I live with my husband & 3 children in Western PA. Within the past few years I have grown more passionate about cooking, which has definitely made the foods I cook taste better. The way my family would react to the dishes I cooked-that they liked-enticed me to become more passionate about it. My husband gets so excited to eat good food that I've cooked, its fun! I like to change up recipes, even if only slightly, so I can call iy my own. I do consider myself a good cook, but I need to learn more about recipes & what ingredients work best with what. I don't believe there will ever come a time when I couldn't be learning more!
My favorite things to cook
I love eating Italian Food & so I love to cook it, same with cookies & desserts. I love to cook things that put a smile on my family's face. It feels awesome to have anyone rave about one of my dishes or ask for the recipe. Overall, there aren't too many things that I don't like to cook!
My favorite family cooking traditions
What is most important to me about traditions & what I want for my family was a comment my sister made about her own recipes- "I want my kids to have a favorite dish that Mom makes, something that makes them want to bring there friends over because of the food I'm making that night, something that makes them want to come home when they're all grown up..."
My cooking triumphs
I am called upon for several recipes whenever friends & family are having parties, weddings, showers, etc.
My cooking tragedies
I don't know if these tragedies would count as I was pretty young, but- When I was 12 I wanted to make cookies for my family. I followed the recipe & when it called for Baking Powder, I wasn't sure what thay was. I found Baking Soda & assumed it was the same thing. When the cookies were done, they were crunchy & fizzed a bit when you bit into them, not to mention how bitter they were!
When I was 15 I tried to make chocolate cupcakes, boxed cake kind, when the directions called for oil, I couldn't find any. Then I thought of my mother's deep fryer & figured
I could take it from there. IT had been previously used, she had made fried chicken with it. I didn't think it would matter, after all it was oil...While the cupcakes were baking, the aroma of chocolate fried chicken started to fill the house. My mom asked me if I had in fact used her deep fryer oil, when I told her I did she laughed. The result was Chocolate-Chicken Cupcakes. Needless to say, we didn't save that recipe!