I am a 33 year-old wife of a U.S. Marine. We have a bright and challenging 4 year-old daughter, and I am blessed to be a stay-home mother to her.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook one-dish meals. Anything that you could call ____ in-a-pot would definitely be on my list of favorites. Beyond that, I love cooking anything that makes people smile. Making people happy with food from my kitchen is one of the biggest joys I take in life. It's "my thing."
My favorite family cooking traditions
Great Grandmother Cearley's Fudge at Christmas. Chili over rice on the first night of any visit with Daddy and Sandy, "my other momma." Really, though, just cooking together is our family tradition. In my family, everyone pretty much stays in the kitchen as long as there are two or more of us gathered.
My cooking triumphs
My first Thanksgiving turkey. I was so scared. It turned out to be the best turkey I'd ever had, but I was paranoid about it being dry or overcooked...so I over-basted and kept futzing with it every 15 minutes or so which, naturally, increased the roast time by several hours.
My cooking tragedies
The only one that comes to mind is the time I forgot to put sugar in a gooey butter cake type of recipe that I took to a potluck. Anyone in a hurry could make that mistake...but mine had to happen in front of God and everyone else, too.