I'm a mom of 4 and have been vegetarian for 15 years. I have always loved cooking. Becoming a chef and owning a B&B was my childhood dream. I attended 2 culinary schools and worked at several restaurants and a catering company when I was younger, but after having children I decided to devote my time and energy to caring for my family instead.
My favorite things to cook
I love making soups, sauces, and baking bread! I think those are the things that I'm best at. I also love taking an unhealthy recipe and revamping it to make it healthier, but still tasty enough to where you can't tell that it's good for you. I love trying new things and usually will go a month or two before repeating the same dish unless everyone is begging me to make something again sooner.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year we (my children and I) decorate and bake sugar cookies for most of the major holidays. I also make portabella wellington with lentil pecan pate and white truffle sauce every year for either Thanksgiving or Christmas.
My cooking triumphs
Being told repeatedly by people who eat meat that they they didn't miss the meat and would have never thought vegetarian food could be that good.
Another one was winning the "Golden Weed Award" during a vegan cook off. The theme was edible weeds and I chose dandelions, used the dandelions growing "wild" in our backyard (good thing we don't use any lawn treatments lol!), and made a 4 course meal from them including soup, salad, entree, and dessert.
My cooking tragedies
There is a casserole that was made when I was 19 and living in FL that was so bad it was gaggingly inedible. I had to toss it and we went out to dinner instead.