I am a married mother of one incredibly brilliant, gifted energetic little boy. My son loves to be Mama's kitchen helper! I enjoy cooking much more than I enjoy eating, so my coworkers get a lot of homemade treats. Every week on one of my days off I have a "New Recipe Day" where I prepare a recipe my family has never tried before. I love giving people homemade food gifts,and I really enjoy canning and candy making. Lately I have really gotten into batch cooking, which has been wonderful I spend one day a month getting all the prep work done for 30 meals, so that my hubby can do the cooking when I work late. I like knowing that even if I work until 1 AM, my son and husband have a tasty and healthy dinner before bed.
My favorite things to cook
I got started on canning last year, and got hooked! I came to the decision that I will not buy jam or jelly ever again, when I can make it cheaper and healthier at home. I love opening my pantry and seeing all the things I have made from scratch. Of course my husband has told me I may not can anything else until I use what we have! I love making candies. Stuff that is so much better than store bought, and can be anything I want it to be! Peanut Butter Fudge is amazing, and so easy to make.
My favorite family cooking traditions
There were six of us growing up. In order to keep us out from under foot while she was trying to cook holiday meals, my mom would fill a mason jar half full with heavy whipping cream, and have us take turns shaking it until we made the butter that would go on our rolls. Even though we were just shaking a jar, we all eagerly awaited our turn! When I got married I brought that tradition to my husband's family. My husband and brother in law thought it was so cool that they were making the butter we would be using. And now that I am a mama, I use this same tradition with my son, who loves it!
My cooking triumphs
A friend of my uncle's taught my mom and me how to make his chicken enchiladas, an amazingly simple 5 ingredient recipe. My husband says that he knew I was the girl he was going to marry the first time I made them for him in high school. I brought them to a Christmas party at work, and my boss loved them. She requested them the next year. And when we worked together again a few years later, she kept requesting them, telling the whole crew how great they were. I also remember how surprised my Mexican coworkers were when I told them I learned how to make tamales from the internet. They teased me and had me bring a batch to a coworker's baby shower. Of course I had modified the recipe and made it my own. After they tasted my tamales, they were asking ME for tips!
My cooking tragedies
I probably have a cooking tragedy every month, when I try some new recipe. We don't entertain much, so mostly it is my family that suffers. Thank goodness for $5 pizzas down the street!