I am a single mom living in southern Oregon with my 11 year old son. Fortunately he is not a picky eater so I can try out new recipes on him. He tells me if it is a keeper, in his eyes, or not. We enjoy finding recipes on AllRecipes and putting them to the test.
My favorite things to cook
Currently I am going through a soup phase. My phases change frequently but my all time favorite things to cook would have to be all different variations of pizzas.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The only 'tradition' I can think of goes back to the beginning of my cooking experiments. My son is a very thoughtful young man and whatever I made he would say it was wonderful, even when he didn't care for it. I didn't realize this until one day when I repeated a recipe that he had said he had enjoyed just the week before. When I told him what was for dinner he almost looked panicked. I asked him what the problem was as he had said he liked it when I first made it. He looked at me, all sad, and said he had been being nice because he didn't want to hurt my feelings. So that day we came up with a new system. Now when I try a new recipe he politely eats the meal and at the end we discuss if it is a keeper or not.
My cooking triumphs
I have really been enjoying learning to cook all types of foods over the camp fire. At our last campout I made Sesame Chicken in the dutch oven and Cashew Chicken over the campfire. We have some of the best meals in camp!
My cooking tragedies
My fiance asked me to make him some kool-aid before he went to work. Turns out you have to add suger. The men he worked with couldn't beleive he was actually going to marry me after that. It didn't get much better for him after we married. We were going to a potluck at my parents home and I decided to make yogurt pie. So I bought a graham cracker crust, dumped in the yogurt and put it in the freezer. I never realized there was a problem until my brothers were trying to cut the pie and they needed a chisel! Thanks to AllRecipes (and learning to READ THE INSTRUCTIONS) I have learned to cook... and now people don't cringe when they see me walk in at a potluck, they are actually excited to see what I brought because it is always something interesting and wonderful.