Was married very young. Had 4 kids. Learned to get by on not alot,but loved to create good dishes. Married a second time now. All the kids are grown and I am a GREAT-GRANDMA now! I love cooking things that make my chidren and Grandchildren and now, GREAT-Grandchild happy. My second husband thinks I am a fantastic cook, altho I know I am just a good cook, but he insists I am wrong. After almost 21 years of marriage, he still tells me that!
My favorite things to cook
Most favorite are whatever my husband, kids or grandchildren want. It makes me feel so good to see them gobble it up because they love it. My daughters have become great cooks too.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I make some homemade noodles that are a tradition with my kids and now Grandkids for 25 years or more, every night before our Christmas celebration. One of the best times was when two of my grandchildren wanted to learn to cook the noodles! My oldest son loved a dish called "DUMPLINGS ON TOP POT OF STEWED CHICKEN". He still swears I made HIM the whole recipe and made the rest of the family something else when I made that. Not true, but who's going to tell him? He'll be 48 this year and I can't disappoint the kid! :-}
My cooking triumphs
Actually, it is when I make up recipes as I go along, putting together what I have and choosing what I think whould make it great tasting...and then it comes out even better than I thought it would. The best is when my husband or family members say "Mom, this is absolutely DELICIOUS!
My cooking tragedies
GROANNNN... too many to try to remember! I do remember one year the noodles that everyone loves so much, had to get made with more wheat flower than white, (I was out of white!) and the kids were all very polite, but disappointed!