I'm a working mom so time is limited. My favorite times are spent with my son. I love hiking and push myself to go to the gym at least once per week. I'm an avid cross stitcher but also dabble in crochet, painting, drawing, decorating and almost anything crafty. I read as much as possible but admit that I usually fall asleep before I get in more than a few pages. My books are all paper and will never be anything but. I get great satisfaction from cooking and love to experiment. I would bake more but then I would have to exercise more, too, and that must be avoided. I usually spend a weekend or two baking around Christmas. Those goodies travel all over the planet!
My favorite things to cook
I usually spend one day of each weekend cooking and prepping for the week. I'm not fancy with my techniques but we eat like kings. I make up a HUGE salad every Sunday that doubles for stir fries and hash with left over meats. I am fascinated with the cooking of other cultures. I dabble in Indian, Polish, German, Mexican, Italian, Southern / Louisiana, Japanese, Irish and English.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandma was Polish and she used to make golabki (stuffed cabbage), which was and may still be my all-time favorite. However, she passed away without writing down the recipe. It took a few tries but I now have it down pat. I recently tried making it as a casserole which worked out great! No more hours stuffing those dang cabbage leaves! I still haven't figured out her chicken and dumplings.
My cooking triumphs
Eight hours spent on boeuf bourguignon and two days spent on demi-glace. Both were worth the effort but neither will be done again any time soon!
My cooking tragedies
Gnocci. It became potato mush soup. Some Mediterranean dish that nearly killed me when the spices I was roasting exploded in a powerful toxic gas. I couldn't breath properly for hours and had to open up the house to air out in the middle of winter.