I started cooking very young, at first I'd just put things in the oven after school before mom came home. Then she started having me do a few simple steps to get dinner ready, pretty soon I started hanging out in the kitchen paying attention. Before I left home I was a pretty fair gourmet cook, but I had the best teacher in the world. Besides cooking I crochet, read, and make jewelry (beading, sterling, & chainmaille).
My favorite things to cook
Sauces. My specialty is sauces, I mastered a roux early, and I love to create unique sauces.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas dinner is the same meal every year, it has been since 1980. Prime Rib with tawny port sauce, sauteed escarole, potatoes, and corn pudding. Mom always talks about changing the menu, which always gets the same question, "if we aren't having Christmas dinner on Christmas, then when are you going to make it?" Then my mom decides since she has to make it anyways, she might as well make it on Christmas.