I have a girl born in 1999 and a boy born in 2001. DH & I both grew up with families who LOVE to cook...always had home cooked meals and goodies. With him working FT, but me only working PT, I do most of the cooking. Can sometimes be a challenge if the kids are feeling finicky! I work about 25 hours a week (I'm a CPA) and otherwise volunteer at our synagogue & in the kids school. We also have 2 dogs.
My favorite things to cook
I am using my slow cooker more and more. It's great for the days when our sitter picks the kids up from school. I leave the house @ 11 and DH comes home @ 5:30 to dinner all prepared. The slow cooker leaves our sitter free to play with our kids. I also LOVE to make desserts, and a few dinner dishes are fun. I basically like to cook anything that people will enjoy...I LOVE to cook and host parties.
My favorite family cooking traditions
For every holiday I remember extended family together in the kitchen cooking together. Cooking isn't just about the food - it's about doing it TOGETHER. My kids frequently help me with my cooking. Not only do we spend fun time together, but my 7 year old is already learning fractions and multiplication as we double recipes together.
My cooking triumphs
For my whole life I remember a cousin who was an AMAZING cook. There was nothing she couldn't do. It always tasted AND looked incredible. She made challah for every single holiday or festivity. When she died, I brought challah to her family. While it wasn't as yummy or as pretty as hers, it was a tribute to what I most remembered about her. When her granddaughter was born, I made the challah for her naming. It wasn't about the act of cooking for me....it was about the emotions involved with carrying on a tradition of a loved one now gone.