I'm a work at home freelance writer and web designer, and mom of two boys. With three guys in the family, I do a lot of cooking! I'm also a gadget girl - the right gadget makes jobs so much easier. My faves are my George Foreman grill and my beautiful new KitchenAid mixer.
My favorite things to cook
Simple, down-home Italian food is one of my specialities. There's nothing more delicious than a simple base of tomatoes, garlic and a few seasonings, simmered and tossed with pasta! I also enjoy Mexican (another of my specialities), baking and Cajun food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My boys love to help me cook, which is something I hope to continue for years to come. Every Friday night, my husband and I have "date night", putting the boys to bed early and scarfing down one of our favorite recipes (tri-tip, Chili Verde, surf turf).
My cooking triumphs
When my best friend called me a gourmet cook! She's a fantastic gardener, so she tends my flowers in exchange for whatever dish she's fancying at the moment. (Her favorite is the Banana Cake recipe here on AllRecipes.com.) My husband is my biggest fan and never fails to compliment my cooking.
My cooking tragedies
I once made a pork dish that called for lean, boneless chop. I only had regular chops in the refrigerator, so I threw them in the crockpot with the soup and spcies. Quite possibly the worst dish ever! It was greasy, salty and barely palatable. I have a pretty good track record in the kitchen, so my hubby didn't tease me too much. :)