I started cooking for my family when I got to high school and have cooked ever since. I certainly like to find easy ways of doing things, e.g. adding to a cake mix, but prefer scratch recipes, filling my home with the smells of baking and slow cooking. I love old family recipes and baking with my grandchildren. Lots of experience with church suppers and dish to pass treats. I have a herb garden and am now exploring recipes with fresh herbs.
My favorite things to cook
Ethnic foods, I am especially fond of Italian and Polish foods,but Greek, Cajun, Chinese, as well, more recently learning ethnic baking and desserts. I love one dish meals, soups, stews, casseroles. Love to bake, cakes, pies, cookies, but fancy desserts as well. Neat veggie recipes are fun. I am into breads, scones, biscotti, ciabatta. Love jellies including herb jellies, interesting salsa, or chutneys.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My kids were brought up to try a bite of everything and so have wonderful eclectic tastes. We always baked a family gingerbread cookie cut outs for Christmas and I did a Christmas Stollen (yeast bread), Pierogi for Good Friday, Chrusiki for Easter.
My cooking triumphs
Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner for 300 people.
Food for Family showers, Holidays and special events.
My cooking tragedies
Moussaka was the only dish I ever made that no one liked!