My first excursion into cooking was for my Girl Scout badge. Iirc, it was a success; not great, but good. It wasn't until college that I really had to cook on my own and who can truly call college cooking, cooking? After college, I had to cook for myself and I did okay. I had an electric stove in my apt and I hated it. I remember one time finding my wooden cutting board on a burner that was turned on. Thankfully, I caught it quickly and only ruined one side of my cutting board.
I cooked more after I got married and I cooked some disasters. Mostly my disasters were related to trying to cook healthy, low fat meals. I guess my skills improved over time or at least they weren't so bad that my husband wanted to cook instead of me!
My cooking skills are significantly improved now. I think it’s because I only choose top rated recipes - you rarely go wrong. It is also great having kids – my girls think their mom is the best cook in the world.
My favorite things to cook
I love trying new recipes, sometimes to my detriment. And I'm not talking about not liking the recipe. That hasn't happened too often (thankfully). I'm talking about when we do like it. Because sometimes I am so obsessed with trying something new that I forget about the newer recipes I've made that we liked and when I remember them, I can't remember where I found them. This doesn't happen as often as it used to thanks to search engines, but it still happens occasionally. I'm also getting much better at going back and entering a rating for a recipe I've tried and adding weblinks into my AR recipe box.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking tradition is my mother and grandmother preparing Christmas dinner. My memories range from when we went to my grandparent's house for the meal to when my grandma was living with my parents. The night before dinner, my grandma and mom would make dessert. It has a horrid name - Ice Box Cake - but it tastes heavenly. My grandma made it best. I can't make it as fluffy as she did, but we all still love it. I also vividly remember my grandma making the bread for the stuffing and keeping her counters on the table so she'd know if she had enough cups. I remember too that my grandma was the turkey expert. She'd be the one to pass judgment on whether or not it was done and sometimes that meant ignoring that little popped up button. Nowadays, I cook a meal fairly similar to my family's traditional meal. I never seem to have the time to prepare dozens of different kinds of cookies. I also wish we had an extended family meal, but we rarely do for Christmas.
My cooking triumphs
About a year ago, I wanted a salmon pasta recipe, so I made one up. And it worked! It was the first time I just made up a recipe and it tasted good. The good news is that I wrote down what I did. The bad news is that I have currently misplaced that sheet of paper....
My cooking tragedies
Anything that has to rise with yeast. I love fresh bread, but the only way I can get it is with my bread maker. I'm also not very good with fish. Too often it's overcooked and dry, which is not good esp since I try making salmon twice a week.