Teach inner-city High School English, Reading, Speech/Drama. Live on 2 acres, with goals of being self-sustainable by retirement age. Have 1/2 acre of vegetable & flower gardens; along with a greenhouse. Love the outdoors, & like to fish, cook, entertain, play games. Country life is in my blood-oops, gotta run- have to go pick blackberries!
My favorite things to cook
Anything that includes ingredients from my year-round garden.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas the family has all seafood & suishi bar; spring & summer we like to grill with wood. We also can & freeze a lot, so we have the tradition of fruit salads/melons/veggies we have put up all through the holidays.
My cooking triumphs
Learning the way of suishi rolls! How to make the rice, roll, cut the fruits & veggies(thanks to my son,Jared!)
Second would be, how to 'marry' flavors & seasonings with textures & tastes of food.
My cooking tragedies
Pickling cucumbers last year, I had my 7 quarts shatter at the bottom of the jars while they were processing--Pickles afloat!! I had taken the cukes out of the frig to cut at the last minute. The jars, that were once hot, had began to get to room temp, so the cold cukes made the jars too cool when they were placed in boiling water canner: crack! Learn from this everyone! what a mess, & to lose all those jars & pickles:(