When this picture was taken, I was sitting outside on the balcony of the hotel with my two best friends - my sister & my other best friend, watching the sunrise, both amazing cooks. The only thing better than seeing the sunrise is seeing the smiles on the faces when I've cooked for my family & friends and they enjoyed the meal. It's so rewarding to cook for people I love -- especially since cooking is one of my favorite things to do. And I can test new recipes and they love being the test subjects!
Passing down recipes & pictures is one way we keep our family's memories of our journey through life alive. Ours was a military family and we moved around a good deal. We were blessed to live in Virginia, Maryland, Alaska, North Carolina, Germany, and Texas - and we traveled to see many friends made during our years as a military family. Great friends were made & recipes exchanged as we moved around for over 20 years. And all those received after we settled here in the Commonwealth of V
My favorite things to cook
Anything baked - love it! And the good comfort foods I remember from my childhood. Of course Italian and Mexican are great. My very favorite is southern cooking - taking those great recipes and adding my twist or if I'm feeling nostalgic, just like Grandma, Mom, aunts prepared it. :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
This would be any holiday. Bake the Virginia ham, roast the turkey & make all the side dishes and desserts. Sticking with traditional foods our family always has at the time. I bake a lot to give as gifts and make fudge at Christmas. I always make my pumpkin, pecan, & sweet potato pies with Grandma's brandy.
My cooking triumphs
Thanksgiving dinner for 26 in a two-bedroom apartment in Germany. What a day and what a memory. I worked all day and all night before and then had all the soldiers there helping that morning - watching them learn to mince and chop was interesting. Best dressing they'd had in their lives because they made it. This was definitely a triumph. Anything I cook - or teach someone else to cook - for another person's enjoyment is a triumph for me.
My cooking tragedies
LOL! When I made spinach lasagna for dinner and told my children that I'd eat some first and show them that it was good. Then I took a bite - and I looked at them and said, "Okay, give me the telephone, kids, we're ordering pizza." It was horrible!