I'm married with one child. Cooking has always been something that I associate with family, with good memories of being together with the people I love. What I love most is how making and eating the favorite dish of a loved one who's passed on or making something they loved to make is like having them back if only for a small time.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking just about anything. My Grandma Drescher always used to tell me if you can read, you can cook. Consequently, I like to experiment with whatever recipe I can get my hands on. My absolute favorite though are rich hot heavy things that warm you in winter: stews, stuffed cabbage, hearty comfort foods.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Pork and sauer kraut with heaps of mashed potatoes; stuffed cabbage; raisin filled cookies; zucchini bread; all sorts of pies and cookies; meatloaf
My cooking triumphs
This chocolate peanut butter pie I made once, so delicious; a plum tatin; my pies...I've gotten really good at pie dough; boeuf bourgignon; chicken tikka masala; irish soda bread, especially fried in bacon drippings; lasagna; stuffed shells. Once I was making this lemon-scented mascarpone trifle I saw on Every-Day Italian. It involved strawberries, but we also had some fresh blueberries on hand. So my friend and I made a blueberry sauce gelatin to add between layers... it makes an awesome fourth of July dish for gatherings.
My cooking tragedies
Occasionally I get so excited about a new recipe and I'll rush myself and forget some really crucial ingredient. Recently I was making an apple crostata and I forgot to put sugar in the dough. I will say after I redid it, it was the flakiest crust ever. I've screwed up other stuff. I can't remember anything so tragic as to be unfixable though.