I've loved to cook as far back as I can remember, which is when I was five and tried to cook a can of soup by putting the can on the stove burner and turning it on. I then tried to grab it with my bare hand. That was my first lesson in cooking. Fortuneately the burn was very light with no scaring.
My mother was a great cook and loved cooking so I had a wonderful teacher.
My 3rd husband is Mexican and loves to cook so I've been learning a lot from him and he was taught by his grandmother while growing up in Mexico City.
I have just one daughter whom I tried to teach to cook when she was young but she hated it. Now she is in her twenties and has been teaching herself to cook and she's GOOD! She has always been stubborn and had to learn things in her own way in her own time.
I grew up on the central Oregon coast but now live in Hillsboro, OR. I'm still looking for new recipes and always finding new things to learn about cooking. I'm an interm. cook with still lots to learn.
My favorite things to cook
My most favorite is baking. I would like to earn a little money some day with my baked goods. However, I'm really enjoying learning how to cook meats and main entrees along with the side dishes. I like simple food but enjoy making complicated dishes a couple of times a month.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up very active in a religious group and went to a lot of get togethers and potlucks.
We didn't celebrate holidays but my older brothers and sisters and other family would come over at holiday times because they would have time off from work or school. For both the Nov and Dec holidays we would have turkey and ham, special cranberry salad, my mom's baked beans, lots of pies, etc. My mother would also make lots of candies and she would cover our card table in fudges, cookies, and all sorts of goodies.
I also have fond memories of cold, rainy, winter days and eating beef vegetable stew with homemade cornbread. Mom would also make potato soup, onion soup(very similar to the potato soup),and split pea soup.
All of our family traditions center aound food.
My cooking triumphs
Recently I've been trying out different meat recipes. Usually when I cook meats they come out bland and tough, no matter what meat, or how it was cooked. Last week I made a beef pot pie recipe I got off of Allrecipes.com and my husband ate it as left over two days in a row. That never happens! The great part is that I made the crust from scratch and it was so flaky and good!
I also made a flan 2 days ago. I've been trying different recipes and methods and this one was the best I've ever eaten, even compared to my favorite restaurant flan.
My cooking tragedies
Oh! too many and I usually try to forget except to learn from.
Last year I bragged about making a pumpkin cheesecake to bring to a get together. I had never made it but was fairly confident in myself. Well, myself and one other person were the only ones who tried it and I took the rest home. I was the only one who ate some later at home then just threw it out. I made up my own crust using a cookie recipe and it looked terrible and was hard and bland. The cheesecake itself was just not cooked completely and wasn't very good. I haven't tried it since but I will eventually because I always have to keep trying until I get it at least edible.