I'm a very late in life Mommy to a active 5 yr old daughter as well as a wife, homemaker and will be going back to school soon to study graphic design. By marriage, I was a grandma to 3 (6 now) before I became a mommy at age 38. I grew up Army Brat and had the chance to travel and sample the food of many different places and cultures but as far as I'm concerned you just can't beat the Louisiana Lifestyle and the food that goes with it! I've been lurking on this site since I got my first computer about 5 years ago and just love it...so many great ideas! I won't be submitting many recipes though, I tend to wing it and combine recipes and such. The only time I really follow one is when I'm baking...to me baking is a science while cooking is art!! :)
My favorite things to cook
When I was little, my 1st field trip was to a bakery. I swore then and there that when I grew up I would bake bread just to have my house smell that good so I do. I have a bread machine but usualy only use it to do the first part. I also love my slow cooker but the actual food I love to cook depends on my mood and the weather...nothing beats a gumbo or pot of chili when that first cool snap comes or staying cool in the summer by cooking outside.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I'm not quite sure how I fell into my love of cooking. My grandma is a good all around cook and a great baker. My mom was the queen of hamburger helper though there were a few things she made pretty well. Christmas cookies are a must as well as fruit salad (I think some call the one I'm talking about 7 can salad though I don't know why!) For the last six years, I made Jesus a birthday cake (Buttered Rum Coconut) but Santa told me he's bringing my lil girl an Easy Bake since she's always wanting to help mommy in the kitchen (I wish he'd bring me a new kitchen...mine is tiny!) so there's just no telling how many cakes he'll get this year!!
My cooking triumphs
I had to think about this and decided that what I am proudest of is the ability to "make do". In my 1st marriage there were many times when $ were so tight they squeeked yet I was able to feed my late husband and his kids nutritional food that tasted so good nobody cared that the cuts were cheap. I still cook many of those meals now even though things aren't so tough any more.
Before hurricanes Andrew, Katrina and Rita, I filled every inch of dead space in my freezers with 2lt bottles of water and gallon bags of water. The only thing I lost was ice cream and small things like fries. I also made sure to have plenty of propane and charcoal. Though we were without power a long time and the stores didn't have food, we sure ate pretty well at our house!! Oh yeah,the water came in handy for drinking as it melted.
My cooking tragedies
This one is easy! At around 13 I attempted my first meatloaf (a speciality now), mushed it down into a loaf pan so hard it came out like a brick...no idea what the flavor was like as nobody felt like a dentist visit! Age 19, first Gumbo...thought if a lil file made it good a whole lot would make it better. Wrong! It was slime! Not a tragedy but certainly a faux pas around here was serving beef stew w/o rice (!). And how can I forget falling asleep while boiling eggs to devil. Everyone was diving for cover when they exploded and the smell that premated the house lasted for weeks!! Ya just gotta keep trying though! :)