I taught high school Family and Consumer Sciences for nearly 30 years. We have a fantastic blended family who have been my best critics and my biggest fans. We have certain family recipes that everyone loves and makes with fond memories. For Mother's Day this year, I made cookbooks for all the families with over 300 recipes from their pasts. I included flash drives of the cookbook so they can add recipes, change recipes, etc.
The grandchildren have given cooking a whole new perspective. They eat healthier than our children did. Biscuits and gravy is one of my favorite meals. But most of the grandchildren turn their noses up at that. Since it's not so healthy, that's fine. We tend to equate food and cooking with love. And I love to cook for those I love!!!
My favorite things to cook
Appetizers are my favorite things to cook and eat. We usually make our Christmas Eve a meal of appetizers and do our large meal on Christmas Day.
I enjoy cooking soups and casseroles. My elderly parents live just down the street, so I cook a lot for them. I cut carbs when I can since my Dad is diabetic.
One of my sons-in-law says I put cheese or gravy on most things I cook. I try not to, but the Kentucky influence of my parents is very evident in my cooking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We have scrambled egg casserole and hash brown casserole every Christmas morning. I make Texas Trash (a spicy Chex mix) two times a year and it is a treat!
My cooking triumphs
I love to share recipes. It is a compliment when someone asks for a recipe for a dish I have made.
My cooking tragedies
I cooked my first turkey with all the giblets still in a little package inside. But, it turned out pretty well in spite of that!