Even from childhood I loved to help my grandmother and mom around in the kitchen, doing whatever I could to produce that delicious end result. On vacations from school starting when I was about 12, I read over old cookbooks and picked recipes to try. Now I'm 20 and my cooking skills have grown a lot and I feel like I'm developing into a pretty decent cook. I love to see the smiles and hear the feedback from my family as they taste something I made.
My favorite things to cook
I started out baking pies, cookies and cakes, but as I'm getting a little older I enjoy cooking main entrees and hors d'ouvres for gatherings as well. My boyfriend (and kitchen help) is happy he'll have good meals every night in the future. :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
For the last few years at Christmas I've made a candy assortment to give to family members as gifts, as well as sweet potato, pecan and apple pies.
My cooking triumphs
I always get requests for peanut butter balls (my grandma's recipe), sweet potato pies, coconut pies, and caramel apple pork chops.
My cooking tragedies
I have the bad habit of leaving items in the oven for entirely too long, or forgetting to set the timer. I blame my oven! ;)