O collect old cookbooks from churches around the world. That is where all of the family recipes hide. I personally feel that I am a better baker than I am chef, but I think it is because I prefer sweet to salty.
My favorite things to cook
I love baking cakes, cookies, pies, basically any dessert. I love the beauty and the wow factor a well pulled off dessert. The fastest way to make new friends is to be the lady who brought the cake to the party!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Both of my parents came from very large families, so the traditions I had passed down to me were probably how to stretch a dollar in the kitchen and how to create fabulous semi-homemade dishes. I feel like my tastes have definitely matured since moving to a city and getting older, but there are still a few casserole staples that I can't live without!
My cooking triumphs
Any one of my cakes. After taking a cake decorating class and then getting a KitchenAid from my mom for Christmas, my whole baking world changed! I really do make cakes with "wow factor: now! Perfecting butter-cream was my biggest triumph! I probably gained 20 lbs getting there though!
My cooking tragedies
I once tried to follow a family recipe from a cookbook. It was miss-typed and had TBLSs instead of tsps listed for garlic salt, so I massively over-salted it. Smelled great, but it tastes so very bad!