Desserts are my first love and what I specialize in as a "retired" pastry cook. I can cook REAL food ok but I'm not naturally gifted like hubby. I like following a recipe the first time, saving most of the modifications for round two.
Hubby being a professional chef, my cooking can't shine a light next to his. If only I could get him to cook more! This may come as a shock, but most chefs don't cook elaborate meals at home for their families every night! They're tired of cooking after 60hr+ work weeks. So between a picky chef husband that prefers the same boring dinner classics and kids that won't touch most foods with a 10 foot pole... I get frustrated pouring love into my food that ends up wasted. Who wants to polish off a whole casserole dish??? Not me.
So I've turned to allrecipes to get reviews and discover new recipes that everyone will enjoy or I can tweak so the kids will eat it. I'm waiting for the day my young boys grow up and will devour anything I put in front of them!
My favorite things to cook
Desserts are my favorite because I can usually make them turn out fantastic and everyone loves to eat them. Although I've gotten a little rusty over the last couple years because I've been too busy to bake/cook much while balancing family, work and getting my Bachelors in Nursing.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love baking holiday cookies and treats with family and friends during Christmas. It's always more fun to socialize and have a few drinks while you bake. ;)
My cooking triumphs
When something I make gets devoured and people ask me to make it again because they couldn't get enough. Love that feeling. Warms my heart and soul. :D
My cooking tragedies
Once I forgot to add butter to a cake. It was VERY dry. I dabbed cake layers with simple syrup to moisten.
Once I spilled a large container of ganache made with expensive imported chocolate. My boss was not happy--- I blame it on being pregnant and clumsy.
Once (ok more than I can admit) I was too impatient to allow butter to soften or eggs come to room temp so it wouldn't cream together. Sometimes this can be fixed. Warm mixture in a metal bowl over a double boiler on low WHISKING CONSTANTLY to warm it just a tad for the ingredients to incorporate.
Once (...x10) cooked the sugar caramel too long and it burned to the pot. Easy fix. Add water to pot and boil until sugar dissolves. Start again.
Once (x20) I burnt some food that charred to the pot. (Bad at multi-tasking dinner and shows. Lol.) Empty burnt food. Boil water and baking soda in pot until food loosens to scrape. Order pizza.
Once (x50) I burned a batch of cookies. ;)
Mistakes help us learn & more are sure to come.