I have been cooking since I can remember! Helping my mom in the kitchen from a very young ago. I think the first thing I cooked myself was hotdogs and mac n cheese (from a box of course) with mom's supervision... I think I was about 5 or 6. I have continued with a love of food and creating. I am very artistic in many different ways. Cooking to me is an art as well. I also enjoy sewing, scrapbooking, photography, home decor, walking through the many parks in my area, traveling and many more.
My favorite things to cook
I don't know that I have a favorite thing/things to cook. I like to try new things often and push myself with new creations and ways I have never cooked before.
I like to bake as well, usually casseroles, cookies and breads.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My best friend (more like a sister) and I have started a tradition of baking holiday cookies every year (about 3 years now). Its a good time for us to get together and we both love to bake. I also love when my mom makes her "potato soup" when weather gets chilly- always a favorite as a kid, even now! No one can cook like mom it seems. Even when you try to perfect it, its never the same. I also look forward to my birthday, as I still ask my mom for her "wacky cake".. an AMAZING eggless chocolate cake. I also love creating recipes that have been handed down through generations, and wonder what it was like when my great grandmother was in her kitchen making the same thing.
My cooking triumphs
(recently)I re-created Julia Child's "coq au vin"... it was complicated, time consuming but ooohh so yummy! I was very impressed with myself, I felt as if I should be in front of judges!
Other triumphs are my own creation of an au gratin potato dish. I created it out of my head and both my picky grandmother and my self proclaimed food critic step father ranted and raved about them. I try to make them once a year. Also, I have been trying dishes that are out of my "comfort zone" and luckily, they usually turn out quite well and tasty too!
My cooking tragedies
I cannot for the life of me seem to accomplish making no- bake cookies! I have tried different recipes, I have tried boiling longer, shorter.. still to no avail. I will continue to try to make these. I can't be outdone by my nephew who can make them just fine!