I grew up on a 100-acre farm in northeast Iowa. I've now lived over half my life in Austin, Texas. I have a BA from the University of Northern Iowa, and retired from the state of Texas. I'm happily married; no children.
My favorite things to cook
Desserts, casseroles, simple main courses, chicken dishes, pasta, Christmas cookies and candy.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Scrapple, Christmas goodies, cinnamon rolls, kolaches, apple crisp, apple butter, rhubarb desserts, waffles, oven-fried chicken, gravy, chicken noodle soup, potato soup.
My cooking triumphs
Spanakopita; my Apple Crisp II recipe being printed in the very first All Recipes Cookbook,and it's in the All Recipes Top 20 Hall of Fame for 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2007!
My cooking tragedies
Under-baked chicken; separated tetrazzini sauce; flaming pot-holder.