I truly enjoy baking...it's sooo therapeutic! I'm also interested in the "HISTORY OF FOOD IN EARLIER CIVILAZATIONS". It amazes me to learn how people prepared a day's meal. For ex. they had to sow, glean, etc. wheat just to make that special loaf of bread-that's a lot of work! It interest me how they "stored/preserved" their foods, etc.
I also enjoy plating cuisine...presentation is really important to me.
TASTE is ESSENTIAL, but I think cuisine should "look" just as appealing as it "taste"...they sort of go hand in hand.
I love taking something as "simple" as a PBJ Sandwich and presenting it to children in a most fun, creative way. Once I served my kids PBJ sandwiches-en coute (cut-out to resemble boulders)in the back of a toy dump truck filled with "candy" rocks/pebbles and assort. homemade jams & jellies. Of course, I can't give them "candy" everytime, but the candy gravel & plastic "toy" dumptruck (serving platter) sort of made it FUN to eat that same 'ole PBJ sandwich one more ti
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking "Thanksgiving" vittles! Additionally, cooking all types of cuisine is so appealing. It doesn't matter if it's Mexican, Italian, Indian, French, Chinese, Japanese, Turkish or Greek-I embrace them all.
My new found specialty cooking includes- "Soul Food" or Cuisine for the Soul. I also enjoy cooking Cajun/Creole cuisine with my neighbor.
MY ULTIMATE FAVORITE WILL ALWAYS REMAIN: COUNTRY-STYLE "or" SOUTHERN-STYLE CUISINE...YUM!!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
To prepare a backyard bistro atleast twice a year. We set-up the entire
backyard to resemble an authentic french sidewalk bistro! The little sparkling lights against the night sky and the french music truly adds to the ambience! The small bistro-style tables & chairs, placed with tablecloths & candles are sooo cute!
The individual tables are perfect for couples, but "close" enough for everyone to share in some good 'ole conversation.
To make the moment even more special ask your kids or friends if they would like to participate in the entertainment-poetry, readings, singing, magic. If some of your relatives or friends play instruments ask them if they wouldn't mind playing a little acoustic soul or classical music at your backyard bistro.
My cooking triumphs
I think that my "KK Skillet O's" and "Boss Hogg" Jumbo Cookies are my greatest triumph! I'm told by family & friends that my "Candle-wax Celebration" Cakes are a winner. I truly enjoy sending them out to love ones for their birthdays & anniversaries.
One of my goals is to enter the Pilsbury Bake-off competition and "place" FIRST(GRAND-PRIZE WINNER) for one of my "original" recipes.
Additionally, some of my cooking triumphs evolve around "cracking" secret recipes (as Todd Wilbur does in his famous restaurant cookbooks-"CLONES")...I LOVE when people tell me their recipes are "secret"...it's such a challenge to figure it out! SO MUCH FUN BEING THE SHERLOCK HOLMES OF COOKING & BAKING SECRETS! AN AWESOME HOBBY! :-O
My cooking tragedies
One time I was baking bread and accidently used my "self-rising" flour instead of my "Bread machine" flour in my "yeast" risen dough recipe. Could you imagine the "chemical reaction"?
Yeast, baking soda/powder, sugar...WOW!
It was a Lucy & Ethel mishap, indeed!!! LOL