Married. A mom of 3 grown sons, one married. I have a D-I-L who does like my cooking, will let me know when she likes some things, I will make them. This last pregnancy brought lots of homemade soups!
I have 2 darling granddaughters--Tegan is 4 and loves to bake/cook, (we call her Missy Martha) and new baby Tayte who came mother's day 2006. My children tend to fill tupperware containers when they go home,even when the ones who live locally. That is the best compliment--can I take-----. I also have friends who get samples all the time. I volunteer in the community, church, Humane Society. I lap swim (about 60 miles per year), have diabetes, fibromyaliga/CFS. I garden, craft, paint, sew, photography, computer friendships & Emailing to stay caught up with friends.
My favorite things to cook
SOUPS! BREADS! Getting into cookies as Tegan loves to do them. Simple meals, scandinavian specialties I grew up making-they weren't so special then! Love to grill simple things, can cook and bake on the grill in the hot summers.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas's I am in charge of the turkeys, homemade buns, gravey, garden creamed corn. I bake 2-3 turkeys the week before, carve them, put them in containers (dark/white)that fit the largest crockpots, pour juices over them, freeze them. All the work is done. Take out 1 day ahead, thaw in fridge, bring to high heat in crockpots, seal lids with foil to keep steam in.
I take all the meat juices collected during the year, put them in the biggest stock pot and make my gravy from that. Ham,beef, pork, chicken, turkey, etc. No one can copy my gravy. 2-3 gallons of gravy go fast. I make that Christmas eve to use it for 2 meals, then put it into the crock pot the next day for the big family gathering. Christmas for immediate family is 30 people or more. I take the food to my niece's in same town.
My cooking triumphs
Over the last couple years I have gotten braver about entering my baking/canning into the local county fair. The 2nd year I got the purple sweepstake ribbon for my white over night buns. I had just learned to make them before the fair and thought enter them. I make fantastic whole wheat molasses buns as well. My grandmother was a fantastic cook/baker and up till she died, I could not make bread for nothing. After her death--this is when my bread baking became fantastic. She never gave out her bread recipes. If you were there when she made it, you observed. I feel this was her final gift to me, the ability to carry on "grandma's buns". They taste just like hers! I do believe the trick is genuine butter!
My cooking tragedies
As a young child, I went to my aunt's, told her I knew the recipe for brownies by heart. My cuz and I were making them, got to the point of vanilla--1 tsp or 1 cup--the amount threw me. Sent the cuz out to ask her mom working outside, apparently it was misunderstood and we put 1 cup in. We baked them, they were terrible. Our punishment was to have to eat them. Real vanilla was used back in those days so my aunt really yelled at us. This happened in the early 60's. I remember this every time I make that recipe--double check! Even my brother who knows it by memory calls me when he misplaces that piece of paper! What are the measurements--are you sure?!?!