Feb. 13, 2011 1:31 pm
Updated: Apr. 24, 2011 10:51 am
I love cooking. It's the one "chore" in my world that is not a chore at all. It replenishes my soul. I like thinking aobut what I will cook, going to the grocery store to get all the ingredients, working in the kitchen to make a meal, and finally, eating
the food and serving it…
I love food and cooking.I have two teenagers at home but the people I really like to cook for are my friends. I love to hear them ask me what dish I brought to the party so they can make sure they get some. I try different dishes over and over agian until I've gotten it right. I love all kinds of food- adventurous eater as well as cook. Of course, living in Texas, beef is on the menu a lot. My daughter loves anything asian or with pasta so we try new recipes for pasta dishes all the time from the ALLRECIPES website.
The recipes I cook usually aren't the low fat variety. I figured out the secret to making people like your food- always make a recipe that uses bacon, butter, or half and half. (don't tell my secret). I read cookbooks for entertainment and inspiration.
My favorite things to cook
Gumbo, by far. I love to spend the 3 hours it takes to cook it and then hear my family and friends rave about that batch. I have a stovetop smoker and my kids swear I'll try to smoke anything. I like cooking seafood, fish clams, etc. And I love cooking something I've never made before.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My little brother and I have a crawfish boil every year. My dad smokes brisket for us every time we go see him (and I usually talk him into sending me home with some). My mom makes the best low calorie recipes. I learn a lot from her about how to make a recipe taste good without adding so many claories.
My cooking triumphs
gumbo, smoked salmon, jamaican rice salad,
My cooking tragedies
I burn the bread every time. I think I'm officially banned from warming bread now.