I am a Navy wife and the mother of two. My days are spent keeping my two-year-old daughter out of trouble, and caring for my baby boy. My interests include crochet, reading, and attempting to find new recipes that might entice my picky toddler to actually eat something healthy.
My favorite things to cook
I love anything that can be thrown into the crock pot. As a mother of two in diapers, anything quick and easy, especially recipes I can allow my daughter to help with, is my preference. Recipes I find myself making over and over again include chili, meatloaf, chicken casserole, and tacos. I love Asian dishes, especially stir-fry, but my husband does not like oriental dishes, and so I do not have the opportunity to prepare them often.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas season, my mom, grandmother, and aunt would get together to bake Christmas goodies. They'd each take several treats to prepare and focus on making enough of those for everyone. At the end of the day, they'd assemble goody tins with all of the treats that had been prepared. It was always a lot of fun to help out, and I know my mom always enjoyed getting to catch up with her mom and sister. Now that I live so far away from family, I miss that time. I miss getting to focus on baking Christmas treats while chatting with female relatives.
My cooking tragedies
The first meal I ever cooked was a Mexican chicken dish with homemade flour tortillas. First, I burned the chicken . . . as in, it caught fire. Then, the tortillas wound up fluffy and buttery (used butter flavored crisco rather than regular shortening or oil). To top it all off, I left the tortillas in the warming drawer to stay warm, and turned on the broiler to cook the chicken. The tortillas came out of the warming drawer rather crispy. I can't remember if the rice turned out OK or not, and I also can't remember what vegetable we had. But the chicken and tortillas were a definite disaster!