From the midwest, farm country. Grandma and my aunts cooked for the teams of field workers who came around to thresh the wheat, pick the corn, etc. I remember my aunt Bonnie's canned shredded meat...beef, pork, with seasonings. Oh how good!
Those cooking "genes" are a part of me, and I follow in my mom's cooking steps. Comfort cooking 101!
My favorite things to cook
Homemade chicken and noodles, lasagna, eggplant "pizza", brined turkey, spinach dip made with Greek yogurt, melt-in-your mouth pot roast.
My favorite family cooking traditions
At Christmas my mother always made Pizzelles (Italian iron cookies). She even made them and gave them away as party favors at volunteer banquets. I continue the tradition, and give them away wrapped in a festive bow. My daughter Tina has been carrying this tradition forward, and her extendedd family expects them every Christmas.
My cooking triumphs
On a lark I submitted a recipe (given to me by my husband Ron) to the Aetna Healthy Food Fight contest this year (2010). It calls for three ingredients-bacon, green onions, and radishes. I revised the recipe to use turkey bacon, making it healthy. You serve it with bread and butter. My recipe was actually chosen as a finalist for San Diego! It was great fun, and while I did not win to go on to the cookoff, I DID get to meet Cat Cora!!!
My cooking tragedies
My first garden, I had an abundant supply of cucumbers. So I decided to make dill pickles. A co-worker gave me her prize recipe, hand-written. The recipe had the ingredients listed as 1 2 3 etc. I did not pay attention to that, and the salt was the THIRD (3) ingredient. Shall we say, "3 1/2 cup salt." (The recipe actually called for one half cup. While they were crisp, they were inedible!!!