Wife to one, mom to one. Born and raised in sunny California. Live in frozen north Canada. Food is my favorite hobby, eating more than cooking it though. Oh, and I just got internet in my house last month. No more living in the dark ages for me. I am loving the allrecipes website rather than flipping through all my old cookbooks. This site if fabulous.
My favorite things to cook
How I miss really good mexican food! So I do try to make a few things here but the main version of mexican ingredients up here is Old El Paso. How do I love chile rellanos and enchiladas? Let me count the ways! When I go back to CA to visit I am sure I gain 10 lbs eating mexican food every day.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Up here in the north it is all about the meat and potatos. My husband is Mennonite so they have traditions with certain foods at certain times of year. New Years is Portchelcha (I can't spell it, and my husband laughs when I try to prounounce it.) Raisin fritters is a better name if you ask me. Easter is Paska (sweet bread made in coffee tins). It is quite novel for me since I grew up without any interesting traditions.
Since I married in to this family I bring the exact same two dishes to every Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meal: brocolli cheese casserole and sweet potato casserole with pecans on top. Every time without fail. (Both recipes came from Allrecipes!)
My cooking triumphs
I bake cakes for a girlfriend of mine every year on her birthday and have a great time coming up with new designs for a round cake. This year was a lemon cake with cute daisies piped on it. (By no means professional looking but very nice for an amatuer.)Last year was a white cake with melted life savers on it. Very fun, polka dot look. And the cakes don't taste too bad either.
My cooking tragedies
A thai peanut pizza with sprouts on it. Not my recipe mind you. It was terrible. That whole thing went in the hoosecow. (A term my husband uses. Again, no idea what a hoosecow is or how to spell it.)