Full time mother, devoted wife, long time fashionista and former fashion professional who still loves to dress up, but is usually in yoga gear these days. Three energetic and constantly growing boys who are eating us out of house and home. When I married, I knew nothing of cooking. Thanks to a book of 30 minute recipes, I got over my fear and started experimenting. Had more misses than hits at first, but that first dish that I cooked well (40 clove garlic chicken) had me hooked! These days, I can follow a recipe with the best of them, but I'm not comfortable enough to improvise. Maybe someday...but to my kids, I am the best cook in the world and nothing makes me happier than a silent dinner table except for contented chewing and the occasional "mom, this is your best ever!"
My favorite things to cook
Slow cooker anything. Soups and stews are my specialty. Living in the north east, I love warm cozy food on a cold winter day.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Hmmmm....My family was never really into cooking per se, we were more from the central NJ "take out/eat out" tradition. but my Nanny (grandma) made the best matzoh ball soup ever. I miss it to this day.
My cooking triumphs
Mastered cooking chicken without cutting it open to see if it's raw. We choked down a lot of leathery chicken until I learned that skill. I also made a killer four cheese lasagna that took almost all day to make. And I make great homemade chicken noodle soup. Who knew there are so many ways to screw it up?
My cooking tragedies
Too many to name. Burnt spaghetti. Set toaster oven on fire trying to make garlic toast, burnt rice so badly that I ruined the pot....and all of those well intentioned, but inedible meals I cooked before dumping in the trash and ordering in.