I am a healthcare executive who has spent the last ten years eating in restaurants or when home, bringing home take-out. Now working in my own hometown I again have time to dabble in the kitchen. I'm hoping to be able to put some interesting and delicious meals on the table.
My favorite things to cook
When I cook, I enjoy making a pretty meal. We avoid fried foods, so the main course is often grilled, baked or broiled. I was always taught a nutritious meal has a variety of colors, so vegetables and fruits are always key ingredients to my meal planning.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother is an excellent cook and enjoyed making casseroles. I still love casseroles, although it is hard to convince my husband that casseroles are more than just a few ingredients thrown together just for the sake of making a casserole. I would love to find some casserole recipes that would wow him, and allow me to enjoy the type of foods I enjoyed when growing up.
My cooking triumphs
All my cooking triumphs have been from carefully planned recipes - not just "inventing" something. That is one reason I joined this site because I feel it is the best chance for success.
My cooking tragedies
There are many... smoke alarms going off when I use the oven, exploding spinach dishes, marshmallows catching on fire while on top of a sweet potato casserole... you name it, it has happened to me. I would like to be able to "slow down and get it right" so that I'm not just known for my disasters, but the actual DISHES I fix!! I tend to have a problem with dishes that must be carefully watched or timed, because I am easily distracted by other things. I once left cupcakes in the oven for an hour and a half, creating a new recipe for charcoal briquettes! But the worst thing of all was the one and only time I tried to make gravy. I tried to mimmick my mom's gravy for rump roast. Problem is my roast gave very little juice and as my husband walked in the kitchen I was frantically trying to salvage the quarter-size spot of juice... apparently my skillet was too hot because it just ended up popping out of the pan and disappearing altogether. Sadly, no gravy for our rump roast!