I am an eyewear sales rep but, my true passion is cooking. I have been "cooking" since I was a toddler when I pulled all the pots and pans and all the baking mixes and flours out of the pantry and mixed it all up in the middle of the kitchen floor. This was what my mom found when she woke up in the morning. I really started to cook when I was 8 and was trying to take over the preparation of the meals- starting with making toast or whatever my mom would let me do. I was making the family meals by the time I was 11. With 6 kids, my mom was glad to have someone who wanted to do it. I would also bake cakes and cookies. I especially loved baking cookies at Christmas time.
I collect cookbooks--I have over 300! I love my books and have bookmarks on pages of recipes I want to try. I never get to them because I am always finding great recipes on this site. I probably should be cooking for a living but, I never have because I don't want it to feel like a chore.
My favorite things to cook
wow! It depends on the day. I grew up in Indiana and my family is from Kentucky so, we grew up with a lot of southern cooking-which I adore. My mom always made comfort food-fried chicken, mashed tates, meatloaf, spaghetti. I love this stuff but, my taste have expanded so much. I also have become a very adventurous cook.I like everything but, especially ethnic food like Indian and Thai. I love making curries. I think my fave to cook is something cooked in the french oven---soups, stews, roasts anything that cooks all day and the seasonings must be adjusted and things added here and there. I like to make lamb shanks-osso bucco style-in the french oven with parmesan polenta. My husband votes this as HIS favorite thing. I also make a killer traditional casaer salad-anchovies, coddled eggs, and homemade croutons.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother cooked, my mom cooks, my sisters (3) and I cook. We have recipes that have been passed down. Most of them are very traditional southern style food. I am the one in the family that has branched out and will try different things. I cook a lot of vegetarian foods (moosewood coop cookbook is great for this). So I guess I am starting new traditions.
My cooking triumphs
My lamb shanks osso bucco or anything that people enjoy eating.
My cooking tragedies
My first cake (chocolate) I baked at age 10 I made from scratch. I measured, mixed, put the batter in 2 round pans and popped them into the oven. About 30 or so minutes later I hear a loud pop sound come from the kitchen. I run into the kitchen to peek through the oven door to check on my creation and all I see it chocolate covering the door. I open the door and there is CAKE all over the oven. My mom went through the recipe with me and we discovered I had put 1 cup of baking soda instead of 1 tsp. Oops! ha! It taught me to read recipes VEERRRYYYY carefully. What a mess!