Mom of 2, wife to best husband ever; avid reader, music lover, jewelry maker; addicted to sudoku, thrift stores and garage sales; misses the beach and wake boarding; native californian. I've been cooking and baking for as long as I can remember. I really enjoy cooking, but EVERYTHING gets tiresome when you have to do it day after day, especially if you're on a budget! That's why I love this website. I get tired of my same old recipes, so it's great to come here and see what real people are cooking. Cookbooks can be so austere and impractical for a real family on a budget.
My favorite things to cook
I love to experiment with desserts, but my waistline doesn't allow me to indulge in what I love.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Candy making at Christmas. The smell of butter and evaporated milk boiling in a pan on the stove is like heaven. Also, my husband cooks every Saturday night. He loves to cook as much as I do, but doesn't have the time for it except on the weekends. He's always trying new recipes, and is most often quite successful! It's fun for him and it's a nice break for me.
My cooking triumphs
Hubby says my potato salad is the best, even better than my mom's!
Also, I created a family cookbook. I gathered old family recipes and asked siblings to submit new favorites. It took FOREVER, but was worth it. If you're thinking of doing this, I have some tips: Have your siblings e-mail their recipes if they can, it will save you typing time. Include who submitted the recipe so if anyone has questions, they know who to call. Ask your siblings to include cooking stories. For example, my sister spoke of a time when she and grandma were making drop fudge together. The fudge didn't set, but they had lots of fun. I was too young when Grandma died to have that kind of experience with her. Plus It's nice to know even an 'expert' fails at drop fudge once in a while! Including memories like that make it more than just a cookbook. One last tip, I didn't include an index because I wanted the book to be expandable. If you number each page, your stuck with what you have.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I made toffee in the mile high city! Ugh! I watched helplessly as the butter and sugar separated and I knew my best candy making days were behind me.