My mother started teaching me to cook when I was 8. We had a large family and she needed all of the help that she could get. I have always enjoyed cooking although I went through periods of taking the easy road, while I was working full time. I now am a stay at home mom and have been able to realise that I really do love to cook, now that I have the time.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake. I love to make candy and sweet things. I think that I am a pretty good pasty chef. Christmas is my favorite time of year to show off my cooking and baking skills.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Large family dinners. Thanksgiving is my mom's recipes for homemade bread (not a machine), noodles, dressing, turkey and all kinds of pies, all from scratch. Christmas is primerib with all the fixings.
My cooking triumphs
Baking and decorating a wedding cake.
My cooking tragedies
I finally found a date nut role recipe that was like my mom's. Her recipe was lost after she passed away. It looked and smelled just like hers. I remember her taking the pan outside to beat the candy in the cold to help it set up. I did that and mine turned into a solid mass that was rock like and I couldn't get it out of the pan.