Until recently, I claimed to hate to cook. I have never minded cooking as long as I am home, but as a busy single mom working around 60 hours a week plus extra-curricular activities, finding the time and energy to cook is difficult. During the Christmas break, my children decided that they wanted to become vegetarian and I agreed to give it a try. Living in a fairly small town, it's hard to find vegetarian food when you go out to eat, so I have begun cooking at home the majority of the time and we are making it a family event which I enjoy. It's great knowing what goes into our food and working together to create it.
My cooking triumphs
I now cook most food by site with the exception of baking. I've become very good at figuring out ingredients that my family and I like and creative ways to throw them together. Unfortunately, this also makes it hard to make an exact recipe twice! I need to get better at tracking what I do so I can make the perfect recipe again and again.
My cooking tragedies
I was 19 years old, had just married and moved across the country from Oregon to North Carolina. It was just my husband I for Thanksgiving, but I wanted to cook a traditional meal just the same. We ran out of propane about halfway through cooking the turkey! I didn't even know that we were supposed to keep an eye on the propane tank, that's how naive I was (this was propane for our range and home, not the BBQ)! We ended up going to a 24/7 restaurant, but what memories!