I have been cooking from a very early age and love to try new recipes when I have time. I have a small farm and a husband that hunts so I love trying new recipes that use venison, fresh pork, chicken and veggies- all things we produce or hunt. I also commute to a city job so I rely on fast to prepare meal recipes through the week and usually get serious on the weekends!
My favorite things to cook
Cooking from scratch (like hummus, fresh bread, pasta, marinara sauce)- knowing what is in it is important to me. I love to cook anything Mexican, chile rellenos and salsa verde are my favorites to make. Monkey bread, chocolate chip cookies, lasagna, biscuits and gravy, anything grilled. Suppers in the slow cooker- there's a lovely feeling knowing supper will be ready and waiting when you get home from work! Looking over this list, most things are very fattening. I usually cook lightly with a couple of rich meals thrown in each week so I guess I enjoy cooking the fattening stuff more! Maybe because my family gets more excited about lasagna than salad.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas wouldn't be complete without a country ham and a blackberry jam cake. Sunday mornings are our big breakfast days, the one day a week when my husband and I are both home and can cook together due to our different work shifts. I am still trying to perfect my biscuit recipe to taste like my grandma's used to.
My cooking triumphs
Long ago I made a caramel pie that was astounding. I lost the recipe and can't find another like it. My best triumph would have to be the perfect pork chops I cooked for my then future husband. I haven't cooked pork chops like those since, and he says I just lured him in with that meal! I used a marinade mix that has since been discontinued, so it looks like he's out of luck!
My cooking tragedies
The first time I made gravy it was like paste. I was only 12 at the time and my friend was staying over and wanted fried chicken and gravy. The chicken was a bit bloody and the gravy was paste. She ate the outside of the chicken that was done and the gravy and said it was great. She is still a good friend!
I once put 2 tablespoons of garlic powder in a batch of broccoli soup instead of 2 teaspoons.