I was raised in a house where my mom loved to bake and my dad loved to cook, so I've had a healthy taste of both my whole life.
My favorite things to cook
When it comes down to it, I love doing anything in the kitchen. (Except clean up, of course!) I'm always willing to help out with an old family meal, or be the pioneer bringing a new dish to the table.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Something I will always remember, and hope to pass on in a family of my own, is Thanksgiving. My mom and I would be up since early Thanksgiving morning, usually just the two of us, cooking all day. Turkey, dressing, greenbean casserole, scalloped oysters, her homemade noodles and hot rolls, deviled eggs, cranberry sauce, cottage cheese salad, and cherry and pumpkin pies. The next day instead of going Black Friday shopping, my mom, my brother, and I would get up early to put up the Christmas tree and decorate the house while my dad sliced and fried the leftover hot rolls into little french bread.
My cooking triumphs
Actually, my greatest triumph is as recent as this last Thanksgiving. My dad is the hardest person in the world to please. Since his mother passed away several years ago, to ask him no one has been able to make a pie crust as good as hers. I made two pumpkin pies and a lattice top cherry pie. Slicing the cherry was almost a chore keeping it "pretty" as the lattice was so tender. My dad's exact words when he tasted it, "Oh my gosh... this is the best pie I've ever had. THAT is a crust my mother would have been proud of. I am." In my book, there is no better compliment.