I am retired! A dream come true. I was a Trainer at a Health Insurance Co for 19 years and for 14 years before that I was a store sec/ Trainer for Sears. My husband is also retired. He was a Middle School Music teacher and he taught in his home town for 36 years, which is also where we live, actually in the house his parents built and where he grew up. He still does subbing for the school district and announces all of the HS football and many HS BB games. He is also the choir director and organist at our UCC church in town. We have 2 children who are both married. Our daughter lives in the Richmond, VA area and is a Public school Principal. Our son is a Project Mgr for an IT company in Madison. No grandchildren yet..... But 3 grand-dogs! We also have 3 cats and 2 Greyhounds that keep us very busy. I am so happy to be home full time and loving the opportunity to cook and bake and garden. Email is firstname.lastname@example.org pls put AR in the subj line. Thx!
My favorite things to cook
Home cooked basic comfort food meals. Trying to do most from scratch to be able to control what goes into the "pot". Love to bake, also. But, with just 2 of us now, that can be dangerous...
My favorite family cooking traditions
Polish & German heritage, so many of those traditional dishes. Love to bake many batches of cookies at Christmas!
My cooking triumphs
My very first Prime Rib this past NYE. It was amazing!! When we spent $44 on it for just the 2 of us, I knew it had to be!
My cooking tragedies
The first Thanksgiving my husband ate at our house, he loved my Mom's sweet potatoes. Very simple,,,, butter and salt and brown sugar. We were still in college, and I decided one evening to surprise him and make them for him. I had them in the pan w/ the butter (I think it was likely margarine back then as we were poor college kids), added some salt and brown sugar. They got syruppy (?) so I proudly served them. He took a bite and just looked at me. He said, "they seem kind of hard". I called my Mom to see what I could possibly have done wrong as I had watched her make them several times. I guess the part I never had seen was when she boiled them BEFORE putting them in the pan w/ the butter, salt, and brown sugar. I have learned and they are much better when cooked!!!