foods - pancakes, waffles, french toast, etc. I also like to cook soups and stews. I enjoy baking holiday treats, too.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking Christmas cookies with my sisters and nieces was always my favorite holiday tradition. We haven't done this in a couple of years, but hopefully we will start up again.
My cooking triumphs
The world's most delicious french toast!
My cooking tragedies
Biscotti from hell. I made them one Christmas and they were more like bricks than biscotti. I used old seasonings (they had been in mom's cupboards for over 25 years - remember when McCormicks seasonings came in metal tins?) and a temperamental oven (sometimes it worked, sometimes not). They could have been used as weapons they were so hard and flavorless.