I am a nurse, wife, and mom of 2 girls and a boy. Very busy all the time, too busy to cook the way I'd like. Besides, my youngest (age 7) doesn't eat much outside of chicken nuggets, pasta, and pizza. I just keep exposing him to other stuff and know eventually he'll grow to love all kinds of food. My middle daughter did! She's a terrific eater now, with an adventurous palate :)
My favorite things to cook
everything! ok, ok - I love to bake bake bake - cookies, breads, cakes, pies (especially apple and blueberry), the list goes on. Tomato sauce, homemade potato gnocchi, ropa vieja, turkey chili, anything that requires a lot of patience and lots of chopping! I also enjoy creating new dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Anything related to my dad's cooking or my grandmother's cooking, which involves all holidays, of course! Lots of Italian food, holidays filled with cooking and eating from morning till night. It's amazing I'm not overweight, but I think portion control is something my family taught me and has served me well. I'd like to one day start my parents' tradition of having a cooking competition once a year with a group of friends, each person brings a course, and someone brings home the rotating trophy with their name engraved. I just have to find friends who enjoy cooking as much as I do! None of them cook :~(
My cooking triumphs
my grandmother's apple pie and her perfect crepes!! (she was French), tomato sauce (a must if you grew up in my Italian family), homemade potato gnocchi (a Christmas Eve tradition), hollandaise sauce perfected and sooo easy!, creme brulee, my yummy turkey chili, and Linzer tarts I make for my hubby on Valentine's Day.
My cooking tragedies
oh gosh, I try to put them out of my head. I've had plenty, believe me. Christmas 2008 was the first time I hosted a big formal holiday at my house, and it got a little crazy. I ended up forgetting all about the string beans, and the carrots & parsnips got served practically with dessert. Another dinner party I had years ago was simply timed all wrong and we didn't eat until almost 11 p.m.!! My best friend with young kids ended up having to leave before we even ate. oops! :~) I burn rice quite frequently - I tend to forget about it or have the flame too high. I probably almost burned the house down more than once doing this!