I'm a stay-at-home mom with a 10 year old daughter in Northern Virginia who I am trying to get to love cooking like me. My husband is grateful that I cook lovingly for my family. I can look in the fridge, freezer and pantry and come up with dishes without a recipe and they usually turn out great. When I come up with something, I always write it down as I'm cooking, so that if it's worth keeping, I know what I did! I never measure anything. I pride myself as a good cook!
My favorite things to cook
I forget when or where I got this recipe, but a staple in our house is Orzo stew and it's so simple. 1 can of veg-lentil soup, 1lb ground meat (i usually use turkey), onion, beef bullion and orzo pasta. Cook the turkey in the onion & add the bullion; meanwhile, boil the orzo in separate pot very al-dente. Add the soup to the meat and simmer, then add the orzo and wala! Serve with rolls or crusty bread. We hardly ever have leftovers.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We're Jewish, so cooking is almost mandatory in our family. I love coming up with Passover and other Jewish holiday menus. My sister in law and I usually co-cook together for Thanksgiving and it's so much fun. My mother in law is a good cook and I have gotten many recipes from her. We always have a nice hearty meal for Sabbath dinner on Fridays.
My cooking triumphs
Gosh-there are many ;-) but I think in general, I have created a new meal or dish out of leftovers that couldn't be revived otherwise.