I'm an old soul and tend to embrace things that have stood the test of time. I am happily married to my best friend for nearly 11 years. We have no children except our two fur-kids (cats), Ricky Ricardo and Freddy. I grew up "old-fashioned", learning cooking/baking from scratch, sewing, canning and other food preservation methods as well as gardening. Essentially the "lost arts" that are rare in women of my generation. I'm grateful to have received that legacy from my mother and grandmother.
My favorite things to cook
Pie, pie, pie! I am known for my unique pies and continually learning every day. Other than pie, I love to make vegetarian food that actually tastes good. I have had coworkers tell me that they like my food better than meat products that were provided at the same gathering.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Saturday nights were always "eat-what-you-want" nights. Mom would let my two brothers, dad and I loose in the kitchen and we could concoct whatever we felt like having that night. Sunday mornings my dad would make hash browns and/or blueberry pancakes. Friday nights were special candlelit suppers. Mom would make Harvest Pudding - a layered parfait-esque dish - and we would sing a blessing over our meal.
My cooking triumphs
I'm most proud of my accomplishments with pies. Early on in our marriage, my husband's grandmother discovered I was a pie aficionado. She was tired of baking pies at family gatherings and none of her 4 daughters-in-law wanted the task. The torch was passed to me and I've never looked back. I usually make 2-3 pies every Thanksgiving and always try to do something new and unique. I am also known for my famous caramel cinnamon rolls.
My cooking tragedies
One word - Kale. The first year of our marriage, I felt like we needed to be more healthy so I bought some kale. It was as awful as I remembered it but I couldn't bring myself to waste it. I tried various ways of eating it - to no avail. I don't know what possessed me but I finally decided to blend it up and serve it on toast. My poor husband will never forget that experience and I will never live it down.