Born and raised in Pennsylvania, now living in coastal SC and lovin it! I love to read, write, and experiment in the kitchen. I now have an 8 month old grand-daughter in the home and look forward to family meals again!
My favorite things to cook
I love to do pastas with every kind of sauce I can find or create. When I was raising my 2 sons and working the crock-pot was my best friend. I still break it out every month or so...in fact I have a turkey breast going in it right now!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I guess it would have to be just all sitting around the table on a Sunday evening after a long week, to a good home cooked meal. There were 6 kids in my family so growing up both of my parents had to work. They worked opposite shifts because they could not afford a sitter for 6 kids! So the only time I felt like we had a "real" family like the neighbors was Sunday, when my mom spent all morning in the kitchen and we all sat down to eat..8 of us! lol
My cooking triumphs
When I was about 12 yrs old I saw a picture of a "bunny cake" in a magazine with directions. it was nothing special, just a box cake mix, but I thought the bunny was adorable...soooo.I gathered the ingredients...sat at the table and re-read the directions a dozen times. After the cakes (2 round pans) were baked and cooled, I took a big piece of cardboard from a box and covered it in foil, (at the time I thought I was a genius)! I then proceeded with my tongue hanging out in fierce concentration, to decorate the cake. It turned out just like the picture! fluffy coconut fur, jellybean eyes, and shoelace licorice for the whiskers! I was so proud!
My cooking tragedies
My first husband was polish and his grand-mother had a lot of great traditional recipes, one of his favorite was potato pancakes. I was 19 yrs old and knew my way around the kitchen very well, but had no idea how to make them. One day I asked her, and in her broken English she explained. Well what I lost somewhere in the translation is that I was to use grated, RAW potatoes. I used the only potatoes I could think of that could be shaped and formed into patties, mashed potatoes! Also my mother did not make alot of fried foods at home, so I did not know the oil was suppose to be hot first. Something I think his Grand-ma just assumed I knew. Well what I ended up with is something my husband referred to the rest of our marriage as "oily wads" ewwww!