I'm a home-based medical transcriptionist. My husband also works from home--and we still get along. We have 6 children between us--my 2, his 3, and 1 who is no relation to us but we claim as "ours" and eats all his meals here. The kids are now old enough to be grown--if you have children in their 20's you know exactly what I'm talking about. We have one grandson and one on the way. Let the good times roll!
My favorite things to cook
I'm a real meat and potatoes girl. Ironically, now that my kids are grown, and there are fewer mouths to feed, I have time and the inclination to be a bit more adventuresome in the kitchen. I love a decadent sauce on a good cut of meat.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We have a family recipe for what we call brown stewed chicken that dates back to at least my great-grandmother. It's a simple dutch oven meal that consists of browning the floured chicken in butter, adding water and popping in the oven on about 325 for about 1-1/2 hour. With mashed potatoes or a yellow rice and veggies on the side, this is the quintessential Sunday dinner. It's comfort food that never fails to soothe my soul.
My cooking triumphs
Long ago at the tender age of 8, I prepared my first solo meal--albeit with a couple of calls to my mother who was at work at the time. I don't remember the sides, but I prepared a meat loaf, which was--believe it or not--not only edible but quite good. All these 40+ years later I still consider that my biggest triumph--the little 8-year-old girl on her own in the kitchen.
My cooking tragedies
Actually it was quite recently....I decided that I would turn a sheet cake into a three-layer cake. This was to be a peanut butter filled, chocolate iced cake....BUT I didn't let the cake cool quite long enough and the layers started to slide. My husband captured on video the ultimate demise of this cake and my pants-wetting laughter in the process. BTW, the cake was delicious. :)